Today: Del Shannon passed away in 1990 – 23 years ago

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I always want to run away from A to B, and then I get to B and I wanna go back to A. I think everybody wants to run away.
~Del Shannon

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.
~Richie Unterberger (

Del Shannon’s induction in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame


From Wikipedia

Birth name Charles Weedon Westover
Also known as Charlie Johnson
Born December 30, 1934
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Died February 8, 1990 (aged 55)
Santa Clarita, California, U.S.
Genres Rock, country music
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1958–90
Labels Bigtop, Twirl, Berlee, Amy, Liberty, Dunhill, United Artists,Island, Elektra, Silvertone
Website Official website

Charles Weedon Westover (December 30, 1934 – February 8, 1990), known professionally as Del Shannon, was an American rock and roll singer-songwriter who had a No. 1 hit, “Runaway”, in 1961.

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Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow the Sun) – live 1965

Album of the day

Greatest Hits (2010)

del shannon greatest hits

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  • Stop! In the Name of Love” is a 1965 song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label.

    Written and produced by Motown’s main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, “Stop! In the Name of Love” held the number-one position on the Billboard pop singles chart in the United States from March 21, 1965 through April 3, 1965, and reached the number-two position on the soul chart.

    The Supremes - Stop In The Name Of Love

    Released February 8, 1965 (U.S.)
    Format Vinyl record (7″ 45 RPM)
    Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); January 5, January 7, and January 11, 1965
    Genre Pop, R&B, soul
    Length 2:52
    Label Motown
    M 1074
    Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
    Producer Brian Holland
    Lamont Dozier
    Certification Gold (RIAA)

  • Vincent Neil Wharton (born February 8, 1961) is an American vocalist and musician, best known as the lead vocalist of heavy metalband Mötley Crüe.