Dion refused a ride on the plane that killed Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. The reason was the cost was equal to what his parents were paying for a month’s rent.
He would go on to be one of the most successful singers, solo and with The Belmonts, of the pre-British Invasion era.
Ernie Maresca wrote “The Wanderer” for another group, who promptly turned it down. It would become a big hit for Dion during 1961 as it would reach number 2 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
It remains of the the songs that defined the era and ROLLING sTONE MAGAZINE placed it at number 239 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.