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Dion and the Belmonts

Friday, March 23, 2012

Dion and the Belmonts -

A great singing group from the 1950s. Here is some History about them directly from Wikipedia:

After an unsuccessful first single, the group was signed to Laurie Records. Their breakthrough came when "I Wonder Why" reached No. 22 on the Billboard Top 100 chart, and the group appeared for the first time on American Bandstand. They followed it up with the ballads "No One Knows" (No. 19) and "Don’t Pity Me" (No. 40).
This success won Dion and the Belmonts their first major tour in late 1958, with The Coasters, Buddy Holly and Bobby Darin, and this was followed by the "Winter Dance Party" tour with Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. On 2 February 1959, after playing at the Surf Ballroom, Dion decided that he could not afford the $36 cost of a flight to the next venue. The plane crashed; Holly, Valens, The Big Bopper, and the pilot were killed on 3 February 1959, shortly after midnight. However, the tour continued, with Jimmy Clanton and Bobby Vee being added to the bill as replacements.[citation needed]
In March 1959, Dion and the Belmonts’ next single, "A Teenager in Love", was released, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 28 in the UK Singles Chart, and this was followed by an album, Presenting Dion and the Belmonts. Their biggest hit, "Where or When", was released in November 1959, and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In early 1960, Dion checked into a hospital for heroin addiction, a problem he had had since his mid-teens. Other singles released for the group that year were less successful. In addition, there were musical and financial disputes between Dion and members of the Belmonts. In October 1960, Dion decided to quit for a solo career with a new backing group, The Del-Satins, reaching the top of the charts with songs "The Wanderer", "Runaround Sue" and "Ruby Baby". On later reissues these songs would often be erroneously attributed to Dion and the Belmonts. The Belmonts also continued to release records, but with less success.
Dion and the Belmonts reunited in 1966 for the unsuccessful album Together Again on ABC Records, and again in 1972 for a one-off show at Madison Square Garden, recorded and released as a live album.
In 1968, as a single act, Dion recorded "Abraham, Martin and John" written by Dick Holler. It is a tribute to the memories of icons of social change, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. It was written as a response to the assassinations of King and the younger Kennedy in April and June of 1968.
In 2000, Dion and the Belmonts were inducted in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Here is one of my favorites, enjoy!

Remember Cole Porter

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

One of the many Legends of Songwriting - Cole Porter was a genius songwriter.
 (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964)

He was known for that famous song, "Anything Goes." Much of the music he had written were done by other performers. He had much of his music in film from the 1930s to the 1950s. We all know that song by Frank Sinatra called, "I've Got You Under my Skin." This was also written by Cole Porter. Broadway musicals was the creative universe of Cole Porter. Here is a link to his Biography on Wikipedia.

Here is a reminder of Cole Porter. Here is one of his works called, :" You're the Top"

Remember the Scarecrow

Sunday, March 11, 2012

We are all familiar with the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. But do we know the actor's name? Well you do now. His name was Ray Bolger. You can visit this link for full details of his life. As an entertainer, he began the first part of his life in Broadway. He was also a dancer. He then entered film and television. 1954-55 he had his own television show on ABC. He later on would appear off and on in television. Check out his filmography to see the earlier films. He had a very unique original dancing style. A true talent.
(January 10, 1904 – January 15, 1987)