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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 favored 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.

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 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, 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.

Title: Expanse

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Chartbreaker

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Pop

Title: Black Or White

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: World Of Super Hits

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Pop

Title: Hit It

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: The Start

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Best Hit Wonder

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Pop

Title: Colorful Garden

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Pop

Title: Always The Best Hits

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Pop

Title: Imposingly

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Quiescent Point

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Pop

Title: In Icy Climes

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Pop

Title: Go Riding

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Blowball

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Colorful Fruit

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Rooftop Storys

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Silhouettes

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Christmas For All

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Noble Blue

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Christmas Cards

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Palm Beach

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Rich And Rugged

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: In Other Spheres

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Hits To The Top

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Pop

Title: Mystic Moments

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Stars From Vinyl

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Pop

Title: As Light As Straw

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: A Bouquet Of Hits

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Rainbow Girl

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Pop

Title: Happy Sounds

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Into The Countryside

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Pop

Title: Festive Tones

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Expensive Bling

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: City Or Country

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Fellow

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Title: Ultimate Top Hits

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Pop

Title: Kelly

Artist: Del Shannon

Genre: Rock

Collections

Title: All Our Yesterplays

Genre: Pop

Title: Jukebox Hits, Vol. 1

Genre: Pop

Title: Jukebox Hits, Vol. 1

Genre: Pop

Title: Adn & Rock 'N' Roll

Genre: Rock

Title: Rock & Roll vol 2

Genre: Rock

Title: Pop of the 60s

Genre: Pop

Title: Jukebox Hits, Vol. 4

Genre: Pop

Featuring albums

Title: Teen Idols

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Playing For Keeps

Artist: Billy Fury

Genre: Rock

Title: Don't Say It's Over

Artist: Billy Fury

Genre: Rock

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