Dion & The Belmonts - Runaround Sue - 1961

Dion & The Belmonts: "Runaround Sue" (1961)

Runaround Sue is a famous song performed by Dion and The Belmonts, released in 1961. This song is a classic example of the early rock and roll era, blending doo-wop rhythms with the emerging rock sound of the 1960s. It tells the story of a girl named Sue, known for her unfaithful nature, and the heartache she causes the narrator. The song's catchy melody and memorable lyrics have made it a timeless hit, still enjoyed by many today.


  1. Dion and The Belmonts: A prominent American doo-wop and rock and roll group.
  2. 1960s Music: The era marked a significant change in musical styles and the birth of many new genres.
  3. Rock and Roll: The genre that shaped the music scene in the 1960s and beyond.

Musical Composition

  1. Doo-Wop Music: Understanding the musical style that influenced "Runaround Sue".
  2. Songwriting: The process and skill behind creating a hit song like "Runaround Sue".
  3. Melody: Explore how melody plays a crucial role in making songs memorable.

Cultural Impact

  1. 1960s Culture: The societal and cultural changes during the 1960s that influenced music.
  2. Music and Society: How music reflects and influences social trends and attitudes.
  3. Legacy of Rock and Roll: The lasting impact of early rock and roll music on contemporary genres.

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Runaround Sue" released? (1961) (!1959) (!1963) (!1965)

Who originally performed "Runaround Sue"? (Dion and The Belmonts) (!Elvis Presley) (!The Beatles) (!Chuck Berry)

What is the main theme of "Runaround Sue"? (Heartache caused by a unfaithful girl) (!The joy of young love) (!The excitement of rock and roll) (!A road trip across America)

Which musical style heavily influenced "Runaround Sue"? (Doo-Wop) (!Blues) (!Jazz) (!Country)

Which decade does "Runaround Sue" belong to? (1960s) (!1950s) (!1970s) (!1980s)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Which group was Dion a part of when "Runaround Sue" was released? (Dion and The Belmonts) (!The Miracles) (!The Drifters) (!The Four Seasons)

What is the full name of Dion, the lead singer of "Runaround Sue"? (Dion Francis DiMucci) (!Dion Anthony Williams) (!Dion James Smith) (!Dion Michael Jones)

Before "Runaround Sue," Dion and The Belmonts were known for which musical style? (Doo-Wop) (!Rockabilly) (!Blues) (!Rhythm and Blues)

In which city did Dion and The Belmonts originate? (New York City) (!Los Angeles) (!Chicago) (!Detroit)

What was one of Dion and The Belmonts' early hits before "Runaround Sue"? ("I Wonder Why") (!"Blue Moon") (!"Great Balls of Fire") (!"Johnny B. Goode")

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What advice does the singer give in "Runaround Sue"? (Avoid falling in love with Sue) (!Pursue a relationship with Sue) (!Forget about past loves) (!Embrace the single life)

How is Sue described in the song? (Unfaithful and misleading) (!Kind and loving) (!Shy and retiring) (!Adventurous and free-spirited)

In "Runaround Sue," how does the singer feel after his experience with Sue? (Heartbroken and warning others) (!Joyful and satisfied) (!Indifferent and unbothered) (!Angry and vengeful)

What is a recurring line in the chorus of "Runaround Sue"? ("Ah, she likes to travel around") (!"Oh, she loves the summer sun") (!"Yeah, she dances through the night") (!"Hey, she sings the blues")

The narrative of "Runaround Sue" is mainly about? (The singer's personal experience with Sue) (!A fictional story unrelated to the singer) (!A general celebration of love) (!A historical event)


Dion and The Belmonts 1960s Rock and Roll Band
"Runaround Sue" Hit Song of 1961
Doo-Wop Influential Music Style in "Runaround Sue"
Heartache Central Theme of "Runaround Sue"
Dion Francis DiMucci Full Name of Dion

Open Tasks


  1. Research Doo-Wop Bands: Find other popular doo-wop bands from the 1950s and 1960s and compare their style to Dion and The Belmonts.
  2. Create a Playlist: Curate a playlist of early rock and roll songs, including "Runaround Sue", and share why you chose each song.
  3. Draw a Music Poster: Design a concert poster for Dion and The Belmonts as if they were touring today.


  1. Write a Song Review: Listen to "Runaround Sue" and write a review discussing its musical elements and cultural impact.
  2. Analyze the Lyrics: Dive into the lyrics of "Runaround Sue" and explore the story and emotions conveyed in the song.
  3. Explore 1960s Culture: Research how the cultural changes of the 1960s influenced the music of that era, including songs like "Runaround Sue".


  1. Compose a Doo-Wop Song: Write and record your own doo-wop style song, inspired by "Runaround Sue".
  2. Interview Project: Interview people who grew up in the 1960s about their memories and feelings related to songs like "Runaround Sue".
  3. Music Evolution Essay: Write an essay on how rock and roll evolved from the 1950s to the 1960s, using "Runaround Sue" as a reference point.

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Oral Exam

  1. Compare and Contrast: Discuss the differences and similarities between doo-wop music and modern pop music, using "Runaround Sue" as an example.
  2. Music's Influence on Society: Explore how a song like "Runaround Sue" could have influenced societal attitudes in the 1960s.
  3. Evolution of Music Genres: Explain how the evolution of music genres from the 1950s to the 1960s reflects broader cultural changes.
  4. Artistic Expression: Discuss the role of storytelling in music and how songs like "Runaround Sue" convey a narrative.
  5. Legacy of Dion and The Belmonts: Analyze the lasting impact of Dion and The Belmonts on the music industry and future artists.

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