Del Shannon

Singer, Composer, Keyboardist
One of the great, unsung rock-n-rollers of the 1960s, Del Shannon waxed the classic "Runaway," which briefly sent him to the top of the charts in 1961 before a long decline that ended with his suicide in 1990. On paper ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1939 in Coopersville, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Music (19)

Too Late 2016 (Movie)

("I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry") (Song Performer)

Wristcutters: A Love Story 2007 (Movie)

("Cry Myself To Sleep") (Song)

Wristcutters: A Love Story 2007 (Movie)

("Cry Myself To Sleep") (Song Performer)

Hide and Seek 1997 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story 1993 (Movie)

("Runaway") (Song Performer)

Jennifer Eight 1992 (Movie)

("Handy Man") (Song Performer)

Bowzer's Rock 'n Roll Party 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Catch Me If You Can 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Catch Me If You Can 1989 (Movie)

("Runaway") (Song Performer)

Crime Story 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Stephen King's Children of the Corn 1984 (Movie)

("Runaway") (Song Performer)

Christine 1983 (Movie)

("Runaway") (Song)

Purple Haze 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

Purple Haze 1983 (Movie)

("Runaway") (Song Performer)

Party, Party 1981 (Movie)

("Little Town Flirt") (Song)

No Nukes 1980 (Movie)

("Runaway") (Song)

Yotzim Kavua 1978 (Movie)

(Song)
Actor (5)

Bowzer's Rock 'n Roll Party 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Rock Tonight Concert 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Fabian's Good Time Rock 'n' Roll 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Trad, Dad! 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

One of the great, unsung rock-n-rollers of the 1960s, Del Shannon waxed the classic "Runaway," which briefly sent him to the top of the charts in 1961 before a long decline that ended with his suicide in 1990. On paper, Shannon possessed an abundance of talent: a muscular voice capable of producing a gritty, bluesy growl as well as a stratospheric falsetto, in addition to considerable songwriting and producing chops and a knack for stinging guitar work. But audiences captivated by "Runaway" failed to find similar interest in his subsequent work, and by the mid-1960s, Shannon had been inaccurately labeled a one-hit wonder - he had reached the Top 40 on several occasions between 1961 and 1964 - and relegated to the oldies circuit. Depression and alcoholism robbed him of much of the 1970s, though he began launching a fitful comeback in 1981 with a Top 40 cover of "Sea of Love." But the modest hit and critical praise for his enduring gifts, proved inadequate in keeping Shannon out of the pit of despair. He took his own life in the early morning hours of Feb. 8, 1990, one year before the release of his final, critically-acclaimed album <i>Rock On!</i> (1991), produced by longtime fan Jeff Lynne of ELO fame. Though Del Shannon's life was the stuff of tragedy, the enduring popularity of his greatest hit, "Runaway," was testimony to his status as one of pop-rock's most gifted, yet unsung performers.

Relationships

Shirley Nash

Wife
born c. 1936 Married Divorced

Jody Shannon

Daughter
born c. 1961

Kym Shannon

Daughter
born c. 1960

Craig Shannon

Son
born c. 1956

Bonnie Tyson

Wife
second wife born c. 1953 married c. 1987 until his death 1990

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