Abraham, Martin and John 45 by Dion

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Dion DiMucci, with and without the Belmonts, placed 28 songs on the American top 100 pop charts between 1958 and 1964. Such hits as “A Teenager In Love,” “Where Or When,” “The Wanderer,” “Lovers Who Wander,” “Ruby Baby,” “Donna The Prima Donna,” and the number one “Runaround Sue” were all catchy, memorable and helped to make him one of the stars of pre-Beatles rock ‘n’ roll era.

1968 found Dion reinventing himself as a quasi folk/pop singer. His quiet version of “Abraham, Martin and John” was a huge top five hit. It was a tribute song to Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, John Kennedy, plus Robert Kennedy and resonated with the Vietnam protest generation. It would be the last major hit of his career.

Dion was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and remains active today both as a Christian artist and a pop singer. As the fifties generation ages “Abraham, Martin, and John” has emerged as one of his most memorable performances.

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