Del Shannon

Del Shannon (b. Charles Weedon Westover in Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 30, 1934, - d. February 8, 1990 in Santa Clarita, California) was an American rock and roller who launched into fame with the No. 1 hit "Runaway" (1961). The song introduced the musitron, an early form of the synthesizer played by "Runaway" co-writer and keyboardist Max Crook. Shannon took his stage name from a friend, Mark Shannon, and the Cadillac Coupe de Ville car. In 1960 a Grand Rapids, Michigan disc jockey brought a Shannon tape to a Detroit, Michigan label, Big Top Records.

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