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            A DEL SHANNON Album From My "Wish List" 










                                   



One of the best and most original rockers of the early '60s, Del Shannon

 was also one of the least typical. Although classified at times as a teen
 
idol, he favoured brooding themes of abandonment, loss, and rejection.



In some respects he looked forward to the British Invasion with his
 
frequent use of minor chords and his ability to write most of his own
 
material. In fact, Shannon was able to keep going strong for a year or two
 
into the British Invasion, and never stopped trying to play original music,
 
though his commercial prospects pretty much died after the mid-'60s.


Born Charles Westover, Shannon happened upon a gripping series of minor
 
chords while playing with his band in Battle Creek, MI. The chords would
 
form the basis for his 1961 debut single, "Runaway," one of the greatest
 
hits of the early '60s, with its unforgettable riffs, Shannon's amazing vocal
 
range (which often glided off into a powerful falsetto), and the creepy,
 
futuristic organ solo in the middle. It made number one, and the similar
 
follow-up, "Hats Off to Larry," also made the Top Ten.






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                        DEL  SHANNON  EP





Del Shannon had intermittent minor hits over the next couple of years
 
("Little Town Flirt" was the biggest), but was even more successful in
 
England, where he was huge. On one of his European tours in 1963, he
 
played some shows with the Beatles, who had just scored their first big
 
British hits. Shannon, impressed by what he heard, would become the first
 
American artist to cover a Beatles song when he recorded "From Me to
 
You" for a 1963 single (although it would give him only a very small hit).
 
Shannon's melodic style had some similarities with the burgeoning
 
pop/rock wing of the British Invasion, and in 1965, Peter & Gordon would
 
cover a Shannon composition, "I Go to Pieces," for a Top Ten hit.




Del Shannon got into the Top Ten with a late-1964 single, "Keep
 
Searchin'," that was 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 again for nearly a couple of decades. A switch to a bigger label
 
(Liberty) didn't bring the expected commercial results, although he was
 
continuing to release quality singles. Part of the problem was that some of
 
these were a bit too eager to recycle some of his stock minor-keyed riffs,
 
as good as his prototype was. A brief association with producer Andrew
 
Loog Oldham (also manager/producer of the Rolling Stones) found him
 
continuing to evolve, developing a more Baroque, orchestrated pop/rock
 
sound, and employing British session musicians such as Nicky Hopkins.
 
Much to Shannon's frustration, Liberty decided not to release the album
 
that resulted from the collaboration (some of the material appeared on
 
singles, and much of the rest of the sessions would eventually be issued
 
for the collector market).




By the late '60s, Del Shannon was devoting much of his energy to
 
producing other artists, most notably Smith and Brian Hyland. 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. 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 as
 
backing musicians) got him into the Top 40 again with a cover of "Sea of
 
Love." He was working on another comeback album with Jeff Lynne, and
 
sometimes rumored as a replacement for Roy Orbison in the Traveling
 
Wilburys, when he unexpectedly killed himself on February 8, 1990, while
 
on anti-depressant drugs.







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                                   DEL  SHANNON  CD







                Del Shannon war musikalisch für mich ein treuer Begleiter,
schon als Schüler zu meinen Gymnasialzeiten war ich von
seinen Titeln fasziniert und regelrecht elektrisiert.


Ich habe eine kleine Sammlung seines Lebenswerks, Vinyl,
CD's und ein Live-Konzert auf DVD.

 
Er konnte singen, das konnten nicht alle Stars der damaligen
Zeit von sich behaupten. Ich habe von ihm z.B. eine CD mit
dem Titel: "Del Shannon sings Hank Williams"


                            Meine Lieblingstitel:

 
   "Runaway", "Hats off to Larry", "The Swiss Maid".




Del Shannon was always by my side, when I was a pupil.

I was fascinated  by his songs, therefore I have a collection

of Del Shannon songs on vinyl and CD and a concert on DVD,

he could really sing, not the standard for most of the stars

from yesterday. 



                    One of the CD's in my collection is

                  "Del Shannon sings Hank Williams"

 
                           My Del Shannon favourites:

 
      "Runaway", "Hats off to Larry", "The Swiss Maid".





Rock_On_Del_Shannon.jpgNach seinem Tod veröffentlicht, eine grandiose CD ! Mit viel Herzblut gesungen, ich liebe diese CD !  Habe ich bei eBay erworben, daher auch das Logo unten rechts. 

      

                                          Great songs, great voice, with a lot of feeling.  

                                                   Released  after  Del's tragic  death.





                             




              Let The Good Times  Roll - Big Top - Del Shannon



Del Shannon - Greatest Hits (16 tracks)



Unforgettable Memories - Del Shannon



Del Shannon sings Hank Williams



The Magic Collection - Del Shannon



Del Shannon - Live In England



Del Shannon - . . . And The Music Plays On



Del Shannon - GOLD



Del Shannon - All The Hits And More !



Del Shannon - Greatest Hits (20 tracks)



Del Shannon - Home And Away CD 6 Bear Fam.



Del Shannon - I Go To Pieces



Del Shannon - Little Town Flirt



Del Shannon - Runaway - The Original Hits



Del Shannon - Runaway Hits !



Del Shannon - The Liberty Years



Del Shannon - This Is Del Shannon



Del Shannon - Rock On !



Del Shannon - Runaway With Del Shannon




plus some vinyl 45, vinyl 33 and a DVD.