Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former member of the Belmonts, Dion, will visit the F.M. Kirby Center on Friday, July 27.
A street poet and singer of extraordinary versatility, range, and resonance, Dion defined rock 'n' roll for a generation. In 1957 he brought the best of the neighborhood street singers together to form his group, Dion and the Belmonts, named after Belmont Avenue in the heart of the Bronx. "I Wonder Why" was their first hit, and over the next two years the group earned a reputation not only for topping the charts but for creating some of the most vital and exciting doo-wop music on the American scene.
Going solo in 1960, Dion racked up a string of number-one hits that many still consider to be the best of the entire rock and roll era, from the rocker "Runaround Sue" to the driving "Lovers Who Wander" to the anthemic "The Wanderer." As the first rock and roll artist ever signed to Columbia Records, he continued his streak with such smashes as "Ruby Baby," "Donna the Prima Donna" and "Drip Drop." In 1989 Dion was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He has never stopped recording, writing or performing. He has shared the stage with such longtime Dion fans as Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, and Lou Reed, all of whom cited the originator of the “Bronx Blues” as one of their prime influences. And now, you can see him for yourself at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts!
At B' nai B' rith Apartments in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, we pride ourselves on informing our residents about all the upcoming events our beautiful community has to offer. Don’t hesitate to join this event on Friday!
Friday, July 27, 2018— 7:30 PM
Event Venue Location:
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
71 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18701