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Dion (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1 August 1989

New York great Dion DiMucci talks about the golden years, the sound of NYC, and addiction and recovery.

File format: mp3; file size: 33.8mb, interview length: 36' 57" sound quality: ***

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Dion: Today I Think I Got A Chance

Interview by Ritchie Yorke, Rolling Stone, 21 December 1968

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Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 26 April 1969

Both sides of the great Elvis Presley, orchestral pop from the Brothers Ryan ...

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Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, 29 March 1973

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Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, June 1973

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Report and Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 20 March 1976

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Interview by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, August 1976

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Dion: Born To Be With You, Greatest Hits and Streetheart

Review by John Tobler, ZigZag, September 1976

THE THREE most recent albums to come on to the British market, and as a measure of my own commitment to the artist, the 16th, ...

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Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Sunday Correspondent, September 1989

WHEN DION DiMucci made his major comeback at New York's Radio City Music Hall two years ago, he was joined onstage by an all-star quartet ...

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Sleeve notes by Gene Sculatti, Sony/Columbia Records, 1991

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Dion: Runaround Sue

Sleeve notes by Gene Sculatti, EMI/Right Stuff, 1993

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Dion: A Masterpiece? Was It?

Interview by Tom Cox, Daily Telegraph, 10 February 2001

IMAGINE IF YOU made the best record of your career, in collaboration with one of your heroes, and it was released only abroad, leaving such ...

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Retrospective by Mitchell Cohen, Music Aficionado, 2017

IF HE'D DONE nothing before or after he dropped by a Bob Dylan recording session in June 1965, sat down at the Hammond organ – ...

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Review and Interview by Wayne Robins, Copper, Summer 2020

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see also Belmonts, The


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