Del Shannon was born Charles Weedon Westover in Grand Rapids,
Michigan. He grew up in Coopersville, a small town near Grand Rapids. In
1954, he was drafted into the Army, and while in Germany played guitar
in a band called the Cool Flames. In early 1959 Max Crook, a keyboard
player joined him and played the Musitron (his own invention of an early
synthesizer). On January 21, 1961, they recorded "Runaway",
released as a single in February 1961. It reached #1 in the Billboard
chart in April. Used as the theme song for the TV series Crime Story.
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