Dion – Suite For Late Summer (1972)


Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, 1939), better known mononymously as Dion, is an American singer-songwriter whose work has incorporated elements of doo-wop, rock and R&B styles—and, most recently, straight blues. He was one of the most popular American rock and roll performers of the pre-British Invasion era. He had more than a dozen Top 40 hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He is best remembered for the 1961 singles “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer“, written with Ernie Maresca.
Dion’s popularity waned in the mid-1960s, perhaps due to the public’s changing taste in pop music, and perhaps in part due to personal difficulties he had during this period. But toward the end of the decade, he shifted his style and produced songs with a more mature, contemplative feeling, such as “Abraham, Martin and John“. He became popular again in the late 1960s and into the mid-1970s, and he has continued making music ever since. Critics who had dismissed his early work, pegging him as merely a teen idol, praised his later work, and noted the influence he has had on other musicians
Dion had settled into being a pretty average-’70s singer/songwriter by 1972 when Suite for Late Summer appeared, albeit a singer/songwriter with a very above-average voice. The songs (mostly original) were average, though, and Russ Titelman‘s production was on the lush side. There’s a sluggish introspection to most of the tracks, and the occasional injection of melodic melancholy — as on “Soft Parade of Years,” or the classical string arrangement embroidering on “It All Fits Together” — does it quite a bit of good. “Jennifer Knew,” though, has to count as one of the highlights of his post-’60s work, with strings that just about manage to enhance the drama, rather than deaden it, and memorably haunting passages.


1.  Soft Parade Of Years (3:00)  Backing Vocals – Teri Bagby
2.  Running Close Behind You (3:06)   Harmony Vocals – Gene Parsons
3.  Traveller In The Rain (3:33)   Guitar [Tenor] – Gene Parsons
4.  Tennessee Madonna  (3:36)
5.  Sea Gull  (4:08)
6.  Wedding Song  (3:12)
7.  Jennifer Knew  (3:51)
8.  Didn’t You Change  (4:32)
9.  It All Fits Together  (3:07)
10.  To Dream Tomorrow  (2:35)



Release Date: 1972
Recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami, Sunset Sound Studios and Warner Bros. Studios, Los Angeles
Genre:  Pop/Rock
Duration: 35:20

Label – Warner Bros. Records

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