Growing up in the Bronx, Dion Dimucci earned respect in his neighborhood singing on the local street corners and porch stoops. He and some other musician friends would later get together, practice on the subway and, as Dion and the Belmonts, would become rock music pioneers. Among the band’s many hits were the iconic “Runaround Sue,” “The Wanderer” and “Teenager in Love.”
After the British Invasion, however, Dimucci fell into severe drug and alcohol addictions as his stardom began to fade. At the point where he thought about taking his own life, he realized God had better plans for his life. Soon, Dion would rehabilitate and get sober.
His musical career took a major turn forward: he would record music more reflective of his talents to critical acclaim. He would also release several religious-inspired albums to celebrate his putting his life back in God’s hands.
Dion’s latest album, “New York Is My Home,” was released in 2016; the title track is a duet with fellow folk-rocker Paul Simon. The longtime singer will perform at the Legatus Summit commemorating the organization’s 30th Anniversary in Naples, Florida on the weekend of January 26-28.
Dion Dimucci tells his story to Mike Connors as his guest this weekend on Ask the Lawyer.
Also, Father John Sheehan will join Mike to talk about his time with Xavier Society for the Blind and where he is going next.(Photo of Fr. Sheehan with Mike Connors taken by Vito Catalano at a special 2015 event featuring Rudy Ruettiger in NYC)