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Dion, 'The Wanderer'

243. Dion, 'The Wanderer'

Writer: Ernie Maresca
Gene Schwartz
Dec. '61, Laurie
18 weeks; No. 2

Dion DiMucci's trademark hit - originally the B side to a single called "The Majestic," until DJs began flipping the record over - was a swaggering shuffle about a real-life hard-ass who wore tattoos of his girlfriends' names on his arms. "You say to a chick, 'Stay away from that guy,' " Dion said in 1976, when "The Wanderer" was a Top 20 hit again in the U.K. "And she would say, 'What guy?' Chicks loved a rebel."

Appears on: Runaround Sue (Capitol)


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