Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1989

Inducted by: Lou Reed

Nominated in: 1987   1988   1989

First Eligible: 1986 Ceremony

Snubbed Members: Angel D'Aleo, Carlo Mastrangelo, Fred Milano

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1989 (ranked #181) .

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I Wonder Why (1958)
A Teenager in Love (1959)
Runaround Sue (1961)
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I only know one person who likes Dion and thats my friend Steven's dad. Other then that I never heard of him.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 17:05pm


Dion and or Dion and the Belmonts were pretty damn big in the day. And in my neighborhood, the Belmont Section of the Bronx, they were bigger than Sinatra. And the Belmont section of the Bronx was also known as Little Italy.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 17:13pm

he good but he old.

Posted by billy on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 14:15pm

Billy you have bad grammer!

Posted by Ozzy on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 14:16pm

I'm in my senior year right now so I don't give a ---- about Dion.

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 11.11.08 @ 09:53am

Mike, why would you not give a damn about Dion if you're in your senior year? Show the guy some respect! Don't get me wrong, I'm not much of a Dion fan, but he did have some good stuff.

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 11.11.08 @ 10:48am

Agree with Keebord here. If Mike's in his senior year, that means he was born in 1991, 2 years after Dion was inducted. Show your elders respect Mike. If it wasn't for them you'd never get into music in the first place.

Posted by Owie on Tuesday, 11.11.08 @ 10:58am

Celine Dion is better then Dion!


Okay I got to take that back.

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 11.11.08 @ 12:39pm

Agree with Keebord here. If Mike's in his senior year, that means he was born in 1991, 2 years after Dion was inducted. Show your elders respect Mike. If it wasn't for them you'd never get into music in the first place.

Posted by Owie on Tuesday, 11.11.08 @ 10:58am
I have no real issue w/Dion & the Belmonts, but that notion of showing your elders respect in this case (musically) is ridiculous. You're talking rock & roll here. I'm sure Ed Sullivan used that same argument on Jim Morrison the night the Doors did their one and only spot on his show. There was certainly no respect from younger to older that night, and I'm sure the youth of the time remember it well.

More power to Dion... and to free speaking, young or old.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 11.11.08 @ 16:45pm

Britany Spears is older then me. So I should respect her?

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 14:12pm

he isnt that great but he rock in the 50's he was the best of all the duop stuff he is the only person in the hall of fame.

Posted by steven on Monday, 02.16.09 @ 18:47pm

how come the belmonts weren't inducted with him?

Posted by Brian on Saturday, 06.13.09 @ 19:13pm

Because his post-Belmonts career was bigger and more innovative and influential than it was with the Belmonts. Dion And The Belmonts were a very good doo-wop group, but when you really focus on JUST "Dion And The Belmonts" there's not too much there to make a really good case. Even Dion as a soloist could be debated, but it's more solid than with the Belmonts.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 06.13.09 @ 22:56pm


Posted by HsvsRsvsesv on Sunday, 03.7.10 @ 05:29am

Nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame for 2012!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 12:36pm

Mostly ridiculous comments above, showing no real understnding of or appreciation for, among other things, the roots of rock and roll, creativity, and a 50+ year career, still evolving and totally relevant today, as the nomination for a Grammy in 2007 - for blues, no less- demonstrates.
In addition, there are too many to count musicians of fame who were influenced and motivated by Dion throughout the years, including Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan.
Have any of you out there seen him perform??
Sounds like he is 30, runs rings around most guitar players: acoustic and electric, writes his own material, and tells a great story.

It would be a shame if you all did not look into this man's body of work. Including the just released and Grammyworthy
"Tank Full of Blues"

Eucate yourselves.

Posted by D. Eagle on Sunday, 01.29.12 @ 02:40am

Dion & Dion & The Belmonts are one of the greatest Rock performers ever...From his classic Doo Wop to Folk to straight ahead Rock & Blues that he's still performing and recording today, in 2012, the guy is a Rock & Roll KING and anyone who thinks otherwise is not to up on the evolution of Rock...

Posted by SgtWaggoner on Thursday, 03.8.12 @ 15:30pm

The Belmonts

01. Fred Milano
02. Angelo D'Aleo
03. Carlo Mastrangelo

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 06.3.12 @ 21:33pm

Why weren't The Belmonts included with the 2012 class?

The Blue Caps
The Comets
The Crickets
The Famous Flames
The Midnighters
The Miracles

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 19:47pm


****The BELMONTS****

"Why weren't The Belmonts included with the 2012 class?"

The Blue Caps
The Comets
The Crickets
The Famous Flames
The Midnighters
The Miracles

Posted by Roy

THE BELMONTS should have gone in with DION....even if he went in solo later.

These guys were AWESOME together...and The Belmonts made Dion's later launch to solo success possible.

They even had hits after he left.

The BELMONTS also should have gone in with the six classic groups last year.


Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 04.13.13 @ 20:33pm

Bridging the era between late 50's rock and roll and The British Invasion, Dion DiMucci, better known as Dion, epitomized the music of the Bronx. He teamed up with three neighborhood friends in 1957 to form a group that would earn a reputation as one of the best street corner singers in all of rock n' roll.

Dion & The Belmonts perfected four-part harmonies while falling under the spell of rock and roll. They combined the sounds of doo-wop with a whiff of rock and roll that incorporated singers like Bo Diddly and Jerry Lee Lewis.

While issues with drugs slowed him down in the mid-60s, he made some surprising progressions into blues rock and folk rock as the decade continued, culminating in a successful comeback by the end of the 60s, although he was unable to maintain commercial and artistic momentum for long.

Nevertheless, Dion's street corner charm and voice influenced such singers as Billy Joel and Neil Diamond.

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, 05.8.13 @ 13:00pm



The Belmonts * Stone Poneys * Tavares * The Del Satins * The Persuaders * Shep & The Limelights * James & Bobby Purify * The Velvelettes * The Mindbenders * The Idle Race * The S.O.S. Band * Billy Vera and the Beaters * Cheech and Chong * Steam * Orion The Hunter * Opus * Trio * Boys Don't Cry * The Blow Monkeys * Lady Pank * Dog's Eye View * Deep Blue Something * Sister Hazel * Wet Wet Wet * Swing Out Sister * Technotronic * Autograph * The Vapors * J.J. Fad * Kris Kross * Uncle Kracker * Inner Circle * Dru Hill * Xscape * XYZ * Zhane

Roy: I've been trying to get a page on The Belmonts on FRL for a while. I feel kinda bad, because, had I done it earlier, they might have gotten in with the 6 other classic groups last year . I think that the H of F could've just as easily have made it 7...and let The Belmonts in.

There are those here who've said that Dion's solo career merited individual induction...but that, to me , isn't the point. The ever- decreasing- frequency at which deserving 50's acts are getting in these days means that sometimes, the ship only sails ONCE...and maybe never again. The Belmonts should have gone in with Dion. If they wanted to honor him again solo later, all well and good. But ,at LEAST the ENTIRE GROUP would have gotten in .

At the time of original Belmonts member Fred Milano's death,The above article appeared in The Miami Herald.

"There was strife between DiMucci and Belmonts members, who were not pleased when DiMucci was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without them in 1989."

WHY didn't the Hall of Fame correct this ??

Posted by Bill G on Tuesday, 09.3.13 @ 09:20am


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts six backup groups, like the Crickets, Famous Flames, Comets and Blue Caps

n a quiet move that will draw some applause and likely raise a few further questions, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Thursday it will induct the backup groups for six previous solo inductees.
The six groups include the Famous Flames, who backed 1986 inductee James Brown; the Crickets, who backed 1986 inductee Buddy Holly; the Comets, who backed 1987 inductee Bill Haley; the Miracles, who backed 1987 inductee Smokey Robinson; the Midnighters, who backed 1990 inductee Hank Ballard; and the Blue Caps, who backed 1998 inductee Gene Vincent.
They will be inducted at the Hall's annual dinner, which this year is April 14 in Cleveland.
Fans of those artists have long wondered why the Midnighters, Comets and Miracles, in particular, were passed over the first time around.
This makeup move is likely to trigger conversation about several other artists whose fans regard their backup groups as an integral part of their sound.
New Yorkers are likely to wonder why the Hall didn't take this opportunity to have the Belmonts join Dion, who was inducted solo in 1989.
Bruce Springsteen fans may continue to wonder why the E Street Band remains excluded. Bruce was inducted solo in 1999.
Other inductees whose backing groups were not part of their induction include Hank Williams, who played almost all his career with the Drifting Cowboys; Bob Marley, who did much of his most memorable work with the Wailers; and Frank Zappa, who came to prominence with the Mothers of Invention.

Posted by Bill G on Tuesday, 09.3.13 @ 09:28am

Dion DiMucci is a close friend of Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt and the rest of the E Street Band. Do you think they are up to something? The Belmonts and the E Street Band being inducted in the same year and performing together?

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.3.13 @ 09:37am

The Belmonts should be inducted no question about it .Dion should induct them RocknDoo Wop Legends

Posted by Charles on Tuesday, 02.2.16 @ 03:37am

Just watched a short documentary piece on Dion telling his side of the story about 'the day the music died'. For those that don't know, he nearly rode the plane that took Buddy Holly and J.P. Richardson's life but gave it to Ritchie Valens. Very interesting stuff as well as a lot of tidbits I didn't know about!

I agree that the Belmonts should definitely be in. Maybe when (or if) the Rock Hall decides to put another wave of backing groups in the HOF, the Belmonts will get in. At least I hope

Posted by Jason Voigt on Wednesday, 02.3.16 @ 22:19pm

Yeah, Jason, I did a report on Dion in my junior year of high school, and read a lot of that stuff too. Amazing stuff.

I want the Belmonts too, but I want it to be a second induction for Dion as Dion And The Belmonts. A special committee induction like they did for the Comets, Crickets, Midnighters, etc. would imply that Dion as a soloist was not deserving of induction, and that'd be wrong. Dion's solo career was amazing. And to give them an AME induction would cheapen their role as the main group when they were Dion And The Belmonts. IMO, the only right way to do it, is to nominate and induct "Dion And The Belmonts."

Posted by Philip. on Wednesday, 02.3.16 @ 23:14pm

Why Dion and The Belmonts belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by E.N.J. Carter on Sunday, 03.6.16 @ 09:58am

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