Hello,  Dion DiMucci is a legend in both rock and roll and doo-wop music.  He has been making great music since the late 1950’s.  We all the big hits, I WONDER WHY, A TEENAGER IN LOVE, RUNAROUND SUE, THE WANDERER and on and on, if fact he has charted 39 hit single records, with The Belmonts and as a solo artist.  In 1964 Dion charted his version of JOHNNY B. GOODE on Columbia Records.  The song reached #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  That would be his last Columbia hit single.  Dion would be off the pop chart until 1968 when he would come back with a vengeance.

On October 26, 1968 Dion’s latest masterpiece would make its Billboard Hot 100 debut.  ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN, is the song, written by Dick Holler.  It is a tribute to the memories of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F, Kennedy and Robert Kennedy.  It was written as a response to the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy.  This song was a departure from the music Dion had become famous for in the late 50’s and early 60’s.  Abraham, Martin and John, was on Laurie Records, the label Dion had much chart success on, with The Belmonts and as a solo artist.  The singles climbed the Hot 100 all the way to #4 and remained on the chart for 14 weeks.  The single also became the #1 record in Canada.  Dion was awarded an RIAA “Gold Record” for selling over 1 million copies.  In 2001 this classic recording would be ranked #248 on the RIAA’s Songs of the Century list.  The record was also a huge hit on the Billboard Easy Listening chart, reaching #8.

Yes, Dion was back on the pop chart and sounding better than ever.  In 1981 he would begin recording Christian music and as you would expect, he was very successful at it.  He has recorded some great music and continues today, with albums of old rock and roll done Dion’s way.  He had sung the Blues, Christian, Doo-Wop and Rock and Roll.  Dion DiMucci is a legend, an American treasure, that is still an important piece of the music of today.  His concerts are sold out events, as his legend continues to grow.  He is one of the most important artists from the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”

Till the next time—Joe

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