Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965) After leaving his singing homeboys back on Belmont Avenue in the Bronx, Dion DiMucci embarked on an ambitious solo career that set his yearning voice… Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965) After leaving his singing homeboys back on Belmont Avenue in the Bronx, Dion DiMucci embarked on an ambitious solo career that set his yearning voice… Dion Folk Reissues Rock
Music Review

Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965) (1991)

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Details Lead Performance: Dion; Genres: Folk, Reissues, Rock

After leaving his singing homeboys back on Belmont Avenue in the Bronx, Dion DiMucci embarked on an ambitious solo career that set his yearning voice in a stylistic panorama wider than just doo-wop. While hits like ''Ruby Baby'' and ''Donna the Prima Donna'' are clearly echoes of his earlier work, this fascinating 20-track compilation also reveals a rewarding interest in blues, ballads, Presleyesque gospel-country, and Bob Dylan. If the idea of a pretty- boy teen idol giving Chicago blues great Willie Dixon's ''Spoonful'' a convincing performance seems bizarre, rest assured that Dion makes it work. Bronx Blues — which has excellent liner notes, amazing sound, five previously unreleased recordings, and not a bad performance in the bunch — shows just how restless ''the Wanderer'' really was. A

Originally posted Apr 12, 1991 Published in issue #61 Apr 12, 1991 Order article reprints