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The rock and roll legend who saw Jesus while out jogging

He was one of the original American heart-throb rockers of the 1950s and is still making music today. Now Dion DiMucci is celebrating his return to Catholicism with a new book.

  • Rory Fitzgerald
  • United States
  • April 2, 2012
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Dion DiMucci was there at the creation of rock’n’roll. In the late 1950s, the Italian-American boy from the Bronx scored runaway hits with songs like “The Wanderer” and “Runaround Sue”. By the age of 20, the once-poor gang member had become a millionaire.

In 1959, while touring with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, he fatefully chose not to get on the plane that killed them both. In the 1960s, although he had everything the world could offer, he felt profoundly empty.

He struggled with heroin and alcohol addiction until one night in 1967 when he fell to his knees and prayed. Then everything changed.

Dion appears on the legendary cover of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and counts Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Lou Reed as friends and admirers. Although now 72, he is still writing recording music and has just published a moving memoir of his journey back to his Catholic roots: Dion: The Wanderer Talks Truth.

Speaking from his Flordia home Dion told me of his deep love for the Catholic Church, which he says is far more than merely a natural organisation.

“It’s supernatural,” he says. “That’s why I love it. I love the Church. I love the teachings. I love the truth."

Full Story: The rock star who met Christ on a jog

Source: Catholic Herald
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