Dion Coming To Paramount Peekskill 6/18
Dion "wanders" into the Paramount Center For The Arts for a rare concert appearance on Friday, June 18th.
Singer Dion DiMucci, known simply as Dion, epitomized the music of the Bronx streets where he grew up. In 1957, he teamed with three neighborhood pals to form Dion and the Belmonts (named for Belmont Avenue, in the Bronx). In the late 1950s they recorded the hit, "I Wonder Why", which earned them a place on the Winter Dance Party Tour with Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper. In fact, not being able to afford the cost of plane fare, kept Dion and The Belmonts off the fateful flight that took the lives of these artists. In 1959, Dion and The Belmonts released "Teenager In Love" and "Where and When".
In 1960, Dion left The Belmonts to get back to his rock and roll roots and teamed up with a New Group, The Del-Satins. Soon Dion was at the top of the charts with "Runaround Sue", his first #1 hit, which was followed by "The Wanderer". By the end of 1961, Dion was a major star, with a worldwide touring schedule, and an appearance in the film Twist Around the Clock. He followed up with a string of hit singles "Lovers Who Wander", "Little Diane" and "Love Came To Me", which all charted in the top 10. At the end of 1962, Dion was the first rock-and-roll artist ever signed to Columbia Records, who released "Ruby Baby", "Donna the Prima Donna" and "Drip Drop".Dion's star dimmed in the wake of the British Invasion and some personal setbacks that included a struggle with drug addiction. However, he re-emerged in 1968 with a more introspective, folk-based style that earned him his tenth Top 10 with "Abraham, Martin and John." In 1973, he reunited with the Belmonts for a concert at Madison Square Garden that resulted in a well-received live album, Reunion. In 2000, Dion and The Belmonts were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Dion, in a rare concert appearance, at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Friday, June 18. Showtime is 8 pm. The theatre is located at 1008 Brown Street in Peekskill. Tickets start at just $39. For more information, please call (914) 739-2333 or to purchase tickets, call TICKET FORCE at (877) 840-0457 or online at www.paramountcenter.org.