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Fred Milano of Dion and the Belmonts dies at 72

Published: Tue, January 3, 2012 @ 2:32 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — Fred Milano, who made rock and roll history on doo-wop hits with Dion and the Belmonts in the 1950s and continued to perform while starting a late-in-life career with the New York City Department of Correction, has died. He was 72.

Milano died Sunday, three weeks after his lung cancer was diagnosed, said Warren Gradus, who joined the Belmonts in 1963. Milano lived in Massapequa, on Long Island, and died in a hospital, Gradus said.

Dion DiMucci, the lead singer who left the Belmonts in 1960, said on his Facebook page today, "May he rest in peace and rock on in heaven."

Milano and three friends from the Bronx formed the Belmonts in the mid-1950s, borrowing their name from the borough's Belmont Avenue. They became Dion and the Belmonts after DiMucci joined in 1958.

Milano sang tenor on hits like "A Teenager in Love" and "Where or When."


1doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

R.I.P Fred.

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2alentown(12 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Sad to hear. I had the priviledge to live in 'da neighborhood' in 'da Bronx' at the height of the Dion and The Belmonts run. I've been to many Dion concerts in recent years and he still fondly speaks of those great days in post-war America, with a heavy emphasis on his love and appreciation for Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perniconi, who helped guide him through his youth.

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