updated Aug 2001 after the completion of the Ace Warner Bros. re-releases.
By Stephen Islip
Over the years a number of Dion tracks have appeared on singles or various artist compilations which have never been released on official Dion albums. The Belmonts now have such tracks picked up on 'The Lost Treasures of The Belmonts' - it's about time record companies did the same with Dion.
The Laurie period is skipped because it is well documented by the Ace and Collectors Choice Labels.
Sony the owner of the Columbia, have now released 4 Compilations have made amends for largely ignoring this important back catalogue.
There are however at least 3 single tracks only available in their original format.
In 1963 an Italian version of "He'll only Hurt you" was released exclusively in Italy - Perche T'Amo with a B side of Unloved Unwanted Me.
Also recorded about 1963 was the Track Swinging Street only available of the Sounds of Brooklyn (S.O.B) Vol. 2 but also briefly in Europe on the CD Can you sing like Dion? which other than that one Dion song just feature Dion clones.
Dream Lover - No not the same version as the Run-around Sue album but a re-recording of the Bobby Darin number used in The Hotshots Soundtrack . Were these and perhaps others recorded for use by the media?
King of the New York Streets - A live version of the Yo Frankie classic can be found on the Bottom Line sampler .
Heartland theme - TV Program of the Same name
Lennys theme from CBS-TV sitcom
Kotter rejected theme tune for the tv series "Welcome Back Kotter" recently given a public airing at the end of a documentary about the series.
Dance with me The mainly ignored film 1996 film "Let It Be Me" Staring Jennifer Beals and Yancey Butler-in the middle Dion sings a snip of the old Drifters song.