Ruby Baby 45 by Dion

Dion is best remembered for his series of hit songs for the Lauire label, 1958-1962. “The Wanderer,” “A Teenager In Love,” “Lovers Who Wander,” and the number one “Runaround Sue” were some of the catchiest and biggest hits of the early 1960s. He he returned to the label several years later and had a far different sound. He had another hit with the folk type song, “Abraham, Martin, And John.”

Right in the middle of these two periods of his career, he was signed to the Columbia label. His material for the label moved away from this early doo-wop sound and toward a rocp/rock style.

His material during this period of his career is often over looked but late in 1962 he released a cover of a 1956 rhythm & blues hit for The Drifters, “Ruby Baby.” It was a smooth pop rendition and peaked at number two on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. His material for the Columbia label may not be as well known but it is well-worth seeking out.

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