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Dion and The Belmonts

A Teenager In Love

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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Dion: Bronx Blues - The Columbia Recordings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD469060
 

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(1991/Columbia) 20 tracks (55:04) 1962-65 with 12 page booklet.  - European pressing - new stock copy. (Bear Family Records)

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Dion: New Masters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL2797
 

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(2003/Collectables) 18 tracks (67:11) 2 new songs, 5 new covers, 11 classics revisited featuring an acoustic version of 'Abraham,Martin And John'.  - Dion and his music represent a special time and place... a moment when a song could mean so much and a singer...

$23.54 *

Dion & The Belmonts: Best
Art-Nr.: CDMFP6218
 

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(1996/EMI) 21 tracks - original 50/60s Hits !

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Dion: Bronx Blues - The Columbia Recordings (CD, US Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDCGK46972
 

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(1991/Columbia) 20 tracks (55:04) - The Columbia Recordings 1962-1965 - 12 page booklet.  - Originally sealed US Legacy Longbox packaging - collector's item. (Bear Family Records)

$35.34 *

Dion: Yo Frankie (1989)
Art-Nr.: CDCHM1356
 

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(2012/ACE) 10 tracks (41:06) with 16 page of lyrics, notes and photos. Dion's superb 1989 album, featuring the production and guitar work of Dave Edmunds, an all-star band and guest appearances from Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Bryan Adams, k.d. lang and Patty Smyth.

$15.05 *

Dion & The Belmonts: Together Again (And More)
Art-Nr.: CDABC599
 

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(2002/ABC) 25 tracks (11 unreleased)

$35.34 *

Dion: Sanctuary - Suite For Late Summer...plus
Art-Nr.: CDCHD792
 

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​(2009/Ace) 25 tracks

$11.74 *

Dion & The Belmonts: Wish Upon A Star & Alone With Dion
Art-Nr.: CDCH945
 

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CD on ACE RECORDS by DION & THE BELMONTS - Wish Upon A Star & Alone With Dion

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Dion & The Belmonts: Wish Upon A Star With Dion And The Belmonts (1960) - re Vinyl LP
Art-Nr.: LPCOL5026
 

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(Collectables) 12 tracks, rare re-issue

$23.31 *

Dion: Runaround Sue - Best Of The Rest - Stereo
Art-Nr.: CDCH915
 

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CD on ACE RECORDS by DION - Runaround Sue - Best Of The Rest - Stereo

$20.95 *

Dion: Live In New York
Art-Nr.: CDCHD797
 

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​(2001/ACE) 12 tracks

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Dion: Born To Be With You (180g vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHIQ033
 

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(2015/Ace) 8 tracks. 1975 emerged the produced by Phil Spector cult album in many months of studio work. Unlike the previous folk albums was 'Born to Be With You' instrumental overloaded and is considered one of the last genius pranks Spector. Sessions that were...

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Dion: Inside Job (1980) & Only Jesus (1981)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD895
 

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(2003/ACE) 19 tracks

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Dion & The Belmonts: I Can't Go On - No One Knows
Art-Nr.: LAURIE3015
 

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Single (7 Inch) on SINGLES RECORDS by Dion & The Belmonts - I Can't Go On - No One Knows

$17.70 *

Dion: I Put Away My Idols & Kingdom In The Streets
Art-Nr.: CDCHD898
 

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(2003/ACE) 20 tracks two original Gospel albums from 1983 & 1985

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Dion: Dion's Greatest Hits (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CD28DP1053
 

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(CBS/Sony Japan) 10 tracks - mono. Originally sealed, new stock copy.(Bear Family Records)

$94.34 *

Dion & The Belmonts: 18 Greatest Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP6187041
 

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(Companion) 18 tracks

$17.64 *

Dion: Deja Nu
Art-Nr.: CDCHD765
 

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(2001/ACE) 11 tracks, New studio album !

$11.74 *

Dion: Born To Be With You - Street Heart
Art-Nr.: CDCHD793
 

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(2009/ACE) 20 tracks the stunning 1975 Phil Spector Album plus 'Streetheart'

$20.00 *

Dion: Don't Start Me Talkin' - Columbia 1962-65
Art-Nr.: CDSPV42302
 

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(2007/BLUE) 17 tracks - digipac with 8 page booklet

$15.22 *

Dion: Born To Be With You..plus
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1566
 

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(2010/COLLECTABLES) 12 tracks (8 produced by Phil Spector)

$17.64 *

Dion: Abraham, Martin And John...plus
Art-Nr.: CDCHM1147
 

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(2007/ACE) 11 tracks - his first Warner Brothers album from 1968

$11.74 *

Dion: The Road I'm On - A Retrospective (2-CD) EU
Art-Nr.: CDSPV42312
 

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(1997/SONY/SPV) 35 tracks (101:53) Columbia...plus material, digipac

$11.74 *

Dion: Son Of Skip James...plus
Art-Nr.: CDSPV42322
 

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(2007/SPV) 15 tracks - digipac with 12 page booklet

$18.76 *

Dion: The Wanderer Then And Now 5-CD
Art-Nr.: CDCOL0127
 

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Wooden Box 15x30.5 cm with Laurie, Columbia and new recordings

$58.88 *

Dion: Lovers Who Wander - So Why Didn't You Do That..
Art-Nr.: CDCH943
 

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CD on ACE RECORDS by DION - Lovers Who Wander - So Why Didn't You Do That..

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Dion: Return Of The Wanderer - Fire In The Night
Art-Nr.: CDCHD936
 

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(2009/ACE) 18 tracks

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Dion: Sit Down Old Friend - You're Not Alone..plus
Art-Nr.: CDCHD791
 

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​(2009/ACE) 22 tracks

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Dion: You're Not Alone & Suite For Late Summer
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1568
 

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$18.82 *

Dion & Friends: Live New York City (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL2899
 

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(2005/COL) 18 tracks & dialogues recorded 1987 with 8 page photo booklet. Featuring Darlene Love, Little Steven, Carlo (Belmonts) a.o. Klasse Konzert mit vielen Gästen und Dion in Top Form - Highlight !

$21.12 *

Dion: Bronx In Blue (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0604004
 

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(51:37/14)

$23.54 *

Dion: I Put Away My Idols - Kingdom In The Streets
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1636
 

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$15.93 *

Dion: Dion - Abraham, Martin & John (1968) Vinyl LP
Art-Nr.: SLP2047
 

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(1968/LAURIE) 10 tracks - Stereo, slight storage coverwear

$23.54 *

Dion: Runaround Sue
Art-Nr.: LP2011084
 

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(2014/Rumble Records) 11 tracks

$21.18 *

Dion: Drip Drop
Art-Nr.: LPH42917
 

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​(Harmony) 16 tracks

$17.41 *

Dion & The Belmonts: Presenting Dion And The Belmonts (1959) re Vinyl LP (Cut-Out)
Art-Nr.: LPCOL5025
 

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(Collectables) 12 tracks, re-issue of their first LP with original art & notes - small cut/hole in cover About Dion and The Belmonts You know, it's a pretty unusual thing when four fellows can parlay singing in the subway into a successful career. There...

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Dion: Seasons (Vinyl-LP) Cut-Out
Art-Nr.: LPSPCN412901
 

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(1984/Word Records) 10 tracks

$14.75 *

Dion: Ruby Baby - He'll Only Hurt You (7inch, 45rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL42662
 

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Original 'Columbia ' 45rpm record from 1962

$11.80 *

Dion: Feelin' No Pain (7inch, EP, 33rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: 45ET15023
 

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(2015/El Toro) 5 tracks, 7inch EP at 33rpm speed with big center and picture sleeve. Fantastic compilation of 4 big Dion hits and a previously unreleased track, 'Feelin' No Pain', from 1962 made for an unfinished movie named 'Ten Girls Ago'! The song is known by...

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Dion: The Complete Laurie Singles (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0092
 

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(2012/REAL GONE) 36 Laurie single sides in original mono mixes. Incl. classic as 'Runaround Sue', 'The Wanderer'. Many never on CD! 20 page booklet of notes by Ed Osborne (with input by Dion DiMucci)

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Dion: Velvet & Steel (1986) Vinyl LP (Cut-Out)
Art-Nr.: LPWR8372
 

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(1986/WORD) 10 tracks

$14.75 *

Dion: For Always-28 Greatest Hits & Favorites
Art-Nr.: CDRMB75170
 

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(2012/Remember) 28 tracks

$11.74 *

Dion: Lovers Who Wander (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LP772169
 

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(2017/Wax Time) 14 Tracks - Classic 1962 album plus 2 bonus tracks, incl. the hits 'King Without A Queen' and 'Born To Cry'! Featuring The Del Satins!

$25.90 *

Dion: Inside Job & Only Jesus
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1635
 

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$15.93 *

Dion: Sanctuary & Sit Down Old Friend
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1571
 

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$18.82 *

Dion: Dream On Fire & Streetheart
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1570
 

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$18.82 *

Dion: Velvet & Steel (1986)...plus
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1637
 

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(2010/COLLECTABLES) 11 tracks

$15.93 *

Dion & The Belmonts: Where Or When - That's My Desire
Art-Nr.: LAURIE3044
 

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$14.75 *

Dion: The Wanderer b-w No One Knows 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: 45URC2101
 

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Classic Sounds on nice marbelized colored wax.

$8.85 *

Dion & The Belmonts: Alone And Together 1960-62 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS235
 

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(2013/Jasmine) 56 tracks

$20.00 *

Dion: Tank Full Of Blues (2011)
Art-Nr.: CD167872
 

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(2011/BLUE HORIZON) 11 tracks

$16.46 *

   
 
 
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