Troy Shondell was born Gary Shelton, May 14, 1940, in Fort
Wayne, Indiana. Troy passed away January 7, 2016 from complications of
Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases in a nursing home in Picayune,
Mississippi. He became a transatlantic one-hit wonder, by releasing a
single that made the record charts in both the US and the UK. The song,
"This Time" (or sometimes billed as "This Time (We're
Really Breaking Up)" sold over one million records, earning gold
disc status. Indeed, in a single year, sales rose to more than three
million copies. He wrote his first song at age 14, which was recorded by
Little Anthony & The Imperials. In 2001, Shondell still performed
at shows and other events. Along with Jimmy Clanton, Ronnie Dove, and
Ray Peterson, Shondell was a member of the Masters of Rock 'n' Roll.
On October 2, 2007, Shondell traveled to Collins, Mississippi, to deliver
a musical tribute to his fallen rock and roll colleague Dale Houston,
who, with musical partner Grace Broussard, had reached no. 1 in 1963
with "I'm Leaving It Up to You" as the musical duo Dale & Grace.
Shondell died from complications of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease
on January 7, 2016.
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