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Dion and the Belmonts: Early Doo-wop and Rock and Roll Years

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Dion and the Belmonts: Early Doo-Wop and Rock and Rolls Years looks at this stellar vocal group as a single entity and as individual artists. The group consisted of four Bronx friends and school mates who went on to become doo-wop legends with memorable hits "Teenager in Love," "Where or When," and "I Wonder Why." Differences in music preferences caused them to break up and go separate ways. Dion would score several top ten hits like "Runaround Sue," "The Wanderer," "Ruby Baby," and "Abraham, Martin and John." The Belmonts would hit the charts with "Come On Little Angel," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and "Tell Me Why." They would reunite at various times during their careers to record another album and to perform a memorable concert in their hometown of New York City. Dion and the Belmonts would be inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Dion, individually, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This entertaining essay looks at their early years together and separately.

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