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(Vinyl Lovers) 15 tracks Dion DiMucci established himself as the king of doo-wop in the late... more

Dion: Runaround Sue (LP, 180g Vinyl)

(Vinyl Lovers) 15 tracks

Dion DiMucci established himself as the king of doo-wop in the late 50s and early '60s. His sound exemplified the indigenous music of the 3ronx streets where he was raised. Dion made a name for himself both as a solo artist and as the leader of the vocal group The Belmonts (as well as the leader of the unheralded band The Del Satins). His unique voice and highly personal style can be heard to great effect performing a surprising array of musical genres - mainly doo wop. rock & roll and R&B. He also delivered quintessential teen-pop themes of romance. unrequited love and loneliness in a convincingly sensitive fashion.

One of young Dion's earliest inspirations was Vito Picone of The Elegants, who sang 'Where Are You, Little Star?' in a voice so sweet it provoked heartache. This would make a lasting impression on Dion and helped shape his own musical voice. As rock critic Dave Marsh once said of Dich, "You heard it in the kid with the sweet voice who had the guts to admit he was sometimes nothing but a teenager in love or just a lonely teenager. "Dion was not as dramatic or as sexually suggestive as Elvis, but neither was he cozy like the all-American teen idols Frankie Avalon and the '3 Bobbies' (V., Vinton and Rydell). As journalist Greg Shaw wrote, 'Dion was the original punk.... He was tough, arrogant, not really dangerous like Enis, but unquestionably mean.'

Much like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons epitomized blue-collar New Jersey, Dion DiMucci personified New York in the pre-Beatles era. Bruce Springsteen claimed that Dion was the only artist who could fit into the Rat Pack and The 'E Street Band' with equal ease, while songwriter Jerry Leiber stated that he was 'the best white blues singer he had ever heard.' Dion's discography is incredibly varied. Throughout his extensive career he has moved from '50s pop, rock & roll and doo-wop styles into blues, '60s pop, folk and from there into the singer-songwriter movement, Christian music, and then back to pop and blues. In a Los Angeles Times review, Kathy Orloff wrote the following about Dion: 'His style is immediately identifiable and unique, his voice is strong and rich and profoundly pure. The sound is sensitive, tangible,full. His songs show him to be open, vulnerable, and yet somehow steady.' With a career that spans over half a century, the inimitable Dion is still musically active at this writing.

The essential LP contains Dion's classic and magnificent second solo album, Runaround Sue, originally released on the Laurie label in 1961, after he split with Tne Beirnonts. The long play opens with the title track. which rose to #1 in the US pop charts. The song was co-written by Dion and Emie Maresca, and tells the story of a disloyal lover. The lyrics are sung from the point of view of a man whose former girlfriend, named Sue, was extremely unfaithful. He wams all potential lovers to avoid her at all costs, as Sue 'runs around' with every guy she meets and never settles down with any man in particular. He advises 'Now people let me put you wise, Sue goes out with other guy' and suggests that potential suitors should 'keep away from Runaround Sue'. Dion stated in his autobiography The Wanderer (1988) that although his wife's name was Susan, 'Runaround Sue' had nothing to do with her. However, during a 1990 interview with his wife on The Oprah Winfrey Show, they presented the story that the song was indeed about her. The tune starts with a melodramatic introduction in which Dion tells us not so much the story itself, but prefaces that he's going to tell us a story, accompanied by doo wop croons in the background. And then it's off to the races with the group singing a circular hook ('hey hey, womb-deh hey-de-hey-de-hey') of doo wop harmonies in the background as Dion wails wordlessly. Combined with the incessantly snapping fingers that hold down the rhythm, this passage embodies early-'60s street toughness.

The album presents two further and familiar smashes: 'The Wanderer' and 'The Majestic',  plus other highlights ranging from basic hard rock & roll ('Kansas City') to smooth teen pop. 'Lonely World' did not make much noise on the charts, despite having a great beat, a killer hook, and beautiful singing by Dion and his backup vocalists.

In addition to the original masterpiece, this collector's edition contains 3 bonus tracks recorded during that same period but not included on the LP: 'Could Somebody Take My Place Tonight',  the smash hit 'Come Go with Me',  and a great cover of Lloyd Price's 'Stagger Lee'.
Gary Blailock

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  • Interpret: Dion

  • Album titlle: Runaround Sue (LP, 180g Vinyl)


  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
  • Year of publication 2018
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 8436544171043

  • weight in Kg 0.3
Dion - Runaround Sue (LP, 180g Vinyl) LP 1
01 Runaround Sue Dion
02 Somebody Nobody Wants Dion
03 Dream Lover Dion
04 Life Is But A Dream Dion
05 The Wanderer Dion
06 Runaway Girl Dion
07 Could Somebody Take My Place Tonight Dion
08 The Majestic Dion
09 Little Star Dion
10 Lonely World Dion
11 In The Still Of The Night Dion
12 Kansas City Dion
13 Take Good Care Of My Baby Dion
14 Stagger Lee Dion
15 Come Go With Me Dion
Dion and The Belmonts A Teenager In Love Dion und die Belmonts Dion and The Belmonts... more

Dion and The Belmonts

A Teenager In Love

Dion und die Belmonts

Dion and The Belmonts
A Teenager In Love
(Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman)
Laurie 3027

The pride of the Bronx, Dion and The Belmonts personified the best in Italian-American doo-wop, by now flourishing across the boroughs of New York City. Lead singer Dion DiMucci describes his quartet's brawny sound as "black music filtered through an Italian neighborhood and comes out with an attitude: 'Yo!' It's true. It has all those elements. But the New York Italian-American, there's an element of, 'Yo! You talkin' to me?' There's this kind of idea, like you come across like you're supposed to know everything. I don't know where I got that idea, because it's absurd. But anyway, that's the attitude. I would say it's a confidence."

DiMucci assembled his Belmonts from the mean streets of his home turf, gathering first tenor Angelo D'Aleo, second tenor Fred Milano, and baritone/bass Carlo Mastrangelo. Their infectious I Wonder Why was a pop hit in the spring of 1958 on brothers Bob and Gene Schwartz's freshly minted Laurie Records, and they were just getting started (it's on our previous compilation). For their next Laurie outing, Dion and his cronies gave Fats Domino's I Can't Go On (Rosalie) a rocking reading, but it was the butter-smooth ballad flip No One Knows that made the charts late that summer, actually bettering I Wonder Why at #19 pop. Before year's end, they charted again with another tender ballad, Don't Pity Me.

Brill Building denizens Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman were about to embark on an incredible songwriting roll, having just handed Fabian his first smash. "I wanted to do 'Turn Me Loose,'" notes Dion. "I liked 'Turn Me Loose.'" The prolific duo had something special for Dion and The Belmonts too. "The way 'A Teenager In Love' came in, Ricky Nelson had 'Poor Little Fool.' So I kind of sang it to The Belmonts, and they started doing this thing," says Dion. "Then Mort Shuman and Doc Pomus, they had another song, I forget what it was called. And they kind of changed it to 'Teenager In Love,' and put that together. So it was kind of wonderful to just kind of sit on this blanket, the sound that the group was making. But definitely, if you listen to 'Poor Little Fool,' you can hear what kind of inspired it.' Waxed March 3, 1959 and issued on the same month with the mellow I've Cried Before on the flip, A Teenager In Love was a #5 pop smash that spring. Dion and The Belmonts were now teen idols. DiMucci wisely never underestimated the value of his songwriters.

"Doc Pomus was like a father to me, very much so. He really encouraged me. I miss him. He was just a great guy. I just used to like talking to Doc. Mort Shuman I loved. Mort Shuman was totally incredible," says Dion. "He was a great guy to hang out with. He was so interesting. I loved being with him."

Various Street Corner Symphonies 1959 Vol.11
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