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Dion DiMucci’s artistic journey remains a fascinating one, and the high points of his career’s first decade are offered on The Essential Dion (2005). Together with the Belmonts, he had scored two still-enduring singles in 1961 with “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer,” as galvanizing a pair of hits as any rock act of the era could claim. On these and similar tunes, Dion brought a near-operatic passion to his take on street-corner doo-wop; moreover, his original material showed an earthy intelligence and sure feel for rhythm. Worthy follow-ups like “Lovers Who Wander” and the urbanely bluesy “Ruby Baby” followed, and “Drip Drop” and “Donna The Prima Donna” marked the close of the first phase of Dion’s career. Battling a serious drug problem and changes in the music market, he retreated from the spotlight before re-emerging as an acoustic-oriented solo balladeer. This radical makeover let to some of his very finest work, and his poignant version of “Abraham, Martin And John” deservedly earned him a Top Five single in late 1968. The song provides an inspiring coda to this satisfying survey of Dion’s music.

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The Essential Dion

Please make "abraham, martin and john" available for single purchase. What is the reason for this?

abraham, martin and john

abraham, matin and john needs to become a song availabke for single purchase ASAP


Today I wanted to purchase the song "Abraham, Martin, and John". It is a beautiful song and should be enjoyed by people who want to appreciate it, and who don't want to pay for an entire album. Let's work on changing this, Itunes.


Born: July 18, 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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