RUNAWAY - The Del Shannon Story

by Brian C. Young



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 30/06/2023

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 812
ISBN : 9798369401477
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 812
ISBN : 9798369401484

About the Book

RUNAWAY is a fascinating account of the life and music of 60s rock star Del Shannon. From humble beginnings in the rural Midwest, this bar band guitarist rocketed to overnight superstar status when his first big hit clinched the #1 spot on the American Billboard charts, resulting in an international hit in over 20 other countries during the year 1961. Del Shannon soon followed up “Runaway” with more hits, including “Hats Off To Larry,” “So Long Baby,” “Hey! Little Girl,” “The Swiss Maid,” “Little Town Flirt,” “Two Kinds of Teardrops,” “Handy Man,” “Do You Wanna Dance,” “Keep Searchin’,” and “Stranger In Town.” Shannon was the first American artist to cover a Beatles song in “From Me To You.” In the late 60s and early 70s, he shifted his focus into production, launching the career of country artist Johnny Carver, discovering a group called Smith that saw a #3 hit with a Shannon-Smith arrangement of “Baby It’s You,” and produced fellow contemporary Brian Hyland’s Top 5 hit “Gypsy Woman.” Del worked with Jeff Lynne and Dave Edmunds in the 70s, with Tom Petty seeking him out to produce Shannon’s comeback album in 1981, resulting in a #33 hit “Sea of Love” in America.

About the Author

Brian Young is an expert in the career of Del Shannon, having previously authored Del Shannon – Home and Away in 2004 for a Bear Family Records 8-CD box set. He has contributed articles in DISCoveries and Mojo magazines, and has written dozens of CD liner notes.

He now resides in Tennessee and still runs