Dion. He was so hip that, even in 1959, he only needed one name. He paved the way for many other great one-namers who followed – like Sting, Prince, Beyonce, and Yanni. I’m not forgetting the Belmonts, but Dion was the guy. The lead, the voice, the attitude, the star. He was from the neighborhood, grew up singing on the corner, and loved doo-wop, Hank Williams, and the blues.
He was a Teenager in Love. Donna, that little prima donna, lived next door. He knew Runaround Sue only too well. He was a Wanderer. No, The Wanderer. He was part of the gang on the Sgt. Pepper’s cover. He recorded Purple Haze in 1968. And, that was just the beginning. He did everything. Not only that, but he’s still doing it. His latest records are blues-based, soulful, and great.
He had three top forty tunes in 1958, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, made gospel albums, received a Grammy nomination in 2006, and released a new album, Tank Full of Blues, last year. This is what being a musician is all about. He never stops playing. He never stops being that guy on the corner who loves music.