It had been about 20 years, give or take a few, since Dion DiMucci had released the historically & socially relevant "Abraham, Martin, & John", and I wouldn't blame you if you thought the former teen idol had retired from recording.
However, Dion returned in 1989 with "Yo, Frankie!", which was filled with memories of growing up in the Big Apple, through the eyes of the artist. "Written on the Subway Wall" got a ton of airplay on MTV & VH1, back when those channels actually cared about music. Dion gets a little help from a couple of his friends here, as Paul Simon contributes a few lines from the Elegants' "Little Star", and Lou Reed pops up throughout the video, uploaded by bronxnroll: