Dan & the Belmonts

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 Dan Elliott  will forever be know as the new guy in The Belmonts.

For over 40 years, The Syracuse native has handled lead vocals for the legendary

 doo - wop group out of the Bronx.

Dan is joined with original members Fred Milano and

Angelo D’Aleo, who formed the group with Carlo

Mastrangelo and first recorded in 1957, and Warren

Gradus, who joined in 1962.

They have plenty of recognizable hits. The Belmonts

Placed “Tell Me Why” and “ Come on Little Angel” on

The Billboard pop Top 40 in 1961 and ’62, respectively.

But the highest-charting songs came before that. The

Group—named after a street in the Bronx—shot to

Fame after Dion DiMucci came on as lead singer in

1958. Dion and the Belmonts placed “A Teenager in

Love” and “Where or When” in the top five in 1959

and 1960, before Dion split for a solo career.

The Belmonts kept going, first with Frank Lyndon as

Lead singer. “ I replaced Frank Lyndon. Who replaced

Dion” Elliott says with a smile

The year was 1973, when Elliott was touring internationally

 as the male lead vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. 

He heard about the opening with the Belmonts

and passed the audition.

They’ve toured ever since—London and Tokyo—and

Played at Madison Square Garden. In 2002, Elliott was

Inducted with the Belmonts into the Doo-Wop Hall of

Fame at Symphony Hall in Boston.

The Belmonts perform about 20 gigs a year with Elliott

As lead singer.

“Its great. It’s a cool thing” says Elliott, who also performs

with the Syracuse –based group The Monterays since

1962. “I am the young guy in The Belmonts. They all live

in New York City, and we make sure to do a gig in Florida

every winter.”

“There’s a resurgence” he says of the popularity of The

Belmonts. “ I can feel it since I’m getting more calls for


Elliott says The Belmonts, after all, are a big part of

American rock history.

“Dion and The Belmonts were the other band there for

‘the day the music died’” Elliott says.” “They were on that

tour with Richie Valens, Big Bopper and Buddy Holly.

But they were from New York, and the others were from

The South.” So they took the tour bus instead of the ill-

fated plane that crashed, killing Holly, Valens and The Big

Bopper on Feb. 3, 1959




             (from a Post Standard article by Mark Bialczak)










Last modified: November 15, 2016