Monday, October 17, 2011

Billboard 1960 reports Dion & The Belmonts are splitting

Billboard's report from this day in 1960 states that Dion & The Belmonts were splitting.  The group had enjoyed such hits as "I Wonder Why", "Where Or When", "Teenager In Love", "No One Knows" and many others.  They were part of the Winter Dance Party in 1959 when a plane crash tragically took the lives of fellow headliners Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson).  You can see them on stage on a date from that tour with a young Waylon Jennings playing bass (far left):
After the split, Dion went on to such solo hits as "The Wanderer", "Runaround Sue", "Ruby Baby" and more.  The group did reunite for the 1966 album Together Again as well as the 1972 Live From Madison Square Garden album.  Enjoy some great footage of their hits below:

"I Wonder Why"

"A Teenager In Love"