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January 2, 2012

Fred Milano, tenor with Dion and the Belmonts, dead at 72

New York Daily News:

Fred Milano, (far left photo) a city street-corner singer who became part of rock 'n' roll history as second tenor with Dion and the Belmonts, died Sunday. He was 72. His family told New York 1 he was diagnosed three weeks ago with lung cancer.

Dion DiMucci and the Belmonts, who also included Carlo Mastrangelo and Angelo D'Aleo, were one of the groups that took rock 'n' roll from its roots in rhythm and blues vocal group harmony into the smoother, pop-flavored era of the Beach Boys and Four Seasons.

They were the embodiment of late-1950s cool, famous around the country and icons in New York for a run of hits that included "A Teenager in Love," "Where or When" and "I Wonder Why." DiMucci's slick style and classic rock star looks sent him off into a solo career in 1960, but the Belmonts were a critical part of his early success and image.

In 1987, DiMucci sang "Teenager in Love" at Madison Square Garden with an impromptu backup group that included Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Lou Reed, Ruben Blades and Billy Joel. After the show, DiMucci said he had no trouble convincing any of them to do it, "because if you grew up in that era, everyone wanted to be a Belmont."

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Posted by acapnews at January 2, 2012 12:00 AM