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The Belmonts are an American doo-wop group from the BronxNew Yorkthat originated in the mids. They took their name from Belmontthe Bronx neighborhood in which they lived, known as the Começar De Novo - Simone - 14 Grandes Sucessos Italy of the Bronx.
There were several stages in their history, including the —60 period with Dion DiMucciwhen the group was named Dion and the Belmonts. At this time Mastrangelo sang the I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belmonts - CD Single Classic parts, Milano the second tenor, D'Aleo the falsetto first tenorand DiMucci did lead vocals. Also recording on the label was Dion DiMucciwhose first release was backed by a group he never met, the Timberlanes.
After receiving some airplay on the East Coast, the single was later leased to the larger Jubilee Records label for better distribution, although it failed to chart nationally. Released the first week of Mayit appeared on the national charts two weeks later, rising to number 22 on the Billboard Hot It led to their first appearance on the nationally televised American Bandstand show, hosted by Dick Clark.
Being a skilled drummer already, Carlo Mastrangelo filled in on drums for several of the other acts, evidenced by photographs also. After the plane crash Bobby Veethen an unknown, was asked to perform in Holly's place. Later Frankie AvalonFabian and Jimmy Clanton were hired to finish the tour in place of the three deceased headliners.
Shortly after the tragedy, the quartet hit again with "A Teenager in Love" Laurie It became their first release to break the Top Ten, reaching number 5 on the Billboard Hot D'Aleo went to great efforts to contribute his famous falsetto to the song. You've gotta get over here'.
So I got a flight and went in. One of the last songs we did was "A Teenager in Love". I listened and said, 'What? I hope this song doesn't go out as a single. It's a terrible song'. I hated the song. Later on, I'm heading to South America with the fleet and my friend in the radio shack said, 'Hey, get down here and listen to this! In seven days, it became a hit!
At various times the group performed without him. During one national TV appearance on Clark's Saturday night program "Live from the little theater on 44th Street in Manhattan"he was filmed in his navy uniform, arriving just in time for the filming session. There were several picture sleeves from this era that did not picture D'Aleo, although he performed on all recordings.
After their top-ten success with "A Teenager in Love", Dion and the Belmonts recorded four more singles. By the time of their breakup, all eight Laurie releases charted Billboard. Their biggest hit and largest-selling record, " Where or When Laurie ," climbed to number 3 on the Billboard charts in early It also received considerable airplay, especially in the New York City A Real Ladys Man - Vince Gill - When Love Finds You. This time their appearance on American Bandstand once again featured all four members.
Due to musical differences between DiMucci and the Belmonts, Dion decided to leave the group. I got bored with it quickly. I said, 'I can't do this. I gotta play my guitar'. I loved that guy. But there was a reason why he left. Our reason was we wanted to I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belmonts - CD Single Classic to light rock 'n' roll and standards, and he wanted to get into the blues.
He said, 'I want to do blues and country. I think it's time to go our separate ways'. We agreed. There was no shouting or anything like that.
We had 'Tell Me Why'. Dion had 'Runaround Sue' and 'The Wanderer'. He took off. Not the route he wanted, though. He loved the blues. But when you put out a single and people buy it, they're telling you what they want you to sing.
When "Where Big Bamboo - Various - Trojan Carnival Box Set When" peaked, he was in a hospital detoxifying.
In Januarybefore leaving the Laurie label, they released their own Cuban - Sebadoh - The Sebadoh of " We Belong Together " Laurie covering the Robert and Johnny classic.
The song bubbled under the Billboard Hotcharting at number Although not a hit, it is still valued today by record collectors. The trio had six songs on the US Top between Overall, including Billboard Hot singles, The Belmonts charted radio station surveys across the US during the s. These songs have often been reissued in combination with other "Dion and the Belmonts" recordings through the years. After the hit "Come On Little Angel," a split developed within the group concerning the finances of their I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belmonts - CD Single Classic owned label, Sabina Records.
Mastrangelo said, "That was the worst move we ever made. If we didn't do that, we would have been together all these years. It was very sad, like leaving my two brothers. Mastrangelo attempted a solo career on Laurie Records, releasing four singles under the name "Carlo". He was backed vocally by the uncredited Tremonts aka The Demilles. His first single, "Baby Doll", received considerable airplay in Florida, Pennsylvania and Connecticut,  but didn't make the national charts. It was followed by an up-tempo rock 'n' roll version of the classic "Mairzy Doats", which was very different from the original.
He featured it on his weekly "Record Review Board Contest" and it clearly won as the best new release. After leaving Laurie Records Mastrangelo became DiMucci's occasional songwriting partner, backup vocalist and drummer in the group "Dion and the Wanderers", which also featured John Falbo on guitar and Pete Baron on bass.
Produced by "DiMont Music", Mastrangelo played drums and DiMucci contributed guitar to reduce the need for additional session musicians. Neither charted in the US but fared better in England. One reviewer stated, "Some British radio DJ's gave it a lot of airplay at the time. Lyndon continued as lead singer for the next five years, being replaced by Warren Gradus in the early s.
Singer Billy Vera recalled the moment: Old Bones - Dan Melchior - Born Under A Grey Sign was like an earthquake; you could literally feel the stage shake.
The following year all four original members reunited once again, doing a sold-out concert at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York. No recording of the reunion was ever produced, nor were there any studio recordings made with the Belmonts and Dion, as DiMucci was still contracted to Warner as a solo artist.
It was distinguished for its medley of 13 doo-wop tracks called "Street Corner Symphony. Concurrently, Mastrangelo released a progressive jazz-rock album on Thimble Records titled Pulse I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belmonts - CD Single Classic and Elliott also moonlighted on Laurie Records in the late s under the alias Foreign Intriguereleasing three singles.
The song charted for four weeks, peaking at number 81 on Billboard. They also had a musical role in H. Halicki 's movie The Junkman. D'Aleo said, "There was a time when I got mentally fatigued and tired.
I actually left the group for four years. Maybe you want to call it 'burnt out. Come on. Loria, Milano and Gradus were involved in projects and recordings such as performing under the moniker "Happy Daze" in the s and s.
In MayMilano and DiMucci entered into an agreement in which DiMucci agreed to appear with Milano and others, performing concerts under the name Dion and the Belmontsbut only if certain conditions were met.
Milano claimed he negotiated arrangements I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belmonts - CD Single Classic as many as five concerts, but DiMucci refused to honor the agreement. The suit alleged that while DiMucci had agreed to reunite with Milano, he had also simultaneously agreed to take part in a reunion with Mastrangelo and D'Aleo.
Milano and Gradus won the lawsuit. Milano, who had participated in every one of the Belmonts' recording sessions dating back 54 years, died on January 1,at the age of He and the Belmonts—they were the very best. Freddie was almost like a genius with vocal harmony.
I was humbled to sing with Freddie, Carlo and Angelo. Former member Art Loria, who handled lead singing chores for the group in the s through to the s, died from an accident at his home in Naples, Floridain Dan Elliott died on June 23, Warren Gradus is continuing to perform as the Belmonts with other individuals. Considered one of the most successful white doo-wop groups, The Belmonts n. Their music can still be heard on many motion picture soundtracks and television series often in conjunction with setting up a s—s era feeling.
A more recent example of using a song to set the time frame of for a movie is using "I Wonder Why" for the opening in the major motion picture "A Bronx Tale". The song once heard is linked along with on screen visual that sets a direct correlation to Ce Lundi-Là - Delpech* - Tout Delpech À LOlympia Americana.
In The Belmonts released a recording entitled "Welcome Me Back Home" that has become a standard among the s and s crowd garnering hundreds of thousands streams.
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