It seems “The Guys” are getting more active.They are rehearsing and recording and moving around Italy more. Il Volo is becoming more well known in Italy and about time, I think!! They also have just had some milestone anniversaries, more about that later!! Their North American Concert Tour starts soon, as if you all didn’t know THAT.
On May 18th Il Volo did a TV show in Catania, Sicily!
Keeping in the theme of singers of Italian heritge, how about looking at the career of Dion? I know alot of you remember him, don’t tell me (at least most of you) that you’re too young to remember! 🙂
DID YOU KNOW???
Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, 1939), better known mononymously as Dion, is an American singer-songwriter whose work has incorporated elements of doo-wop, pop oldies music, rock and R&B styles—and, most recently, straight blues. He was one of the most popular American rock and roll performers of the pre-British Invasion era. He had more than a dozen Top 40 hits in the late 1950s and early 60s. He is best remembered for the 1961 singles, “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer”, written with Ernie Maresca.
Dion’s popularity waned in the mid-1960s, perhaps due to the public’s changing taste in pop music, and perhaps in part due to personal difficulties he had during this period. But toward the end of the decade, he shifted his style and produced songs with a more mature, contemplative feeling, such as “Abraham, Martin and John”. He became popular again in the late 1960s and into the mid-1970s, and he has continued making music ever since. Critics who had dismissed his early work, pegging him as merely a teen idol, praised his later work, and noted the influence he has had on other musicians.
Dion was born to an Italian-American family in the Bronx, New York.As a child, he accompanied his father, Pasquale DiMucci, a vaudeville entertainer, on tour, and developed a love of country music – particularly the work of Hank Williams. He also developed a fondness for the blues and doo-wop musicians he heard performing in local bars and on the radio. His singing was honed on the street corners and local clubs of the Bronx, where he and other neighborhood singers created a cappella riffs.
In early 1957, he auditioned for Bob and Gene Schwartz, who had just formed Mohawk Records. They recorded Dion singing lead on a song which had been arranged by Hugo Montenegro and pre-recorded with everything but the lead vocals. The backing vocals were by a group called “The Timberlanes”, whom Dion had never met The resulting single, “The Chosen Few”, was released under the name, Dion and the Timberlanes, and became a minor regional hit. Writing about this experience later, in his autobiography, The Wanderer, Dion said that that he had never met the Timberlanes and didn’t even know who they were. “The vocal group was so white bread, I went back to my neighborhood and I recruited a bunch of guys –three guys– and we called ourselves Dion and the Belmonts.”
Bob and Gene Schwartz also signed Dion’s friends, the Belmonts, (Carlo Mastrangelo, Fred Milano, and Angelo D’Aleo), a vocal group named for nearby Belmont Avenue, and teamed them, with Dion singing lead. The new group’s breakthrough came in early 1958, when “I Wonder Why” (on their newly formed “Laurie” label) made No. 22 on the U.S. charts. Dion said of the Belmonts; “I’d give ’em sounds. I’d give ’em parts and stuff. That’s what ‘I Wonder Why’ was about. We kind of invented this percussive rhythmic sound. If you listen to that song, everybody was doing something different. There’s four guys, one guy was doing bass, I was singing lead, one guy’s going ‘ooh wah ooh’, and another guy’s doing tenor. It was totally amazing.
inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. In April 1968, Dion experienced what he identified as a powerful religious experience. After getting clean once again from heroin addiction, an experience he documented in his 1970 song “Your Own Backyard”, he approached Laurie Records for a new contract. They agreed on condition that he record the song “Abraham, Martin & John”, written by Dick Holler (also the writer of the Royal Guardsmen’s “Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron”) in response to the assassination of John F. Kennedy and those of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy during the summer of 1968. The success of this song – later recorded by many others including Marvin Gaye – which reached No. 4 in the US charts and No. 1 in Canada, resuscitated Dion’s career. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
Dion was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
Now a practicing Roman Catholic, Dion pursues prison ministry and reaches out to men going through addiction recovery. He is also a member of the American Board of Directors of Renewal Ministries. He currently lives in Boca Raton, Florida, and New York City.
DID YOU KNOW:
Piero enjoys spending time with his sister, Mariagrazia?
Gianluca tweeted that he was on his way to Sicily?
Ignazio took some time to have fun with his friends?
That this week is the third anniversary of Il volo’s 2nd appearance on American TV?
This is the third anniversary of Il Volo’s appearance on “American Idol”?
Lots of anniversaries and there will be many more in the years to come!!
DID YOU KNOW, A second concert at Taormina has been added on July 21st?
Here is a picture of a press conference in Taormina this morning.
On a sad note, popular crooner of the 50’s and 60’s and beyond, Jerry Vale, passed away on May 18th. He was a great favorite of mine.
Love and Luck Il Volo,we are anxiously waiting your return!