Showing posts with label Dion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dion. Show all posts

Nov 19, 2016

Dion - Donna The Prima Donna on Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965) (1963)

Dion - Donna The Prima Donna on Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965) (1963)
"Donna the Prima Donna" is a song written by Dion DiMucci and Ernie Maresca and performed by Dion. The song reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #17 on the R&B chart in 1963. The song appeared on his 1963 album, Donna the Prima Donna.

The song was produced by Robert Mersey and arranged by DiMucci. The backing group on the song is The Del-Satins.

The song was ranked #86 on Billboard magazine's Top Hot 100 songs of 1963.

The song references Zsa Zsa Gabor and how the titular girl in the song tries to look like her.

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Runaround Sue by Dion & The Belmonts
A Teenager In Love by Dion & The Belmonts
Donna The Prima Donna by Glen Stuart Chorus
Don't Worry, Baby by The Beach Boys
Oh Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
Denise by Randy & The Rainbows

Nov 2, 2016

Dion - Ruby Baby on Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965)

Dion - Ruby Baby on Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965)
"Ruby Baby" is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was originally recorded by The Drifters. Their version was released on a single by Atlantic Records as catalog number 45 1089 in 1956.

Columbia Records released a remake by Dion on a single recorded in 1962, as catalogue number 4 42662. It reached No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 (behind "Hey Paula" by Paul & Paula), giving him a major worldwide success.

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"Ruby Baby" — Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks [later the Band]. NC, 1958. Dion [DiMucci] did a sensational cover (#2, 1-63) of Hawkins' cover of the Drifters' "Ruby Baby" (NC, '56, #10, 5-56 R & B). Dion's -Ruby Baby" is a direct line of Streetcorner/Snarly Sax White Soul, coming off his monster hits #1, 9-61 "Runaround Sue" and #2 12-61 -The Wanderer." Ronnie Hawkins, though, might just have the best of the three versions. With his vintage Rockabilly tenor growl, he suggests early Elvis, or Gene Vincent, at their best. The Arkansas and Toronto traveler later assembled his Canadian Hawks into Robbie Robertson's famous the Band, Bob Dylan's back-up band. The Band starred Levon Helm and bassist Rick Danko (1943-2000). In this rollicking Rockabilly stomper, Hawkins' on-fire piano prances and zooms at Nascar speed, rivalling Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard or Johnnie Johnson.

Aug 30, 2015

Dion - Runaround Sue (1961)

Dion - Runaround Sue (1961) - On WLCY Radio
"Runaround Sue" is a pop song, in a doo-wop style, originally a US No. 1 hit for the singer Dion during 1961 after he split with the Belmonts. The song ranked No. 342 on the Rolling Stone list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The song was written by Dion with Ernie Maresca, and tells the story of a disloyal lover.

The lyrics are sung from the point of view of a man whose former girlfriend, named Sue, was extremely unfaithful. He warns all potential lovers to avoid her at all costs, as Sue "runs around" with every guy she meets and never settles down with any man in particular. He advises "Now people let me put you wise, Sue goes out with other guys" and suggests that potential suitors should 'keep away from Runaround Sue'.