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1989 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Dion Onstage at the Induction Ceremony

Dion

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  • Year:
    1989
  • Inducted by:
    Lou Reed (The Velvet Underground)
  • Category:
    Performers
Dion

Hall of Fame Essay

1989

Michael Hill

Dion MucciI was born in the Bronx in 1939 and was raised there in the borough’s own Little Italy. He showed a gift for singing at an early age, much to the delight of his parents, who encouraged him to perform. 

His first love was Hank Williams, the artist who lured him into a Fordham Road record store, where he discovered more than just country western. As he recalls in The Wanderer, which he published last year, “I was picking up  influences from all over the place, mixing in early R&B with doo-wop. Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley  and, of course, Elvis.

In other words, like every other teenager in America, I was discovering rock ’n’ roll.”

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unmistakably from New York, Bronx soul.

Lou Reed

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