Obit of the Day: An Original Belmont
The Belmonts were already in existence when Dion DiMucci joined the group in 1958. With baritone Carlo Mastrangelo, 1st tenor Angelo D’Aleo, and 2nd tenor Fred Milano - who died at the age of 73 - the group added Dion as lead singer and went from just another doo wop group to rock and roll stars. The group, named after Belmont Avenue in the Bronx, had two major hits in 1959: “Teenager in Love,” which reached #5 on the Billboard charts and “Where and When,” which topped out at #3, their greatest, but less known, hit.
Random note: Dion and the Belmonts were on the infamous “Winter Dance Party” tour in 1959. Dion was offered a seat on the plane that would claim the lives of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens but he thought $36 for the ticket was too extravagant. - wikipedia.org
Unfortunately for Marino and the others, after Dion brought the group to the top he left them for a successful solo career. Although the Belmonts continued to tour, they never got over the absence of Dion and were especially bitter when he was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 - without them.
Milano, who performed with the Belmonts as recently as 2011, eventually became an administrator in the NY State Department of Correction aiding prisoners in learning to file legal briefs.
(“Teenager in Love” from The Best of Dion and the Belmonts is copyright of EMI Records Ltd., 2005)