Dion :: Daddy Rollin’ (In Your Arms)

Having kicked heroin after years of teen-idol stardom as the leader of the Belmonts, Dion released “Daddy Rollin’ (In Your Arms)” in 1968 as the b-side to “Abraham, Martin and John.” The underlying vibe of the tune was described by Dion as “(the song) can be a love song or it can be about drugs. I recorded it in the back of a bowling alley with a bunch of Jamaicans. We were banging on cardboard boxes. I had my Gibson Birdland guitar and we just let it roll.” Raw and off-the-cuff, “Daddy Rollin” presented a wholly different side of Dion; one hidden from the sugar-coated mainstream of the 1950s. Harrowing, it’s a rollicking, contemplative and personal work.

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6 thoughts on “Dion :: Daddy Rollin’ (In Your Arms)

  1. Just found your site, it’s outstanding, love the downloads!

    Ben Vaughn does an excellent rockin’ cover version on “Mono USA”.

  2. Whoa. This is a weird little tune that’s pretty hip–I wouldn’t have pegged it as the b-side to that song, but rad.

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