Doo Wop Music
Dion and the Belmonts had a top ten hit with the song “Where Or When.” It was released in 1959 and rose up to #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song comes from the 1937 Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart musical Babes In Arms, a story about a boy who puts on a show with his friends rather than go to a work farm.
The list goes on and on of those who covered this wonderful standard from the American songbook . The first performances were by Ray Heatherton and Mitzi Green, and soon recorded thereafter by Hal Kemp. The many artists with versions of the song include Julie Andrews, Ray Anthony, Count Basie, The Beach Boys, Nat “King” Cole, Judy Collins, Perry Como, Ray Conniff, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Duke Ellington, Percy Faith, Ella Fitzgerald, The Flamingos, The Four Lads, Stan Getzy, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, Al Hibbler, Lena Horne, Harry James, Etta Jones, Peggy Lee, The Lettermen, Dean Martin, Patti Page, Kenny Rogers, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Kay Starr, The Supremes, and Andy Williams, just to mention a few (really).
Dion and The Belmonts consisted of Dion DiMucci, Carlo Mastrangelo, Fred Milano, and Angelo D’Aleo. The name Belmonts came from Belmont Avenue in the Bronx. The members had lived either on or near that street.