Dell Shannon

Theme from "Crime Story"
#1 in 1961 (Runaway)


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.
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