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 Responses to “Dion :: Daddy Rollin’ (In Your Arms)”

  1. I heard this song in the film Big Fan and had to look it up i couldn’t believe it was a Dion song.

    Have you heard Drip Drop? That’s another good song of his.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSW_MFMOAco

  2. This is a long-term favorite of mine – thanks for sharing.

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

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

  4. Fantastic!

  5. 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.

  6. […] Other writers have since exposed this track for its greatness and I can only say ‘thank you’ to them- the internet has allowed us to widen the margins of popular interests, highlight the marginalia, and put it into the center of the page. Not to sound all “way-back-when”-ey, but it used to require a bit more bin-diving and dumb luck to find these things out. When a slow-cooked morsel like my “Daddy Rollin’” finally came off the back burner of the mind, it felt personalized and valuable. Serendipity might have let me wait another five years or longer, or I might have stopped wondering altogether without the clues that have since become predictive text in the Google query. I’m happy for all the access, of course, as any music fan (or any fan of anything except ignorance) should be. I just miss the feeling of discovery that happened on its own. […]

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