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Dion's Wild Tales

Dion DeMucci, American rock singer from the Bronx. Hits 1959 - 1963, with the Belmonts: "I Wonder Why", "A Teenager in Love". Solo hits: "The Wanderer", "Runaround Sue". Comeback in 1968 with "Abraham, Martin and John".
Date:    Tue, 3 Oct 1995 18:03:00 EST
From:    Patricia Jungwirth (tricia.j@AARDVARK.APANA.ORG.AU)
Subject: Dion's Wild Tales

Someone posted something the other day about Dion's records being
re-released on Columbia CD's, and how he talked about sitting in on Dylan
sessions in the 60's.

I came across this in an old edition of 'Musician' Magazine (Nov 92) when I
was looking up something else.

'Dion regaled one songwriter panel with stories of touring with Buddy Holly,
being introduced to blues records by John Hammond Sr (Dion demonstrated how
he imitated John Lee Hooker's "Walking Boogie" to come up with "Ruby Baby")
and how, through Hammond and producer Tom Wilson, he got to watch Bob Dylan
make his early records. Dion claimed that he and his musicians convinced
Wilson to let them overdub an electric band on "Maggie's Farm" - and when
Dylan heard it he decided to go electric (tales do sometimes grow a little
tall at the Bottom Line).
"Dylan was a wild man," Dion said, "like somebody let him out of a cage!
He'd walk into the session, they'd get all these jazz musicians up there,
and he'd say 'Follow me!'" Dion launched into an impression of Dylan wailing
his lyrics and flailing an acoustic guitar. "They'd say, 'Wait a minute!
You're doing too many!' He'd say, 'That's right.' They'd say, 'But one time
you did it two bars too many and then you did it... ' He'd say, 'That's
right, follow me!' They'd have to follow him. They'd hold their ass and they
were on a ride! It was wild watching him! It was crazy."

Date: Tue, 3 Oct 1995 17:57:40 +0100 From: "Chr. Ter-Nedden" (gternedden@PING.CH) Subject: Re: Dion's Wild Tales Dion did a marvellous version of "One Too Many Mornings" on his 1992 CD "Dreams on Fire." He also mentioned Dylan in another track on that album, a song about the history of rock called "What's That Sound": "Dylan forced us all to think..." This is one of my favourite non-Dylan records. Chris
Date: Sat, 30 Nov 1996 17:50:18 +0000 From: Christian Ter-Nedden ( To: Subject: Dion DiMucci & Dylan Hi Karl Erik I came across an old post of mine to the digest re Dion DiMucci and Dylan. At the time, I wrote that Dion covered One Too Many Mornings. In the meantime, I've bought another Dion CD, Return of the Wanderer/Fire in the Night (a 2LP-on-1CD-reissue). He covers Spanish Harlem Incident on Return of the Wanderer, and a great version it is, too. Yours Chris

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