#2 – 1961: Runaround Sue – Dion (1961)

“‘Runaround Sue’ is a pop song, in a modified doo-wop style, originally a US No. 1 hit for the singer Dion during 1961 after he split with the Belmonts. The song ranked No. 351 on the Rolling Stone list of ‘The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time‘. The song was written by Dion with Ernie Maresca, and tells the story of a disloyal lover. The lyrics are sung from the point of view of a man whose former girlfriend, named Sue, was extremely unfaithful. He warns all potential lovers to avoid her at all costs, as Sue ‘runs around’ with every guy she meets and never settles down with any man in particular. He advises; ‘now people let me put you wise, Sue goes out with other guys’ and suggests that potential suitors should ‘keep away from Runaround Sue’. Dion stated in his autobiography ‘The Wanderer’ that although his wife’s name was Susan, Runaround Sue had nothing to do with her. …”
1960: The Ventures – Walk Don’t Run, 1961: Dion – Runaround Sue, 1962: Little Eva – Loco-motion, 1963: The Exciters – Tell him, 1964: A world without love – Peter and Gordon, 1965: Cannibal & The Headhunters – Land Of 1000 Dances, 1966: Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels – Jenny Take A Ride / C C Rider, 1967: The Foundations – Now That I’ve Found You, 1968: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – Fire, 1969: Donovan – Atlantis, 1970: The Guess Who – Share The Land

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