Registered: May 2007
Posted 21st September 2009 06:48 PM IP
In an industry known for its prevailing liberalism, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Boca Raton resident Dion DiMucci is truly The Wanderer.
DiMucci - better known simply as Dion from his chart-topping Teenager in Love/Runaround Sue/The Wanderer days - turned 70 this year and is a registered Republican who has developed an admiration for conservative congressional hopeful Allen West. West lost a challenge to U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, last year and is gearing for a 2010 rematch.
In a type of gig Dion says he hasn't done before, he's scheduled to introduce West at a Boca Raton Republican Club meeting this month and then perform a not-yet-determined number after West speaks.
Dion was part of Buddy Holly's ill-fated 1959 Winter Dance Party tour (he skipped the doomed plane ride with Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson), and his likeness is included in the iconic crowd shot on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover (he's right behind Tom Mix and Oscar Wilde).
To the extent he's ever been identified with politics in the past, it's for his 1968 recording of Abraham, Martin and John, which associated him with the folky progressivism of the era.
"I still believe in it," Dion says of the song. But in other ways, he says, he doesn't understand the dominant liberalism of the recording industry.
"It's puzzling to me because I'm a rock 'n' roller and rockers believe in truth and freedom. I don't believe a lot of them know what the two words mean," Dion says. "I think a lot of them have confused it (freedom) with license - giving you permission to do anything you want without regard to the consequences."
Dion describes himself politically as "kind of an independent. ... I'm liberal with my love but conservative with my thinking."
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