Personalities | Dion & The Belmonts | Fifties | Rock

(Vocal group, 1958–present)

Formed in New York’s Bronx in 1958 by Dion DiMucci, Angelo D’Aleo, Carlo Mastangelo and Fred Milano, this doo-wop group had had several US hits by 1960, including 1959’s ‘A Teenager In Love’, also a UK hit. Dion went solo in 1960, scoring more US hits, the biggest 1961’s million-selling US No. 1, ‘Runaround Sue’, but label changes and drug addiction limited his big hits to the million-selling 1968 hit, ‘Abraham, Martin & John’. Periodic reunions with The Belmonts, 1975’s Phil Spector-produced ‘Born To Be With You’ and 1989’s Dave Edmunds-produced ‘Yo Frankie’ confirmed his legendary status.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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