In 1957, three Roosevelt High School friends in the Bronx, Angelo D’Aleo, Fred Milano and Carlo Mastrangelo, formed a group they called The Belmonts after the street where Freddy Milano lived. They recorded for the Mohawk label that year, making their debut with the song, “Teenage Clementine.” Dion DiMucci, who lived in the neighborhood, joined the group for the recording, “We Went Away.” Moving to newly founded Laurie Records, their label debut, “I Wonder Why” went to the top of the charts. Several chart toppers followed, when “A Teenager in Love” and “When You Wish Upon a Star” elevated The Belmonts with Dion to a major worldwide act. The group became known as Dion and the Belmonts. They toured nationwide and were on the bill at the Surf Ball Room in Clearlake, Iowa, the night on which Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper lost their lives in a plane crash.
In 1960, Dion and The Belmonts split up and the group cut one more single with Laurie Records: “We Belong Together.” Forming their own label, they had a 1961 hit the recording of “Tell Me Why,” which was followed up by “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and “I Need Someone.”
Ernie Maresca, of “Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out)” fame, wrote The Belmonts’ next hit record “Come On Little Angel.”
Throughout the remainder of the 60s and 70s, the Belmonts experienced several line-up changes and reunited with Dion in 1972 at Madison Square Garden which was recorded in the album entitled Dion and The Belmonts Reunion Live at Madison Square Garden released on Warner Bros. Records.
In 1981, the Belmonts teamed up with Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon for a 1981 hit “Let’s Put the Fun Back in Rock N Roll” and were featured on an episode of “Solid Gold.”
The Belmonts current line-up is original member Angelo D’Aleo with Warren Gradus and Dan Elliott. Now you can put the fun back in rock ‘n roll when you book the Belmonts.