Dion Tackles Giants of Early Guitar Rock


Our good friend Dave Pell at Addictomatic tipped us off to Dion’s recent interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross (audio available).  Dion recently released an album of 15 classic early guitar rock songs.  While I’ve never been a big fan of Dion (maybe the only recording artist remaining who is a little before my time), his appreciation for the great original rock guitarists was striking and his take on their music is interesting.  The interview is definitely worth a listen.  Dion’s versions of these classics are surprisingly good, but listening to his versions left us pining for the originals.  After the jump are links to the originals in all their glory.

None of this, however explains the wacky design on the acoustic
guitar Dion sports on the album cover.

Dion’s Giants of Early Guitar Rock (Amazon)

Dion Pays Homage to Guitar Rock Giants (NPR)

1.  Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran

2.  Come On, Let’s Go by Ritchie Valens

3.  Rave On by Buddy Holly

4.  Believe What You Say by Ricky Nelson

5.  Bye Bye Love by The Everly Brothers

6.  Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent

7.  Runaway by Del Shannon

8.  Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley

9.  I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash

10. Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins

11. Who Do You Love by Ronnie Hawkins

12. Sweet Little Rock and Roller by Chuck Berry

13. Dream Baby by Roy Orbison

14. Shake, Rattle and Roll by Bill Haley and his Comets

15. The Wanderer by Dion and the Belmonts (original)

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  1. don

    Will Dion be on tour in 2009

  2. C.G.Dee

    I was very disappointed that Tommy Allsup ripped into Dion re: Dion’s version of events concerning the Day the Music Died Writ Large. Tommy was suggesing that Dion was crazy to jump into Buddy’s legacy the way he did.

    Tommy, Dion’s done well for himself and will see 72 later this year.

    And I love Buddy, but you late seventies, pre_80 year old bitterness is silly as hell. God bless the Rockabillies, but you are your own worst enemies, imo.

    Rock will never die.