1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Dion and the Belmonts Dion DiMucci, lead vocals, Angelo DíAleo, first tenor, Freddie Milano, second tenor, Carlo Mastrangelo, bass
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: A Teenager in Love 1959
also had hits with I Wonder Why in 1958 and Where or When in 1959.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1958-1960 Record Label: Laurie
Born and raised in the Bronx, Dion DiMucci, began singing at five and playing guitar a few years later. He found the three best Italian street singers he knew and formed a group named after Belmont Avenue. Their first hit was I Wonder Why in 1958 earning them a reputation for creating vital and exciting doo-wop music. Their biggest hits came in 1959 with A Teenager in Love and Where or When. On tour in 1959, Dion declined a ride on the plane that crashed, killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper. By the early Ď60s Dionís heroin habit, nurtured since he was sixteen, broke up the Belmonts. As a solo artist in 1960, Dion racked up #1 hits including Runaround Sue and The Wanderer. In 1968, a more contemplative Dion shot up the charts again as songwriter and singer with Abraham, Martin and John and began recording gospel albums.
Dion and the Belmonts' Best 45rpm Single Recordings: