The Belmonts were friends from the area around Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. They attended Roosevelt High School and hung out together. They began singing together and named themselves after Belmont Avenue in the Bronx. They recorded for the Mohawk label in 1957, making their debut with the song, Teenage Clementine. Dion, who lived in the neighborhood, joined the group for the next recording, We Went Away. It was cut for Mohawk Records under the direction of conductor/arranger Hugo Montenegro.
The group moved to Laurie Records, newly founded by Bob Schwartz (who had been a part-owner of Mohawk) and his brother Gene and cut their label debut I Wonder Why that made it to the top of the charts followed to the top by a pair of hits, No One Knows and Don’t Pity Me. A Teenager in Love, Where or When and When You Wish Upon a Star elevated The Belmonts with Dion to a major worldwide act. Their vocal talent as a singing group was displayed prominently on all the recordings with their collective musical tastes
ranging from rock ’n roll to jazz, to country, to pop and blues, and they were voted best vocal group of 1959 by Downbeat Magazine. In 1960, Dion and The Belmonts went their separate ways. The Belmonts continued to enjoy success on the stage as well as on the charts.
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