Ruby Baby + Donna The Prima Donna CD

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Dion DiMucci
Ruby Baby + Donna The Prima Donna CD

Dion’s two 1963 original Columbia albums together on CD.
Having parted company with the Belmonts in 1960, Dion DiMucci enjoyed a string of solo hits on Laurie Records, including the million-selling Runaround Sue, and two Top 20 albums before signing to Columbia Records in late ’62.
By now a major star and with an uncompromising take on his own style – “I don’t sing white, I don’t sing black, I sing Bronx”, Dion’s arrival at the label heralded a significant sea change; A&R director Mitch Miller’s dislike of rock’n’roll was no secret while Dion himself was eager to break away from the “teen idol” tag.
His first Columbia single, a bluesy cover of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller’s Ruby Baby, peaked at US #2 and spawned the first of two LPs released in 1963.
Released in March ’63, “Ruby Baby” became his third Top 20 album.
By contrast its follow-up, Donna The Prima Donna, fared less well – yet was more allied to Dion’s tastes.
Capitalising on the recent doo wop revival, alongside the self-penned title hit (US #6), the album included two Cleftones cover songs, Goffin & King’s overlooked This Little Girl (US #21) and a cover of Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw (US #31) which Dion had heard as a youngster by way of Hank Williams.
Presented in glorious stereo, Ruby Baby and Donna The Prima Donna make their CD debut here as a memorabilia-laden package includes informative liner and a detailed sessionography.

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Disc 1
  1. Ruby Baby
  2. The End Of The World
  3. Go Away Little Girl
  4. Gonna Make It Alone
  5. Fever
  6. My Mammy
  7. Will Love Ever Come My Way?
  8. Loneliest Man In The World
  9. You Made Me Love You
  10. He’ll Only Hurt You
  11. You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Loves You
  12. Unloved Unwanted Me
  13. Donna The Prima Donna
  14. Can’t We Be Sweethearts?
  15. Sweet Sweet Baby
  16. This Little Girl Of Mine
  17. Flim Flam
  18. Troubled Mind
  19. This Little Girl
  20. Oh Happy Days
  21. You’re Mine
  22. Donna
  23. I Can’t Believe That You Don’t Love Me Anymore
  24. Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw