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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: Lovers Who Wander (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPCRNBR16014
 

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(Cornbread) 12 tracks - Virgin HQ Vinyl - MP3 download code included  - Dion, known for his hit 'The Wanderer', made his comeback in 1962 with a follow-up hit to the historical single. 'Lovers Who Wander', which was a great success and reached number 3 in the...

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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...

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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)

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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.

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

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

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Dion: Kickin' Child - The Lost Album 1965 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCED411
 

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(2017/Norton) 15 tracks (43:59) with 12 page booklet. Mastereddc by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios, New York, NY.  - The lost 1965 Columbia album arrives- 52 years later! Here it is on compact disc with all of Dion's blueswailin', folk-blazin', rock n'...

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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

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Dion: Kickin' Child - 1965 Columbia Session (7inch, 45rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: 45NR196
 

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(2017/Norton) 2-Track Single - Stormin' title track from the album plus a non-LP never-heard and never-released B-side flip of Chuck Berry's Too Much Monkey Business! It doesn't come cooler than these two '65 tracks cut at Columbia records. From the vaults?...

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Dion: Runaround Sue (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LP6785503
 

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(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...

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

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(ACE Records) 11 tracks 1968. The world is in turmoil. The US are fighting in Vietnam. The Russians are invading Czechoslovakia. Students are rioting in Paris and Chicago. Martin Luther King is gunned down in Memphis. While this is going on Dion DiMucci is down in...

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

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

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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

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

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​(2001/ACE) 12 tracks

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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)

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

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​(2009/Ace) 25 tracks

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

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(ACE Records) 22 tracks Given the constrictions that bind most artists to their public persona, Dion's reinvention of himself in the early years of the 70s in both his music and his message, is a remarkable achievement. Over the course of four albums, Sit Down Old...

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

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(ACE Records) 18 tracks Between 1978 and the Yo Frankie album, Dion Di Mucci abandoned secular music completely and cut nothing but gospel material for 10 years. His swansong in '78 was the album Return Of The Wanderer - this features his band the Streethearts and...

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

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

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Dion & The Belmonts: Teenagers In Love 1957-60 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS153
 

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(2010/JASMINE) 43 tracks

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

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

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

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

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Dion & The Belmonts: Presenting... & Runaround Sue
Art-Nr.: CDCHD966
 

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(2000/ACE) 28 tracks

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

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(51:37/14)

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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 !

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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

$58.38 *

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

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(ACE Records) 20 tracks the stunning 1975 Phil Spector Album plus 'Streetheart' The much sought-after Phil Spector-produced Dion LP coupled with his final Warner Bros album. Every school day afternoon I'd have my portable transistor pressed up to my ear from 3:45pm...

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Dion: Deja Nu
Art-Nr.: CDCHD765
 

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

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

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

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

$18.60 *

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

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Dion: Yo Frankie (1989) Vinyl LP
Art-Nr.: LP209766
 

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(1989/Arista) 10 tracks. If ever there was a couplet to re-establish the early stance of Dion records, it can be found in ‘King Of The New York Streets’: “I didn’t need no bodyguard. I just ruled from my backyard”. This opening track on “Yo Frankie”, Dion’s 1989...

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

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(1984/Word Records) 10 tracks

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

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

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Dion: Runaround Sue
Art-Nr.: LP2011084
 

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(2014/Rumble Records) 11 tracks

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Dion: The Best Of (2-LP - Cut-Out)
Art-Nr.: LPPDL21142
 

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(1986/CBS) 16 tracks

$17.55 *

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

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(1986/WORD) 10 tracks

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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!

$25.68 *

Dion: Kickin' Child - The Lost Album 1965 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNR411
 

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(2017/Norton) 15 Tracks - Gatefold Cover - The lost 1965 Columbia album arrives- 52 years later! Here it is on vinyl with all of Dion's blueswailin', folk-blazin', rock n' stormin' monsters, track after track after track. Cut in '65 with producer Tom Wilson on all...

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

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(ACE Records) 30 tracks Dion gets the back to back treatment again, this time with the original 1962 Lovers Who Wander album backed with our own 1985 compilation So Why Didn't You Do That The First Time, which is a collection of out-takes, including the first of two...

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

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(2013/Jasmine) 56 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: Drip Drop
Art-Nr.: LPH42917
 

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​(Harmony) 16 tracks

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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

$23.11 *

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

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(2012/Remember) 28 tracks

$11.64 *

Dion: Runaround Sue b-w I Wonder Why 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: 45COL2100
 

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

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Classic Sounds on nice marbelized colored wax.

$8.78 *

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

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(2011/BLUE HORIZON) 11 tracks

$13.88 *

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

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Dion: The Wanderer b-w No One Knows 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: 45COL2101
 

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

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(2010/COLLECTABLES) 11 tracks

$15.80 *

   
 
 
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