Dion Rediscovers the Blues on 'Bronx'


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Songs from 'Bronx in Blue'

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Songs Dion performs for 'World Cafe':

"Statesboro Blues"

"I Let My Baby Do That"

"Built for Comfort"


"The Wanderer"

As a teen idol, Dion rose to fame in the late 1950s and early '60s, first with the Belmonts and then as a solo artist. But the voice behind such classic oldies as "The Wanderer" and "Runaround Sue" is now crooning the blues.


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With the release of Bronx in Blue, Dion revisits his roots — and the songs that influenced his own career as a young singer in New Yorks' Bronx borough.

On the CD, Dion covers the songs of blues giants Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf and Jimmy Reed, to name a few.

The uncomplicated approach to the music has won acclaim from fans and critics, who have hailed the man considered to be a pioneer of doo-wop for his astute guitar playing and unvarnished style.

This interview originally aired on January 31, 2006.

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