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The Del Shannon Historic Legacy Event 2023 took place at the Battle Creek Regional History Museum with author Brian Young presenting. This event was part of a three day celebration called Del Shannon Weekend. All proceeds went to benefit the Battle Creek Regional History Museum.Watch the Historical Legacy Event video here


RUNAWAY - The Del Shannon Story

Brian C. Young

Book Details :

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/30/2023
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6"(w)x9"(h)x1.79"(d)
Page Count : 812
ISBN : 9798369401484

( eBook ISBN : 9798369401477 )


This book for music lovers provides insight into the ups and downs of stardom through the lens of a successful singer-songwriter from the 60s.


RUNAWAY is a fascinating account of the life and music of 60s rock star Del Shannon. From humble beginnings in the rural Midwest, this bar band guitarist rocketed to overnight superstar status when his first big hit clinched the #1 spot on the American Billboard charts, resulting in an international hit in over 20 other countries during the year 1961. Del Shannon soon followed up “Runaway” with more hits, including “Hats Off To Larry,” “So Long Baby,” “Hey! Little Girl,” “The Swiss Maid,” “Little Town Flirt,” “Two Kinds of Teardrops,” “Handy Man,” “Do You Wanna Dance,” “Keep Searchin’,” and “Stranger In Town.” Shannon was the first American artist to cover a Beatles song in “From Me To You.” In the late 60s and early 70s, he shifted his focus into production, launching the career of country artist Johnny Carver, discovering a group called Smith that saw a #3 hit with a Shannon-Smith arrangement of “Baby It’s You,” and produced fellow contemporary Brian Hyland’s Top 5 hit “Gypsy Woman.” Del worked with Jeff Lynne and Dave Edmunds in the 70s, with Tom Petty seeking him out to produce Shannon’s comeback album in 1981, resulting in a #33 hit “Sea of Love” in America.


This book offers virtually a day-by-day account of Del Shannon's music career, including live performance venues, recording session dates, and other special events. Extensive Bibliography and Endnotes along with a complete Sessionography for the first time anywhere! A deep dive into unfinished songs and pre-"Runaway" demos are also analyzed to showcase Del Shannon's formative years and how he quickly evolved into a masterful songwriter.


Brian Young is an expert in the career of Del Shannon, having previously authored Del Shannon – Home and Away in 2004 for a Bear Family Records 8-CD box set. He has contributed articles in DISCoveries and Mojo magazines, and has written dozens of CD liner notes.

Listen to a podcast interview with Brian Young on the new Del Shannon Biography.


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