Writer: Ernie Maresca
Producer: Gene Schwartz
Released: 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,'â€‰" 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)