I've loved Dion's music since I was a kid-- "The Wanderer" and "Abraham, Martin and John," among others, have been favorites of mine since I started listening to the radio in the mid and late sixties.
A couple of years ago, my wife got me Sirius Radio for my birthday, and I quickly fell in love with Little Steven's Underground Garage. One of the things is that I've discovered lots of new music-- either newer groups I'd never heard of, like the Boss Martians and the Cocktail Slippers, older groups I'd never heard of, such as The Cake-- and old songs I'd never heard from artists I loved, like Dion's "King of the New York Streets."
"King of the New York Streets" is full of brilliant wordplay, both broggadio and cautionary-- the story of a guy who had it all, and then walks away before he loses it all. If you took away the melody, it could be a rap song. I found a performance on Youtube from 1990, where Dion has Mussel Shoals guy (and "Dock of the Bay" co-author) Steve Cropper playing with him.