Runaround Sue

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"Runaround Sue"
Single by Dion
from the album Runaround Sue
B-side "Runaway Girl"
Released September 1961[1]
Genre Doo wop
Length 2:41
Label Laurie 3110
Writer(s) Dion DiMucci and Ernie Maresca
Producer(s) Gene Schwartz
Dion singles chronology
"Somebody Nobody Wants"
(1961)
"Runaround Sue"
(1961)
"The Wanderer"
(1961)

"Runaround Sue" is a pop song, originally a US No. 1 hit for the singer Dion during 1961 after he split with the Belmonts. The song ranked No. 342 on the Rolling Stone list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[2] It was written by Dion with Ernie Maresca, and tells the story of a disloyal lover.

"Runaround Sue" was covered by Leif Garrett in 1978. His version reached number 13 on Billboard and number 18 on Cash Box. In 1980, English group Racey released a cover version which reached number 13 on the UK charts. John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band covered the song in 1983, for the movie Eddie and the Cruisers, while Gary Glitter also covered it on C'mon... C'mon The Gary Glitter Party Album (1997).

G-Eazy sampled the song in his 2011 album The Endless Summer.

Lyrics[edit]

The lyrics are sung by a man whose former girlfriend, named Sue, was extremely unfaithful. He warns all potential lovers to avoid her at all costs, as Sue "runs around" with every guy she meets and never settles down with any man in particular. He strongly advises any potential suitor to 'keep away from runaround Sue'.

Dancing Nana[edit]

On March 6, 2013, a viral video titled "Dancing Nana" was uploaded to the popular video sharing website YouTube. The video consists of an 88 year old woman dancing to Runaround Sue while heading toward her car. As of November 2013, the video has over 4 million views.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, M. C. (1995). The Great Rock Discography. Edinburgh: Canongate Books Ltd. p. 220. ISBN 0-86241-385-0. 
  2. ^ "500 GREATEST SONGS OF ALL TIME". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dancing Nana". 

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Preceded by
"Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
October 23 - November 5, 1961
Succeeded by
"Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean