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Dion Dimucci Runaround Sue & More
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dion dimucci runaround sue

If you're a classic rock and roll fan, you've probably heard of Dion DiMucci Runaround Sue and some of his other timeless hits. This iconic song has been a staple of the genre since its release in 1961, and Dion's unique voice and style have made him a legend in the music industry.

On this site, we'll explore several of Dion DiMucci songs and his enduring influence on rock and roll history. So come along and join us on a journey through the life and career of the man behind this unforgettable song and others.

Below you can view my demos and download the free .pdf chord sheets.

I've included Dion album covers so you know where each song originated. If you need or want to purchase the full lesson, it's available for a few bucks or less with a bulk purchase.


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Dion Dimucci Runaround Sue & More
Lyrics, Chords, Demos & Tutorials

1. In The Still Of The Night

in the still of the night dion

In The Still Of The Night was released as a single by Dion And The Belmonts back in 1960 and reached #38 in the US. This is a remake of an old Cole Porter song originally released in 1937. There is another song with the same name but a totally different song.

This version features Dion's distinctive vocals and the group's signature harmonies, and it has become a classic example of doo-wop music. The song's nostalgic lyrics and slow tempo are perfectly suited to the group's style, and their recording remains a beloved example of the doo-wop genre.

The song can be found on the album "Wish Upon A Star with Dion And The Belmonts. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, Em, A7, Dm/Cb, Dmaj7, Bm, G, Gbm, Gbm/F, Gbm/E, Dmaj7/D+, Gb, C, B7
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2. Ruby Baby

ruby baby dion song

Ruby Baby is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by The Drifters in 1956. However, it was Dion who had a major hit with the song in 1963 when he recorded his own version, titled "Ruby Baby". Dion's recording of the song features a more uptempo arrangement than the original, with a driving beat and energetic horns.

"Ruby Baby" became a top 5 hit for Dion, reaching #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and helped solidify his status as one of the top artists of the early 1960s. The song's catchy melody and Dion's passionate vocals have made it a perennial favorite, and it has been covered by numerous artists over the years.

In addition to its commercial success, "Ruby Baby" is also notable for its role in the evolution of rock and roll, as it helped bridge the gap between the doo-wop and R&B styles of the 1950s and the more guitar-driven sound that would dominate the 1960s. Del Shannon, Bobby Darin and The Beach Boys are just a few artists who have covered this one.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up and repeat with some walkin bass
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: A, G, D
Chords & Lyrics

 

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3. Runaround Sue

runaround sue dion song

Runaround Sue is one of Dion DiMucci's most famous and lasting hits. It was released in 1961 and became a #1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as a top 20 hit in several other countries. Dion co-wrote this one and was a hit after he went solo from The Belmonts.

The song's catchy melody and upbeat tempo, coupled with Dion's distinctive voice and style, made it an instant classic. The lyrics tell the story of a woman named Sue who is known for being unfaithful and playing with men's hearts, earning her the nickname "runaround Sue".

The song can be found on the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes a few riffs
  • Chords: C, Am, F, G
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4. The Wanderer

the wanderer dion song

The Wanderer was also a song released from the "Runaround Sue" album and written by long time friend Ernie Maresca. Dion used the same backup singers known as the Del-Satins for this track as he did with Runaround Sue. 

"The Wanderer" is another classic hit by Dion DiMucci. It was released in 1961 and became a top 5 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as a hit in several other countries.

"The Wanderer" has been covered by numerous artists over the years and has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, cementing its place in pop culture history. The song's combination of catchy melody, energetic rhythm, and vivid storytelling make it a timeless classic of the rock and roll genre.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, A, G, A7, E7
Chords & Lyrics

 

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Thank you stopping by to visit my Dion Dimucci Runaround Sue page! I hope you found the information and resources here helpful in your guitar-playing journey.

Dion DiMucci and his classic hit "Runaround Sue" have left an indelible mark on the world of rock and roll. From his early beginnings with The Belmonts to his later solo career, Dion's music continues to inspire and captivate fans all over the world.


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