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Dion Announces Summer Tour Dates

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Bronx doo-wop legend Dion DiMucci has just announced eight summer dates, hitting various stops in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Dion and his original backing group the Belmonts helped bring white doo-wop from the Bronx to the national charts with such hits as “I Wonder Why” and “A Teenager In Love.” The group went on to tour nationally, and were co-headliners on the ill-fated “Winter Dance Party” tour that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson on February 3rd, 1959.

Dion went solo from the group in 1960, and immediately scored with hits such as “The Wanderer,” “Runaround Sue,” “Donna The Prima Donna,” “Ruby Baby” — and later in the decade with “Abraham, Martin, And John.”

Dion says that despite the many genres he’s tackled, including doo-wop, R&B, pop, rock, blues and gospel, his music is all coming from the same source: “I’ve always felt that if you’re sitting in a room with me, and I’m playing ‘Walkin’ Blues’ or ‘Ruby Baby’ — or anything from the Phil Spector album (he produced for me), or anything from the gospel albums — it’s all ‘Dion’ music. If you hear it in the room with the guitar, it sounds pretty much. . . it sounds like me.”

July 12 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
July 15 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
July 20 – Staten Island, NY – St. George’s Theater
July 21 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury
July 27 – Wilkes Barre, PA – Kirby Center
July 29 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Center
August 3 – Morristown, NY – Mayo Performing Arts Center
August 5 – Asbury Park, NJ – Paramount Theatre

Photo Courtesy of The Orchard

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