Sharon Lee Myers, (Jackie DeShannon was born on August 21,
1944, in Hazel, Kentucky. She was one of the first female
singer-songwriters of the rock 'n' roll period. Sharon Myers adopted the
name Jackie DeShannon, believed to be the name of an Irish ancestor.
Executives at Liberty Records thought the name Sharon Myers would not
help sell records. In 1960 she recorced a string of mostly flop singles
although "The Prince" bubbled under at #108 in the United
States in early 1962, and "Faded Love" (#97 in February 1963)
became her first U.S. Hot 100 hit, albeit just barely . She broke
through a little more solidly with "Needles and Pins" and "When
You Walk in the Room" later in 1963. Both reached the lower rungs
of the U.S. pop charts, but were substantial top 40 hits in Canada,
where "Needles and Pins" made it all the way to #1. "Needles
and Pins" and "When You Walk in the Room" later became
U.S. and UK hits for The Searchers.
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