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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a Hall of Fame Series with inductee Dion on Wednesday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Foster Theater. The evening will begin with a special hour-long film done in conjunction with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum President Terry Stewart about Dion’s memories of the Winter Dance Party tour of 1959 with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper.
The film will be followed with a live interview with Dion by Dave Marsh and the Rock Hall’s Vice President of Education and Public Programs, Dr. Lauren Onkey. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview.
Dave Marsh wrote the liner notes to Dion’s box set King of the New York Streets and has this to say of Dion’s work: “If you really know Dion, you know this: Rock'n'roll didn't grow up into the music that conquered the world just because it was easy and fun and got you the girls. There was something deeper there, and like Dion's country soul, it was there right from the start.”
During his vast career, Dion created some of the most vital and exciting rock and roll music on the American scene. He formed Dion and The Belmonts in 1957, and their first hit “I Wonder Why” topped the charts that same year. He turned to a solo career in 1960. He found success as a solo artist with such hits as “Runaround Sue,” “Lovers Who Wander” and “The Wanderer.” Dion is the first rock and roll artist ever signed to Columbia Records and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE.
The Hall of Fame Series, which began in April 1996, is a cornerstone of the Museum’s curatorial and educational efforts. By bringing inductees to Cleveland (and occasionally to venues in other parts of the country) on a regular basis, the series offers audiences rare and unique access to Hall of Famers in an intimate setting. Formats for these once-in-a-lifetime events have inspired spontaneous conversation and impromptu performances, special presentations, and audience-participation question and answer sessions. The series celebrates the careers of some of rock music’s biggest names and allows the public to learn about the history and influence of rock and roll from the people who made it. Each Hall of Fame Series is audio and/or videotaped for use in the Museum’s future Library and Archives.