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Album Review

Columbia Records has issued numerous Dion compilations in the past. First, there was 1991's Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings, which featured a number of left-field selections and was a surprisingly fine collection despite not including "Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer." Then there was 1997's The Road I'm On, a double-disc retrospective that featured pretty much everything from Bronx Blues ("Sweet Papa Di" excepted) and the hits from the Laurie period. The Essential Dion showcases 14 cuts, all of them either major or minor Dion hits. This set has all the number ones from Laurie and Columbia — the aforementioned as well as "Ruby Baby," "Drip Drop" and "Abraham, Martin and John," and contains the first-ever CD release of "No One's Waiting for Me," for those who would have resisted another Dion collection otherwise.


Born: 18 July 1939 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bridging the era between late-'50s rock and the British Invasion, Dion DiMucci (born July 18, 1939) was one of the top white rock singers of his time, blending the best elements of doo wop, teen idol, and R&B styles. Some revisionists have tried to cast him as a sort of early blue-eyed soul figure, although he was probably more aligned with pop/rock, at first as the lead singer of the Belmonts, and then as a solo star. Drug problems slowed him down in the mid-'60s, yet he made some surprisingly interesting...
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