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Elvis and Dion at the Garden – 40 years on

Written by admin on June 9, 2012 – 9:55 pm -

New York City was an exciting place to be for rock ‘n’ roll fans in June 1972, with Dion and the Belmonts coming together for a highly-anticipated reunion at Madison Square Garden on June 2, and Elvis Presley performing four sold-out shows at the same venue the following weekend. Forty years on, Harley Payette takes a look at the legendary gigs and the musical context in which they took place.

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Fred Milano of the Belmonts dies aged 72

Written by admin on January 3, 2012 – 8:21 am -

Founding member of the Belmonts, Fred Milano, passed away on Sunday from lung cancer. He was 72.

Milano was born in New York on August 22, 1939 and formed the Belmonts as a teenager in the mid-1950s, along with Angelo D’Aleo and Carlo Mastrangelo. After joining forces with Dion DiMucci, the group entered their most successful period, with classic singles including “I Wonder Why” and “Teenager In Love.”

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Dion’s “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer” – 50 years on

Written by admin on October 21, 2011 – 7:56 am -

Harley Payette celebrates the 50th anniversary of Dion DiMucci’s classic back-to-back singles “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer.”

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Happy Birthday to Dion and Martha

Written by admin on July 18, 2010 – 7:00 am -

Two of the great group leaders of the golden era of popular music share a birthday today. Dion DiMucci hits 71 and Martha Reeves hits 69.

Lets enjoy two classic songs from each.

Dion DiMucci

Dion DiMucci was only 18 years old when he scored a top 20 hit with his band the Belmonts in early 1958. The song was “I Wonder Why” and other classic songs such as “Teenager in Love” followed before Dion went solo in 1960. Dion’s biggest chart success actually came after his time with the Belmonts, with the smash hits “Runaround Sue” (#1) and “The Wanderer” (#2). The Del-Satins backed Dion on these tracks, but it is common for the Belmonts to be wrongly credited on both.

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