One of the greatest hat-tricks in rock singles history was Dion's lost, legendary triplet of 1961-1962 singles that followed his leaving behind The Belmonts for a solo career:
- "Runaround Sue" #1 Pop, #4 R&B Oct 1961
- "The Wanderer" #2 Feb 1962
- "Lovers Who Wander" #3 Pop, #16 R&B June 1962
See that? Consecutive* 1-2-3 hits. While those first two are fine and dan-de-de-de-dan-de-de-dy (or whatever the heck Dion sings), HERC has always been partial to "Lovers Who Wander", a Summer smash before HERC's time. Some will tell ya all three songs are exactly the same, all written by Dion and Ernie Maresca, all variations on a theme. They don't hear the nuances you and HERC hear. You hear them nuances?
*The second single, as initially pushed and promoted by the record label, was actually "The Majestic" with "The Wanderer" relegated to the b-side. Radio jocks unanimously preferred the b-side so that's what they played and all the sock-hoppers and teeny-boppers heard and then ran to buy.