Dion on American Bandstand in 1959

Lonely Teenager
#5 in 1959


Dion DiMucci was born in the Bronx, New York, July 18, 1939. He called his group Dion and the Belmonts, after Belmont Street in the Bronx. The group included tenor Fred Milano, tenor Angelo D'Aleo and bass singer Carlo Mastrangelo. Their success won Dion and the Belmonts a place on the "Winter Dance Party" tour with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. On February 2, 1959, after playing at Clear Lake, Iowa, Dion decided that he could not afford the $36 cost of a flight to the next venue. The plane crashed, Holly and the other stars were killed. In March 1959, Dion and the Belmonts’ next single, "A Teenager In Love", was released, making # 5 in the US pop charts and # 28 in the UK. Their biggest hit, "Where or When", was released in November 1959, and reached #3 on the US charts. However, in early 1960, Dion checked in to the hospital for heroin addiction, and in October 1960 Dion decided to quit for a solo career. In 1968 he kicked heroin and re-emerged as a gentle folk-rocker, and scored a #4 hit single, "Abraham, Martin and John." Dion also sings the Downshifters of Booklyn's theme song, "King of the New York Streets".Today, DiMucci continues to perform on the oldies circuit from time to time.
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