Dec 30, 2016

Del Shannon - Runaway on The Fabulous 60's (1961)

Del Shannon - Runaway on The Fabulous 60's (1961) WLCY RADIO HITS
"Runaway" is a number-one Billboard Hot 100 song made famous by Del Shannon in 1961. It was written by Shannon and keyboardist Max Crook, and became a major international hit. It is No. 472 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, compiled in 2010.

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  1. Runaway
    Del Shannon wrote the lyrics for “Runaway” and recorded the song in New York on January 21,1961. "Runaway” was released on the Big Top label and debuted on March 6,1961. One month later Shannon sang “Runaway” on the “American Bandstand” television show. The song hit the top of the pop charts on April 24,1961, and remained there for four weeks. “Runaway” sold over six million copies. In 1986 Shannon rerecorded the song as the theme for the “Crime Story” television series, which aired from 1986 to 1988.

  2. “Runaway”
    Composers: Max Crook and Charles Westover
    Original Artist: Del Shannon
    Label: Big Top Records; Recording: Big Top #3067 (45)
    Release Year: 1961; Chart: #1 Billboard Wot 100
    Cover Artist: Lawrence Welk
    Label: Dor Records; Recording: Dot #16336 (45)
    Release Year: 1962; Chart: #56 Billboard Hot 100

  3. His given name was Charles Westover, but he was known on record as Del Shannon, and he reached number 1 on the charts with his very first release, “Runaway” in 1961, featuring the haunting and unique sound of a musitron in the song’s instrumental break. Shannon scored other hits such as “Hats Off to Larry,” “Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow the Sun),” and “Little Town Flirt,” but never again topped the charts.

    One year after the original Del Shannon version, a cover version emerged from a very unexpected source—Lawrence Welk. Welk’s version was instrumental, except for an occasional “Ooh” or “Ahh” from a female chorus and a male bass singer. Welk’s rendition barely penetrated the Top 60. A couple of other versions of “Runaway” by Bonnie Raitt and Tony Orlando and Dawn reached the Top 100 in the 1970s.

    Del Shannon was poised for a big comeback in the early 1980s when he released a version of Phil Phillips’s “Sea of Love” (produced by Tom Petty), but despite a lot of airplay it peaked at number 33. Career disappointment led Del Shannon to take his own life on February 8, 1990.

    Shannon’s “Runaway” has been included in countless movie soundtracks, including American Graffiti, Good Will Hunting, and Eddie and the Cruisers.