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Dion DiMucci was born on July 18, 1939 in the Bronx borough of [[New York City]].
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A fan of doo-wap, rock n’ roll and unusual for a lad growing up in the city,
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Dion was heavily influenced by country star Hank Williams Sr.
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At eighteen years of age, he formed Dion & The Belmonts, a group of
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neighborhood friends named after Belmont Avenue in the Bronx.
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Signed to Laurie Records, one year later they would debut with
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their first Pop chart hit, “I Wonder Why”.
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In 1959 the group had two top five hits with “A Teenager In Love”
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and “Where or When”. “Lonely Teenager” hit in 1960 with their first #1,
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“Runaround Sue”, topping the charts in 1961. Before the year ended,
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“The Wanderer” peaked at #2 nationally. Their three top ten hits in 1962,
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“Lovers Who Wonder”, “Little Diane” and “Love Came to Me” found the
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groups lead singer going solo and signing with Columbia Records for a giant
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top five hit, “Ruby Baby” in 1963.  Before the year ended “Donna the Prima Donna”
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and “Drip Drop” added two more top ten hits for Dion.
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Five years later, Dion would have a top five giant hit with
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“Abraham, Martin and John”, an anthem that flooded the nations airwaves
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in response to the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, his brother
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Robert Kennedy and civil right leader Martin Luther King.
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Dion was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
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Revision as of 14:25, 9 March 2008

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