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Del Shannon
Del Shannon promo photo
Del Shannon promo photo
Background information
Birth name Charles Weedon Westover
Born December 30, 1934
Flag of United States Coopersville, Michigan
Died February 8, 1990
Genre(s) Rock, Country Music
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1961 - 1990
For Dell Shannon, the pen name of a police procedural novelist, see Elizabeth Linington.

Del Shannon December 30, 1934February 8, 1990 (born Charles Weedon Westover in Coopersville, Michigan) was an American rock and roller who launched into fame with the No. 1 hit "Runaway" (1961). The song introduced the musitron, an early form of the synthesizer played by "Runaway" co-writer and keyboardist Max Crook. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... December 30 is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 1 day remaining. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: none Location of Coopersville in Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Ottawa  - Mayor Kenneth L. Bush Area    - City  4. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Barbara Elizabeth Linington (born March 11, 1921 in Aurora Kane, Illinois; died April 05, 1988 in Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, California) was an American freelance novelist. ... December 30 is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 1 day remaining. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: none Location of Coopersville in Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Ottawa  - Mayor Kenneth L. Bush Area    - City  4. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... These are the Billboard Hot 100 #1 Hits of 1961: See also: 1961 in music, List of Number 1 Hits (USA) Categories: No 1 hits in the United States ... Runaway (Shannon-Crook) was a number-one Billboard Hot 100 song in 1961 by Del Shannon. ... See also: 1960 in music, other events of 1961, 1962 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 15 - Motown Records signs The Supremes January 20 - Francis Poulencs Gloria is premiered in Boston February 12 - The Miracles Shop Around becomes Motowns first... The clavioline was an electronic keyboard instrument, a forerunner to the analog synthesizer. ... A synthesizer (or synthesiser) is an electronic musical instrument designed to produce electronically generated sound, using techniques such as additive, subtractive, FM, physical modelling synthesis, phase distortion, or Scanned synthesis. ... An electronic keyboard is a keyboard instrument which uses electricity to produce or amplify its sound. ...


Shannon followed with "Hats Off to Larry", which peaked at #12, and the less popular "So Long, Baby," another song of breakup bitterness. "Little Town Flirt", released in 1962, also reached #12 in 1963, as did the album of the same name. After these hits, Shannon was unable to keep his momentum in the U.S., but continued his run of success in England, where he had always been more popular. In 1963, he became the first American artist to record a cover version of a Beatles song with "From Me to You". Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the  United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. ... Music sample From Me to You (file info) Problems? See media help. ...


Shannon returned to the charts in 1964, with "Handy Man" (a 1960 hit by Jimmy Jones), "Do You Wanna Dance" (a 1958 hit by Bobby Freeman), and two more originals "Keep Searchin'" (a Top 10 hit), and "Stranger in Town" (1965), both themed about flight from pursuit in a dangerous world. A 1966 chart offering was Shannon's cover of the Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb". 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Handy Man is a rock n roll song co-written by singer Jimmy Jones and songwriter Otis Blackwell. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Jimmy Jones (born June 2, 1937 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an African American singer and songwriter. ... Do You Wanna Dance? is a song written by Bobby Freeman, and recorded by him in 1958. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bobby Freeman (born June 13, 1940) is an African-American soul singer who recorded for the Autumn Records label in San Francisco, California. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... This article is about the rock band. ...


In the late 1960s, after a dry spell of hits, he turned to production. In 1969, he discovered a group called Smith and arranged their hit "Baby It's You," which had previously been a smash hit for the Shirelles in 1963. He then produced his friend Brian Hyland's million seller "Gypsy Woman" in 1970. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Smith was an American rock group from St. ... The Shirelles were an influential American girl group in the early 1960s. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brian Hyland (born November 12, 1943) was a moderately successful pop artist from Queens, New York during the 1960s. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


In the 1970s, Shannon's career slowed down greatly; the hates and fears he had turned into art in his earlier songs were turning into full-blown mental illness, and he was self-medicating with alcohol.[citation needed] He finally put the bottle down in 1978, and he was able to return to mainstream audiences with "Sea of Love" in the early 1980s. This song came from Shannon's album "Drop Down And Get Me", produced by Tom Petty. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... A mental illness or mental disorder refers to one of many mental health conditions characterized by distress, impaired cognitive functioning, atypical behavior, emotional dysregulation, and/or maladaptive behavior. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Thomas Tom Earl Petty (born October 20, 1950) is a popular American musician, known for his album-oriented, classicist rock n roll. ...


In December, 1983, Shannon served as Grand Marshal of the Coopersville, Michigan, Christmas parade and also performed a benefit concert at Coopersville High School. Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Grand Marshal is a ceremonial, military, or political office of very high rank. ... Nickname: none Location of Coopersville in Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Ottawa  - Mayor Kenneth L. Bush Area    - City  4. ...


Shannon enjoyed a resurgence in audience interest after re-recording a portion of his song "Runaway" (with new lyrics), as the theme song for the television program Crime Story. Producer Michael Mann felt that this was one of the definitive songs of the era in which the program was set.[citation needed] Crime Story Season 1 From l to r: Bill Campbell, Bill Smitrovich, Dennis Farina, Paul Butler, Steve Ryan Crime Story Season 2 From l to r: Paul Butler, Bill Smitrovich, Dennis Farina Crime Story was an NBC TV series created by Gustave Reininger and Chuck Adamson. ... Michael Kenneth Mann (born February 5, 1943 in Chicago) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. ...


In 1990, Shannon recorded a comeback album with Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra, and was concurrently being considered to replace Roy Orbison in The Traveling Wilburys after Orbison's death.[citation needed] However, on February 8 of that year, Shannon committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a .22 caliber rifle. His wife has expressed the opinion that his death might have been related to his recent use of the prescription drug Prozac.[1] His final album was released after his death, titled Rock On!. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Jeff Lynne (born December 30, 1947) is a Grammy Award-nominated English rock songwriter, singer, guitarist and record producer. ... “ELO” redirects here. ... Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed The Big O, was an influential American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. ... The Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup created by George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan. ... Suicide (Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of intentionally taking ones own life. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Background Fluoxetine hydrochloride (brand names include Prozac®, Symbyax® (compounded with olanzapine), Sarafem®, Fontex® (Sweden), Fluctine (Austria, Germany), Prodep (India), Fludac (India)) is an antidepressant drug used medically in the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and many other disorders. ... Rock On is the name of several albums: Rock On, a 1971 album by Humble Pie Rock On, a 1972 album by Richard Thompson collaboration The Bunch Rock On, a 1973 album by David Essex Rock On, a 1979 album by Alvin Stardust Rock On, a 1991 album by Del...


During the summer of 1990, the country band Southern Pacific released a cover of Shannon's hit "I Go To Pieces" (also a hit back in 1965 for Peter & Gordon), with the song's video being dedicated in Shannon's memory. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Peter & Gordon were a British Invasion-era performing duo, formed by Peter Asher and Gordon Waller, that rocketed to fame in 1964 with A World Without Love. Peter Ashers sister (the actress Jane Asher) was dating Paul McCartney (of The Beatles), and so Peter & Gordon recorded several songs written...


Shannon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, and his pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... The Rockabilly Hall of Fame was established on March 21, 1997 to present early rock and roll history and information relative to the artists and personalities involved in this pioneering American music genre. ...

Contents

Film Appearances

Its Trad, Dad!, known in the U.S. as Ring-A-Ding Rhythm. ...

TV Appearances

  • Shindig! (1965)
  • Hollywood A Go Go (1965)

Shindig! was the name of a music variety show which was aired every week on the American ABC network from September 16, 1964 to January 8, 1966. ...

Del Shannon in Popular Culture

  • Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever album features a song called “Running Down a Dream” which mentions both Del Shannon and the song “Runaway.”[2]
  • The song “My Little Runaway” by the Stone Coyotes mentions both Del Shannon and the song “Runaway.”
  • The song Goodbye to You, by Scandal replicates the musitron solo from "Runaway" for its own instrumental break.
  • In the music video for the Luis Cardenas cover of “Runaway,” Del Shannon has a guest appearance as a cop.[3]
  • The song "Runaway" has appeared in the following movies:
  • "Runaway" was also used on television, albeit shortened and with the lyrics slightly modified, as the theme to Michael Mann's 80s Miami Vice follow-up series, Crime Story.
  • Other Del Shannon songs have been featured in the following movies:
  • Party, Party (1982) "Little Town Flirt" by Altered Images
  • Jennifer Eight (1992) "Handy Man"

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Hit singles

Release date Title Chart Positions
US Charts UK Singles Chart
3/61 "Runaway" #1 #1
6/61 "Hats Off to Larry" #5 #6
9/61 "So Long Baby" #28 #10
11/61 "Hey! Little Girl" #38 #2
6/62 "Cry Myself to Sleep" #99 #29
9/62 "The Swiss Maid" #64 #2
12/62 "Little Town Flirt" #12 #4
4/63 "Two Kinds of Teardrops" #50 #5
6/63 "From Me to You" #77 -
8/63 "Two Silhouettes" - #23
11/63 "Sue's Gotta Be Mine" #71 #21
3/64 "Mary Jane" - #35
7/64 "Handy Man" #22 #36
9/64 "Do You Want To Dance" #43 -
11/64 "Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun)" #9 #3
2/65 "Stranger in Town" #30 #40
5/65 "Break Up" #95 -
5/66 "The Big Hurt" #94 -
12/81 "Sea of Love" #33 -

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Runaway (Shannon-Crook) was a number-one Billboard Hot 100 song in 1961 by Del Shannon. ... The Swiss Maid was a 1962 hit for Del Shannon. ... Music sample From Me to You (file info) Problems? See media help. ... Handy Man is a rock n roll song co-written by singer Jimmy Jones and songwriter Otis Blackwell. ... Do You Wanna Dance? is a song written by Bobby Freeman, and recorded by him in 1958. ...

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Del Shannon (1157 words)
Shannon's hit streak suffered somewhat in early '62 with two big flops, "Ginny In The Mirror" and "Cry Myself To Sleep," although the latter proved to be the chief inspiration for Elton John's "Crocodile Rock." His managers concerned, Shannon was flown to Nashville to develop a new sound.
Shannon was asked to record "Action" the theme for the television show "Where the Action Is," which he turned down and became a top twenty hit for Freddy Cannon.
Shannon was a perennially popular artist on the oldies circuit (particularly in Europe, where he had an especially devoted audience), and was always up for a comeback attempt on record.
Del Shannon (749 words)
Del Shannon is a key figure in rock and roll’s transition from the Fifties to Sixties, serving as something of a link between Elvis and the Beatles.
May 1, 1965: At the height of the British Invasion, ‘Del Shannon Sings Hank Williams’, a tribute album to the late country and western legend, is released.
March 15, 1999: Del Shannon is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fourteenth annual induction dinner.
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