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Del Shannon – Video of the Week

Del Shannon “Runaway” live 1982

For this week’s “Video of the Week”, We came across this gem of a video! Featuring a conversation between Del Shannon and Burt Cummings another great singer and piano player. They have a short conversation about creating and writing music. Shortly after, Del Shannon performs his classic song “Runaway” live circa 1982. Check it out below:

Del gets into the Top Ten with a late-1964. With the single, “Keep Searchin’,” which is one of his best and hardest-rocking outings. But after the similar “Stranger in Town” (number 30, 1965), he wouldn’t enter the Top 40 for nearly decades. 

Sessions with Jeff Lynne and Dave Edmunds in the ’70s didn’t amount to much, but an early-’80s album produced by Tom Petty (and featuring members of the Heartbreakers) got him into the Top 40 again with a cover of “Sea of Love.” He is working on another comeback album with Jeff Lynne and rumored to be a possible replacement for Roy Orbison in the Traveling Wilburys.

Below is his version of “I Go To Pieces” that was a top ten hit for Peter & Gordon in 1965.

By the late ’60s, Shannon is devoting much of his energy to producing other artists, most notably Smith and Brian Hyland. Shannon is a perennially popular artist on the oldies circuit. Especially when it comes to fans in Europe. While he was always up for a comeback attempt on record unfortunately, he succumbs to an accidental overdose of anti-depressants in February of 1990. 

As for the song, it’s about a girl who leaves him. Making him wonder what went wrong. Well, for the song, nothing went wrong because in the UK, it was the biggest selling single of 1961!

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Video Credits: hastronder – Runaway Live 1982, Video 2: RocknRollPalace -“I Go to Pieces” is a song written by Del Shannon which became a Top Ten hit for Peter and Gordon in 1965. This performance was recorded live at Little Darlin’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Palace, in Kissimmee, Florida. Song Credits: Del Shannon 

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