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Dion and the Belmonts Where or When

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.

Here are the lyrics to “Where or When” by Dion and the Belmonts:

“It seems we stood and talked like this before
We looked at each other in the same way then
But I can’t remember where or when

The clothes you’re wearing are the clothes you wore
The smile you are smiling you were smiling then
But I can’t remember where or when

Some things that happen for the first time
Seem to be happening again
And so it seems that we have met before
And laughed before and loved before
But who knows where or when”

For more songs by Dion and the Belmonts: “I Wonder Why” and “A Teenager in Love.”

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5 Comments

  1. […] If you are interested in reading about and listening to other songs by Dion and The Belmonts, please click here for “I Wonder Why” and “Where or When.” […]

  2. […] If you are interested in reading about and listening to other songs by Dion and The Belmonts, please click here for “I Wonder Why” and “Where or When.” […]

  3. […] and The Belmonts went on to have big hits with “A Teenager in Love” and “Where or When.” In 1960,though, they went their separate ways. Dion went to a hospital to deal with his […]

  4. bob says:

    Love the song. Thanks for the history. I always thought it was a WWII song but it was a few years earlier as I just learned here. Maybe I was confusing it somehow with ‘Til Then by the Classics.

  5. Bob Phillips says:

    Just awesome stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great dancing music!!

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