King Of The New York Streets
In July 1989 Dion DiMucci was on tour in the UK and recorded an interview and session with Roger Scott for BBC Radio One. It was broadcast in his 'Saturday Sequence' programme on 30th September, barely a month before Roger died of cancer. Dion clearly knew his host was dying, which makes some of the exchanges between them especially poignant.
Dion was then in his (by my reckoning) 7th incarnation as a musician.
Having been a teen hero with The Belmonts (A Teenager In Love, I Wonder Why), he next went solo and had hits with Runaround Sue, Drip Drop and The Wanderer (among others).
Next he signed to CBS and cut a couple of ahead-of-their-time white blues/soul albums.
Then he turned into a semi-folkie singer/songwriter balladeer and during the late 60s and early 70s he produced a series of great acoustic-based albums.
Then he went kinda AOR, making an album with Phil Spector and a couple of others - one of which (Return Of The Wanderer) is absolutely excellent.
Next Dion found serious religion and dropped out of view for a while, recording a bunch of Gospel albums that I'm afraid I haven't heard and can't comment on.
In the mid-1980s he was brought over to the UK by Dave Edmunds to make his 'comeback' album 'Yo Dion' and for a while he was fairly high profile again, but since then he's been quietly making excellent albums. In fact, with the exception of the Gospel albums (which, as I say, I haven't heard), I don't think there's a duff album in his whole recorded output. Start anywhere - but if you start with the Spector album I would advise skipping the first track. It's slightly overindulgent.
DION DIMUCCI - Live for BBC Radio One, Autumn 1989.
01 - Intro
02 - Written On The Subway Wall
03 - I've Got To Get To You
04 - Chat 1
05 - The Wanderer
06 - End of pt 1
07 - Intro to pt 2
08 - King Of The New York Streets
09 - Chat 2
10 - Drip Drop
11 - Chat 3
12 - I Wonder Why
13 - End of pt 2
14 - Intro to pt 3
15 - And The Night Stood Stiill
16 - Ruby Baby
17 - Runaround Sue
18 - Outro