Tag: Dion

Tuesday 7/13/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist: Dion DiMucci

Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, 1939), better known as Dion, is an American singer and songwriter whose music has incorporated elements of doo-wop, rock, R&B and blues. Initially as lead singer of Dion and the Belmonts, and then in his solo career, he was one of the most popular American rock and roll performers of the pre-British Invasion era. He had 39 Top 40 hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s as a solo performer, with the Belmonts or with the Del-Satins. He is best remembered for the singles “Runaround Sue”, “The Wanderer”, “Ruby Baby” and “Lovers Who Wander”, among other hits.

Dion’s popularity waned in the mid-1960s. Toward the end of the decade, he shifted his style and produced songs that were more mature and contemplative, such as “Abraham, Martin and John”. He remained popular in the late 1960s until the mid-1970s and has continued making music since. During the 1980s, Dion produced several Christian albums. He returned to secular music in the late 1980s with Yo Frankie (1989). Between the mid-2000s and 2020, Dion released five Top Blues Albums. Critics who had dismissed his early work, labeling him as a teen idol, praised his later work and noted the influence he has had on other musicians.

Dion was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

In June 2020, Dion released Blues with Friends via Keeping the Blues Alive Records (KTBA),a new label created by Joe Bonamassa and Roy Weisman for Dion and other blues musicians to showcase their talents. The album features Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, and others. A digital album (and a double vinyl record set), Dion released a music video for every song from the album on his website and social media platforms such as Facebook and Youtube. The album reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues Albums chart (7 weeks). It also charted in United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Australia.

American Songwriter magazine honored Dion’s “Song for Sam Cooke (Here in America)” as the “Greatest of the Great 2020 Songs.”

Dion also released two Christmas songs in 2020: “Hello Christmas” (featuring Amy Grant) and “You Know It’s Christmas” (featuring Joe Bonamassa). Both songs were co-written with Mike Aquilina. Music videos were produced for both songs.

Tuesday 6pm: Sounds of The 60’s

This week on Sounds of The 60’s:  Rascals. Three Dog Night, Chicago, Chubby Checker, Otis Redding, Beatles, Isley Brothers, Kinks, Mary Wells, Johnny Cash, Richard Harris, Nancy Sinatra, Four Seasons, Dion, Elton John, Koko Taylor, Edwin Starr and many many more . . . 

Tuesday 6pm: Sounds of The 60s

This week we feature:  Yardbirds, Jimmy Ruffin, Ray Charles, Lesley Gore, Supremes, Bee Gees, Frank Sinatra, Ides of March, Duane Eddy, Dion, Kinks, Del Shannon, Cream, Rolling Stones, Cowsills and more . .  .

Monday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

gsppic“Great Soul Performances” comes your way this evening from the fairgrounds of the Eastern States Fair and Exposition; “The Big E,” in West Springfield, Massachusetts, where we are celebrating our “Centennial of Greatness.” On the playlist will be: the Spinners, Barbara Lynn, Bill Doggett, Judy Clay & Billy Vera, the Temptations & the Distants, Millie Jackson, Alive & Kicking, Ralfi Pagan, Natalie Cole, the Cleftones, Dion; ‘live in concert” at the Bottom Line in New York’s Greenwich Village and a whole lot more. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. I’ll be looking for you later from the fairgrounds at “The Big E” only on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Artist Countdown: Dion DiMucci Top 50 Hits 6pm ET @RadioMax

dionDion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, 1939), better known mononymously as Dion, is an American singer-songwriter whose work has incorporated elements of doo-wop, pop oldies music, rock and R&B styles—and, most recently, straight blues. He was one of the most popular American rock and roll performers of the pre-British Invasion era. He had more than a dozen Top 40 hits in the late 1950s and early 60s. He is best remembered for the 1961 singles, “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer“, written with Ernie Maresca.

Dion’s popularity waned in the mid-1960s, perhaps due to the public’s changing taste in pop music, and perhaps in part due to personal difficulties he had during this period. But toward the end of the decade, he shifted his style and produced songs with a more mature, contemplative feeling, such as “Abraham, Martin & John“. He became popular again in the late 1960s and into the mid-1970s, and he has continued making music ever since. Critics who had dismissed his early work, pegging him as merely a teen idol, praised his later work, and noted the influence he has had on other musicians.

Dion was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Runaround Sue
2 The Wanderer
3 Where or When
4 Donna the Prima Donna
5 No One Knows
6 A Teenager in Love
7 Love Came to Me
8 The Majestic
9 In The Still of the Night
10 And the Night Stood Still
11 Ruby Baby
12 Lovers Who Wander
13 Abraham, Martin and John
14 Drip Drop
15 Little Diane
16 Sandy
17 This Little Girl
18 I Wonder Why
19 Sea Cruise (From “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane”)
20 When You Wish Upon a Star
21 Be Careful of Stones That You Throw
22 Don’t Pity Me
23 (I Was) Born to Cry
24 Every Little Thing I Do
25 Come Go With Me
26 Purple Haze
27 Johnny B. Goode
28 A Lover’s Prayer
29 King of the New York Streets
30 Your Own Back Yard
31 From Both Sides Now
32 Lonely World
33 Sanctuary
34 Shout
35 Lonely Teenager
36 Baby, I’m In The Mood For You
37 Little Star
38 I Know You Want Me
39 New York City Song
40 Gonna Make It Alone
41 Can’t We Be Sweethearts
42 Spoonful
43 Will Love Ever Some My Way
44 My Girl The Month Of May
45 Guitar Queen
46 Shu Bop
47 Life Is But A Dream
48 Wonderful Girl
49 Daddy Rollin’
50 Turn Me Loose