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Dion Lists His 15 Favourite Doo-Wop Songs

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on December 28, 2017

in News

Dion has posted a list of his fifteen favorite Doo Wop songs on social media.

Of course, Dion was an integral part of the development of the genre during his time with the Belmonts and he wasn’t shy about putting one of their songs, “I Wonder Why”, on the list along with one of his solo songs, “Shu Bop”.

Topping Dion’s list is The Dub’s “Could This Be Magic” followed by “Maybe” by the Chantels and “In the Still of the Night” by the Five Satins but, then, he added at the end of the list “I CAN GO ON FOREVER”.

Dion DiMucci got his first break after auditioning for the owners of Mohawk Records who put the singer’s vocal on an already recorded background track, releasing it as “The Chosen Few” by Dion & the Timberlanes. The label also signed Dion’s friends, the Belmonts and, in early 1958, released their recording of “I Wonder Why” which went to 22 on the charts but has gone on to become one of the classics of Doo Wop music.

The group followed with “No One Knows” (1958 / #19), “A Teenager in Love” (1959 / #5) and “Where or When” (1959 / #3) but, in October 1960, Dion decided to go solo, establishing himself as a major hitmaker with songs like “Lonely Teenager” (1960 / #12), Runaround Sue (1961 / #1), The Wanderer (1961 / #2), “Lovers Who Wander” (1962 / #3), “Ruby Baby” (1962 / #2) and “Abraham, Martin and John” (1968 / #4).

Dion’s Top 15 Doo Wop Songs:

Could This Be Magic – The Dubs
Maybe – The Chantels
In the Still of the Night – The Five Satins
There’s a Moon Out Tonight – The Capris
Be My Baby – The Ronettes
I Wonder Why – Dion & the Belmonts
Oh What a Night – The Dells
Please Say You Want Me – The Schooboys
Church Bells May Ring – The Willows
Only You – The Platters
Can’t We Be Sweethearts – The Cleftones
This Little Girl of Mine – Cleftones
Come Go With Me – Del-Vikings
Earth Angel – The Penguins
Shu Bop – Dion

A side note. Back in 2011, Dion set the record straight on the recording of “Shu Bop” which had been incorrectly attributed to Dion & the Belmonts.

I RECORDED THIS SONG WITH MY GROUP “THE DOO WOP KINGS”
*JIMMY GALLAGHER, *JOE NEARY & *LOUIS COLLETTI.
****IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN SINGING WITH THESE GUYS.

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