Dion, with the Belmonts and solo, placed 33 singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. His career almost ended during 1959. He was touring with Buddy Holly and turned down a seat on the plane ride that took the life of Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens.
The biggest hit of his career, and his only single to reach number one, was “Runaround Sue.” Released September 25, 1961, it spent three weeks on top of the American music world.
It was an infectious upbeat song that was a cross between doo-wop and polished pop. It remains one of the definitive songs of the early 1960s, pre-Beatles era.