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The Belmonts Story

Angelo D'Aleo, Fred Milano, and Carlo Mastrangelo were all friends from the area around Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. They attended Roosevelt High School and hung out together.  They began singing together and named themselves The Belmonts after  the street  on which Freddy Milano lived. As a trio, they recorded for the Mohawk label in 1957, making their debut with the song "Teenage Clementine," Dion, who lived in the neighborhood, joined the group for the recording “We Went Away”.  It was cut for Mohawk Records under the direction of conductor/arranger Hugo Montenegro.

The group moved to Laurie Records, newly founded by Bob Schwartz (who had been a part-owner of Mohawk), and his brother Gene, and cut their label debut  "I Wonder Why"  which made it to the top of the charts. It was followed by a pair of hits, "No One Knows" and "Don't Pity Me," which also made it to the top of the charts. "A Teenager in Love" made number five, and further hits with "Where or When" and "When You Wish Upon a Star" elevated The Belmonts with Dion as a major worldwide act. Their vocal talent as a singing group was displayed prominently on all the recordings, with their collective musical tastes ranging  from rock ’n roll to jazz, to country, to pop and blues. Of note is one particular performance 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.   

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Left to Right: Angelo D'Aleo, Warren Gradus and Dan Elliott
Gallery: The Belmonts Evolution
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Dan Elliott 1950-2019
It is with deep sadness and regret that The Belmonts announce the loss of their lead singer, Dan Elliott. Danís beautiful voice led The Belmonts for 45 years in concerts and on recordings. He fought the most courageous battle against a deadly adversary for five years. Along with his beloved wife, Carolyn, he faced every challenge with intelligence and dignity. Through it all he still managed to be at the top of his game at every show. In 45 years we never heard Danny say a negative word; he only wanted to make his beautiful music whenever and wherever he could and always with the greatest style and sincerity. We love you Danny and we will miss you.


By The Belmonts |6/24/2019 7:20:16 AM

The Belmonts Albums
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The Season of Harmony (Acappella Christmas )
Songs written by George David Weiss all done acappella featuring The Annual Animal Christmas Ball.
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Carnival of Hits
This album was released on Sabina Records in 1962. Sabina was a record label that we founded and the recordings were produced by us. Enjoy!
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Dion and The Belmonts Reunion
This album was released on Warner Brothers Records in 1972. Richard Nader does the introduction. Madison Square Garden was electrified that night and we had a great time. Give it a listen. Currently out of stock, but keep checking.
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Cigars Acappella Candy
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The Belmonts Rock'N Roll Traveling Show
The Belmonts Rock'N Roll Traveling Show includes the hit single Let's Put The Fun Back In Rock 'N Roll. Snippets coming soon.
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Presenting Dion and The Belmonts
This is our first album. It was released in 1958 on the Laurie Record label and contains 6 hit singles. The Best of Dion and The Belmonts . Listen and Enjoy!
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Wish Upon A Star
This is our second album. It contains what we think are some of the most beautiful standards of all time. The songs are downloadable from our home page, The Best of Dion and The Belmonts. Enjoy!
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Dion and The Belmonts Together Again
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