Runaround Sue – Dion

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………………..on October 23rd of 1961 Dion DiMucci continued his hit streak after leaving The Belmonts when “Runaround Sue” went to number one in the US. It reached #11 in the UK. Although he married a girl named Sue, Dion said he was thinking about a girl named Roberta when he wrote the song. Sang in a doo-wop style, 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. However, during a 1990 interview with his wife on the Oprah Winfrey Show, they presented the story that the song was indeed about her. Dion’s popularity waned in the mid-1960s. Toward the end of the decade, he shifted his style and produced songs with a more mature, contemplative feeling, such as “Abraham, Martin and John.” He became popular again in the late 1960s and into the mid-1970s, and he has continued making music ever since. Critics who had dismissed his early work, pegging him as merely a teen idol, praised his later work, and noted the influence he has had on other musicians. Dion was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.