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Del Shannon: Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD)

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Del Shannon was undoubtedly one of the most gifted musical talents to emerge during the American pop era, just before the "British invasion". Furthermore, he was also greatly admired by the next generation of musicians, including George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Neil Young. His songs generally depicted a dark world of doomed romance, amorous disenchantment, and existential darkness.

Paradoxically, these themes were often accompanied by melodies with surprisingly optimistic accents. The 12-CD set with 302 tracks (!) is a compendium of his entire career, from his early hits to his recordings with Andrew Loog Oldham in the mid-1960s, including his recordings with Tom Petty, Mike Campbell as well as Jeff Lynne and Dave Edmunds in the 70s and 80s. There's also all of his 'Nashville Sessions', most of them released for the first time, plus B-sides, demos and eight other unreleased tracks.

Also included are all UK hits, eight of which reached the top 10, including the No. 1 hit 'Runaway' as well as 'Hey! Little Girl' and 'The Swiss Maid' (both No. 2 hits) and 'Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun)'. Added to this are covers of two Lennon / McCartney songs ('From Me To You' and 'A World Without Love'). The 32-page booklet features archival photos as well as detailed liner notes by Alan Robinson. Full tracklisting on request.

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  • Interpret: Del Shannon

  • Album titlle: Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

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  • Label Edsel Records

  • EAN: 0740155733933

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Shannon, Del - Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD) CD 1
01 Misery Del Shannon
02 Daydreams Del Shannon
03 His latest flame Del Shannon
04 The prom Del Shannon
05 The search Del Shannon
06 Runaway Del Shannon
07 I wake up crying Del Shannon
08 Wide wide world Del Shannon
09 I'll always love you Del Shannon
10 Lies Del Shannon
11 He doesn't care Del Shannon
12 Jody Del Shannon
13 The swiss maid Del Shannon
14 Cry myself to sleep Del Shannon
15 Ginny in the mirror Del Shannon
16 You never talked about me Del Shannon
17 Don't gild the Lily, Lily Del Shannon
18 I won't be there Del Shannon
19 Hats off to larry Del Shannon
20 The answer to everything Del Shannon
21 Hey! little girl Del Shannon
22 I'm gonna move on Del Shannon
23 I don't care anymore Del Shannon
24 So long baby Del Shannon
Shannon, Del - Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD) CD 2
01 Two kinds of teardrops Del Shannon
02 Dream baby Del Shannon
03 Happiness Del Shannon
04 Two silhouettes Del Shannon
05 She thinks I still care Del Shannon
06 My wild one Del Shannon
07 Runaround sue Del Shannon
08 From me to you Del Shannon
09 Kelly Del Shannon
10 Hey baby Del Shannon
11 Go away little girl Del Shannon
12 Little town flirt Del Shannon
13 The wamboo Del Shannon
14 Sue's gotta be mine Del Shannon
15 Now she's gone Del Shannon
16 Memphis, Tennessee Del Shannon
17 That's the way love is Del Shannon
18 Ruby baby Del Shannon
19 I'll be lonely tomorrow Del Shannon
20 I can't fool around anymore Del Shannon
21 Handy man Del Shannon
22 Crying Del Shannon
23 Mary jane Del Shannon
24 A world without love Del Shannon
25 Sorry Del Shannon
26 Give her lots of lovin' Del Shannon
27 Twist and shout Del Shannon
28 Time of the day Del Shannon
29 Stains on my letter Del Shannon
30 Torture [version 1] Del Shannon
31 Nothin' Del Shannon
32 Froggy Del Shannon
33 Pursuit Del Shannon
Shannon, Del - Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD) CD 3
01 Your cheatin' heart Del Shannon
02 Kaw-liga Del Shannon
03 I can't help it Del Shannon
04 Honky tonk blues Del Shannon
05 Lonesome whistle Del Shannon
06 You win again Del Shannon
07 Ramblin' man Del Shannon
08 Hey good lookin' Del Shannon
09 Long gone lonesome blues Del Shannon
10 Weary blues from waitin' Del Shannon
11 I'm so lonesome I could cry Del Shannon
12 Cold, cold heart Del Shannon
13 Stranger in town Del Shannon
14 She cried Del Shannon
15 Needles and pins Del Shannon
16 Broken promises Del Shannon
17 Why don't you tell him Del Shannon
18 Do you wanna dance? Del Shannon
19 I go to pieces Del Shannon
20 I'm gonna be strong Del Shannon
21 Rag doll Del Shannon
22 Over you Del Shannon
23 Running scared Del Shannon
24 Keep searchin' (we'll follow the sun) Del Shannon
25 This is all I have to give Del Shannon
26 Break up Del Shannon
27 Move it on over Del Shannon
28 She still remembers tony Del Shannon
29 I can't believe my ears Del Shannon
30 I wish i wasn't me tonight Del Shannon
31 instrumental] Torture [version 2
Shannon, Del - Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD) CD 4
01 The big hurt Del Shannon
02 Kicks Del Shannon
03 For a little while Del Shannon
04 Lightnin' strikes Del Shannon
05 When you walk in the room Del Shannon
06 The cheater Del Shannon
07 Oh, pretty woman Del Shannon
08 Everybody loves a clown Del Shannon
09 Never thought I could [aka i got it bad] Del Shannon
10 It's too late Del Shannon
11 Hey! little star Del Shannon
12 Action Del Shannon
13 Under my thumb Del Shannon
14 Under my thumb Del Shannon
15 She was mine Del Shannon
16 Where were you when I needed you Del Shannon
17 The joker went wild Del Shannon
18 The pied piper Del Shannon
19 Sunny Del Shannon
20 Show me Del Shannon
21 Time won't let me Del Shannon
22 What makes you run Del Shannon
23 I can't be true Del Shannon
24 Summer in the city Del Shannon
Shannon, Del - Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD) CD 5
01 It's my feeling Del Shannon
02 Mind over matter Del Shannon
03 Silently Del Shannon
04 Cut and come again Del Shannon
05 My love has gone Del Shannon
06 Led along Del Shannon
07 Life is but nothing Del Shannon
08 Easy to say easy to do Del Shannon
09 Friendly with you Del Shannon
10 He cheated Del Shannon
11 Runaway '67 Del Shannon
12 She Del Shannon
13 Led along [single version] Del Shannon
14 Mind over matter [single version] Del Shannon
15 Runaway '67 [single version] Del Shannon
16 He cheated [single version] Del Shannon
17 The letter Del Shannon
18 Silently [single version] Del Shannon
19 Stand up Del Shannon
20 The house where nobody lives Del Shannon
21 Something to write home about Del Shannon
22 Never be the same Del Shannon
23 Deadly game Del Shannon
Shannon, Del - Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD) CD 6
01 Thinkin' it over Del Shannon
02 Be my friend Del Shannon
03 Silver birch Del Shannon
04 I think i love you Del Shannon
05 River cool Del Shannon
06 Colour flashing hair Del Shannon
07 Gemini Del Shannon
08 Runnin' on back Del Shannon
09 Conquer Del Shannon
10 Been so long Del Shannon
11 Magical music box Del Shannon
12 New orleans (mardi gras) Del Shannon
13 Leaving you behind Del Shannon
14 Raindrops Del Shannon
15 You don't love me Del Shannon
16 Comin' back to me Del Shannon
17 Sweet mary lou Del Shannon
18 Sister isabelle Del Shannon
19 Colorado rain Del Shannon
20 How can i tell you? Del Shannon
21 Southern part of town Del Shannon
22 She's got soul Del Shannon
23 Good love Del Shannon
24 Sun don't shine (drip drop) Del Shannon
25 Anita (i'm walking on fire) Del Shannon
26 Reason to believe Del Shannon
Shannon, Del - Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD) CD 7
01 Hats off to larry Del Shannon
02 Handy man Del Shannon
03 The swiss maid Del Shannon
04 Hey! little girl Del Shannon
05 Little town flirt Del Shannon
06 Kelly Del Shannon
07 Crying Del Shannon
08 Two kinds of teardrops Del Shannon
09 Coopersville yodel Del Shannon
10 The answer to everything Del Shannon
11 Keep searchin' (we'll follow the sun) Del Shannon
12 What's a matter baby? Del Shannon
13 So long baby Del Shannon
14 Runaway Del Shannon
15 What's a matter baby Del Shannon
16 Early in the morning Del Shannon
17 Oh, how happy Del Shannon
18 Something to believe in Del Shannon
19 Something to believe in Del Shannon
20 In my arms again [mono] Del Shannon
21 Tell her no Del Shannon
22 Restless Del Shannon
23 Cry baby cry Del Shannon
24 She even woke me up to say goodbye Del Shannon
25 4] Since i fell for you [demo with max crook 1973
26 4] Raylene [demo with max crook 1973
Shannon, Del - Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD) CD 8
01 Best days of my life Del Shannon
02 Love letters Del Shannon
03 Till i found you Del Shannon
04 Raylene Del Shannon
05 One track mind Del Shannon
06 Black is black Del Shannon
07 Oh, pretty woman Del Shannon
08 Another lonely night Del Shannon
09 Amanda Del Shannon
10 Love don't come easy Del Shannon
11 Today i ed loving you again Del Shannon
12 Sea of love Del Shannon
13 Life without you Del Shannon
14 Out of time Del Shannon
15 Sucker for your love Del Shannon
16 To love someone Del Shannon
17 Drop down and get me Del Shannon
18 Maybe tomorrow Del Shannon
19 Liar Del Shannon
20 Never stop tryin' Del Shannon
21 Midnight train Del Shannon
22 Cheap love Del Shannon
23 Distant ghost Del Shannon
24 Help me Del Shannon
Shannon, Del - Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD) CD 9
01 Stranger on the run Del Shannon
02 Stranger on the run Del Shannon
03 What are you going to do with that beautiful body of yours Del Shannon
04 In my arms again [new version] Del Shannon
05 She's always on my mind Del Shannon
06 Little by little Del Shannon
07 You can't forgive me Del Shannon
08 Nobody's business Del Shannon
09 Part time lover Del Shannon
10 Broken down angel Del Shannon
11 Miss you like i do Del Shannon
Shannon, Del - Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD) CD 10
01 Walk away Del Shannon
02 Who left who Del Shannon
03 Are you lovin' me too Del Shannon
04 Callin' out my name Del Shannon
05 I go to pieces Del Shannon
06 Lost in a memory Del Shannon
07 I got you Del Shannon
08 What kind of fool do you think i am? Del Shannon
09 When i had you Del Shannon
10 Let's dance Del Shannon
11 Hot love Del Shannon
12 One woman man Del Shannon
13 Nobody's business Del Shannon
14 You don't know what you've got (until you lose it) Del Shannon
15 Songwriter [demo] Del Shannon
16 unreleased song 1979] It's a lie [live
17 Runaway (crime story version) Del Shannon
Shannon, Del - Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD) CD 11
01 Little oscar Del Shannon
02 Living in misery Del Shannon
03 Angel of love Del Shannon
04 Could be, can't tell, don't know Del Shannon
05 What's the use (in trying) Del Shannon
06 This feeling called love Del Shannon
07 This is all i have to give Del Shannon
08 Happiness Del Shannon
09 She's your girl Del Shannon
10 One more time Del Shannon
11 Face of an angel Del Shannon
12 Johnny's got the blues Del Shannon
13 I fell in love with you Del Shannon
14 Condemned to die (version #1) Del Shannon
15 I guess i'll never really know Del Shannon
16 A girl of my own Del Shannon
17 Time marches on Del Shannon
18 Daydreams Del Shannon
19 Wishing on a star (counting stars at night) Del Shannon
20 Honey bee (version #1) Del Shannon
21 Lies Del Shannon
22 He doesn't care Del Shannon
23 The prom Del Shannon
24 Honey bee (version #2) Del Shannon
25 Condemned to die (version #2) Del Shannon
26 I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you Del Shannon
27 Runaway Del Shannon
28 Jody Del Shannon
29 One kiss Del Shannon
30 Pepsi commercial #1 Del Shannon
31 Pepsi commercial #2 Del Shannon
32 Pepsi commercial #3 Del Shannon
33 Pepsi commercial #4 Del Shannon
Shannon, Del - Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12-CD) CD 12
01 The things she said Del Shannon
02 I can't let you go Del Shannon
03 Just you Del Shannon
04 If she were my girl Del Shannon
05 For a little while Del Shannon
06 This feeling called love Del Shannon
07 It's funny Del Shannon
08 She Del Shannon
09 Where is she Del Shannon
10 I've got eyes for you Del Shannon
11 Did i see what i think i saw Del Shannon
12 Makin's of a heartache Del Shannon
13 I'm going through it too (table reserved for the blues) Del Shannon
14 Pardon me (i guess i'm in the way) Del Shannon
15 Pardon me Del Shannon
16 The jury Del Shannon
17 Deep in the valley Del Shannon
18 I never caught her name Del Shannon
19 Thunder and lightning Del Shannon
20 The wedding (there goes billy) Del Shannon
21 Rest your mind Del Shannon
22 Lorrayne Del Shannon
23 Wrong day, wrong way Del Shannon
24 Table reserved for the blues Del Shannon
25 Pardon me Del Shannon
26 Queen of the honky tonks Del Shannon
27 Flat no 3 [previously unreleased demo, 1963] Del Shannon
28 Take me back [previously unreleased demo] Del Shannon
29 Here comes that fool in love again [previously unreleased de Del Shannon
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"Del Shannon"

Del Shannon

Del Shannon whose real name is Charles Westover first let out a falsetto cry on December 30th 1939 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA where he spent all his younger years, taking up guitar and singing in his early teens, learning from his favourite Country and Western singers of the day Hank Williams and Lefty Frizell. After graduation from high school he entered the U.S. Seventh Army and was stationed in Germany for a short spell, where he gained plenty of experience on the army network's 'Get Up And Go' programme. On his discharge in 1959, Shannon returned to Michigan, and aside from working in a carpet store during the day, he began singing and playing guitar in local clubs. One of those was the Hi-Lo in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he was noticed by a black D.J. Ollie McLaughlin who was working at radio station WHRV in Ann Arbor. The young Charles Westover was introduced to Harry Balk and Irving Micahnik via some tapes McLaughlin had played them. The meeting resulted in a contract with Balk and Micahnik's Embee Productions and Talent Artists Management company in Detroit.

Del had cut some tapes in his keyboard players house, that of Max Crook who eventually co-wrote 'Runaway'. Songs like 'The Face Of An Angel', 'Little Oscar' and 'I'm Blue, I'm Blue, Without You' were recorded in Max's living room but were never released. Shannon retains the tapes to this day.

The first professional session yielded two songs that later appeared on the 'Runaway With Del Shannon' album in 1961; 'The Search' and 'I'll Always Love You', both Shannon compositions.

Then came 'Runaway'. This song was accidentally constructed one night at the Hi-Lo Club in Battle Creek when Crook hit upon a sequence of chords on his own invention the Musitron (a fore-runner to the synthesizer). The song was put together in about twenty minutes in front of the audience and the following day Shannon composed the lyrics at the carpet store along with the record's B-side 'Jody'. Balk and Micahnik recorded 'Runaway' and 'Jody' in New York along with two of Max Crook's instrumental compositions, one of which, 'The Snake', was actually put on the B-side to 'Runaway' by mistake on the singles first pressing; several thousand copies both in England and America were released and now remain extremely collectable.
'Runaway' was the first record to be released as 'Del Shannon' and in the USA it topped the charts in February 1961 on the Big Top label. The song then became a number one hit in England in June 1961 on London Records knocking Elvis from the top spot.

On the success of 'Runaway', Shannon played his first big concert in New York at the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, where he appeared with such names as Bobby Vee, Johnny Mathis, Dion and Clay Cole. He recalls having to sing 'Runaway' four or five times as he had no other hits to perform at that time. It wasn't long before he crushed the sceptics tag of 'one-hit-wonder' when he hit with his next release 'Hats Off To Larry' followed swiftly by 'So Long Baby', 'Hey! Little Girl' and then his first full scale flop in America 'Ginny In The Mirror', recorded as a part of a film deal for 'It's Trad Dad' in 1962 ('Ring-A-Ding-A-Rhythm' in the USA). 'Cry Myself To Sleep', said to he an inspiration for Elton John's 'Crocodile Rock', also didn't quite make the grade in 1962. The next records fared better though, especially on the English charts, where Shannon has always been a bigger recording star than in his native America.

By 1963 there were management problems: monies going in wrong directions and no in Shannon's pocket, royalties not being paid in full. The legal battle went on for two years initially, still not reaching a major settlement until the end of the 1970s. Shannon decided to form his own label Berlee, and break away from Balk and Micahnik; of the two singles issued on Berlee 'Sue's Gonna Be Mine' was the only hit.

Then for reasons Shannon still doesn't understand to this day, he again fell under the wing of Balk and Micahnik with his new recording deal with Amy Records (USA) Stateside (UK). The hits returned with a rocking version of Jimmy Jones' 'Handy Man' in 1964, 'Do You Wanna Dance', 1964 (five months ahead of the Beach Boys version) and the last big hit 'Keep Searchin'' in January 1965 which was followed by the similar 'Stranger In Town'.

Shannon even cut some sides for a Pepsi-Cola commercial 'Come Alive (You're in the land of Pepsi-Cola)' in 1965. By 1965 the music scene was essentially group orientated, Del Shannon and his contemporaries were slowly fading from chart success, the Merseybcat boom had arrived and hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Shannon's 'Little Town Flirt' released in America in December of 1962 is credited as an early influence on the 'Mersey' sound and his American hit 'From Me To You' in 1963 made him the first American recording artist to release a Lennon-McCartney song.

 At this point it is worth remembering that Shannon's hits were mainly self-composed and on occasions co-written with friends. One of his songs 'I Go To Pieces' was written for a friend back in Battle Creek, a black singer Lloyd Brown. Brown's demo was shopped around without success for several months until Shannon played it to Peter (Asher) & Gordon (Waller) in early 1965 while touring Australia; the duo asked to record the song and promptly made it one of their big hits during 1965, although not a top 50 hit in England. Shannon also recorded the song for his 1965 album '1661 Seconds With Del Shannon' and was coaxed to sing backing vocals on Nils Lofgren's 1981 version from his album 'Night Fades Away'. 'I Go To Pieces' has been recorded by many artists worldwide, Del's 'Runaway' has also notched up over two hundred versions, including one from Elvis Presley on his 1970 album 'On Stage' and an unreleased version made in 1982 by the Beach Boys that also features Del.

In 1971 Shannon also scored success with a song he had written 'I've Got Eyes For You' when featured on Country singers' Waylon Jennings album 'Cedartown Georgia'. In America Shannon managed two more minor hits 'Break Up' in 1965 and a cover of Toni Fishers 1959 hit 'The Big Hurt' in 1966. Still a big concert draw, he toured the world, England, America, Australia and the Philippines, where in 1967 he hit with a cover of the Box Tops 'The Letter'.
Free at last from his contract with Balk and Micahnik, he moved to Los Angeles with his wife and family and was signed to Liberty Records where he cut several potential hits to no chart success. One such song 'She' was smothered by the Monkees version released at the same time.

In 1967 Shannon recorded an albums' worth of material in London with Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham. Although the lyric of the songs stayed to true Shannon fashion, the backing was somewhat removed from that of ringing guitars and heavy treble echo; the demanding voice was still there but supported by a barrage of strings and horns, very much in Phil Spector style. The album to have been titled 'Home And Away' was not released in it's original form at all, it wasn't until 1978 when the tracks ap-peared on a United Artists compilation album 'And The Music Plays On' that the bulk of the songs were heard. However, half of the tracks were issued as singles during 1967/8, they included an updated version of 'Runaway', titled 'Runaway '67' using strings and horns in a much slower pace. It is not known why Liberty decided not to release the project at the time of completion; it had been an expensive venture that heralded such artists as P.P. Arnold, Madeline Bell, Paul Jones and Nicky Hopkins on backing. Shannon left Liberty Records in 1968, deciding to go out and do something he'd only touched on briefly once be-fore: produce other artists. He wrote and produced Lloyd Brown on his 'I Go To Pieces' song followed by little-known country singer Johnny Carver in 1966 with two songs 'One Way Or The Other'/ 'Think About Her All The Time'. He now felt it time to produce in a more serious level and the first assignment was to be an oldfriend from the early sixties Brian Hyland, who had hit with 'Sealed With A Kiss', 'Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny (Yellow Polka Dot Bikini)', 'Ginny Come Lately' and 'Warmed Over Kisses'. Hyland was seeking a new direction away from the blatant pop he had been singing.

Before the project could get underway, Shannon was impressed one night by a group he had seen in a club in the San Fernando Valley, California; Smith, who were led by singer Gayle McCormick. Shannon signed them on the spot to a contract for management and production and started work on getting them a label. He invited the record companies to watch the group play and after just three songs Steve Barri of ABC decided to sign the group, but only if Shannon would also record for ABC. Shannon agreed, and so again he was back on vinyl. Just seven months after his contract had ended with Liberty, the ABC-Dunhill label was next. Shannon recorded two singles 'Comin' Back To Me' and 'Sister Isabelle'. The trademark falsetto was perfectly intact, but without much airplay neither one did very much but remain two of the most collectable sides in Europe for Shannon fans. Smith were now well rehearsed and ready to record. After some trouble getting the studio time hooked, Shannon appeared to do the sessions only to find that the group had gone home to their families, using the advance funds paid to them. The end result was a dispute with the grouRand Shannon left the project after being somewhat disap-pointed by what had happened. Need-less to say, Steve Barn stepped in to save the project, producing the Smith album. But it was Shannon's arrange-ment of "Baby It's You that went to number five on the U.S. charts during 1969.

It was then time to go back to produce Brian Hyland, which proved to be a big success. In 1970, Hyland had his biggest hit since 'Sealed With A Kiss' in 1962. The song 'Gypsy Woman' hit the number 3 spot on the U.S. charts in 1970 and peaked at number 42 in England: the album 'Brian Hyland' also sold well for the UNI label.

Del Shannon had now proven himself as a producer and felt the time right to record again. In 1972 he started working with the Robb Brothers, once regulars on U.S. TV's 'Where The Action Is'. They owned Cherokee Studio's in California, just a few miles from Shannon's home, so it was convenient for Shannon to just travel down the road and spend time working with people who knew his style of music and understood how to produce him. The first result was a very strong version of Timi Yuro's 1962 hit 'What's A Matter Baby' for United Artists Records. It was released only in England and did reasonably well. In 1973, Shannon went to Nashville to cut two songs that only appeared in Australia until May 1983 when one track 'Distant Ghost' was used as B-side to his 'Cheap Love' for Demon Records. 'Oh How Happy' was the other title cut, formerly a hit in the U.S. in 1966 for 'Shades Of Blue'. The single was released in Australia on the
Interfusion label and to this day remains the most sought after record for Shannon collectors along with his Philippines hit of 1966 'The Letter'.

Shannon's first record release in America since 1969 was an album recorded 'Live' in Manchester, England in 1972 at the Princess Club; 'Del Shannon 'Live' In England' is a must for any Shannon fan. Del achieves fine reproductions of his studio hits live and even adds a yodelling number 'Coopersville Yodel' to his act. United Artists issued one single from the 'Live' package 'Kelly'/'Coopersville Yodel' in 1973 on the U.K. market only.

 Another name crept into Shannon's musical life in 1973, that of Jeff Lynne, one time member of the Idle Race and The Move and now lead singer/writer/ producer with the Electric Light Orchestra. Lynne is a big fan of Shannon's and so it seemed possible they would get together at some point and record. Shannon had always liked E.L.O's 'Do Ya' and so after they managed to get time together, they wrote some fine songs and put them down on tape in a studio: 'Alive But Dead', 'Deadly Game' and 'Cry Baby Cry'. The final touches were never made but one song found it's way onto record in the U.S. in 1975 'Cry Baby Cry', released on the Island Records label in a sizeable deal that allowed Shannon to do whatever he wanted. Despite good radio play the single failed to chart.
On one of his earlier touring visits to England, Shannon entered Rockfield Recording Studio's,a converted farm in Wales. A third single was recorded 'And The Music Plays On' co-written by an old friend Dan Bourgoise, who today has a foremost interest in the career of Del Shannon. With Dave Edmunds at the production helm drawing the very best from Shannon's ballad vocal style and featuring Nick Lowe on bass guitar, the song seemed almost set to make the charts in England. Despite good reviews and scattered airplay, the single, only released in England, did not chart.

Del Shannon was still touring England and Australia throughout the 1970s and playing State Fairs and oldies shows in America. He could easily retire from performing and rest on his investments in land and his interests in his own publishing companies. He recorded just two more singles in 1975 for the American and European (though not English) markets, a reworking of the Zombies' 'Tell Her No' backed by a Country song 'Restless' and the afore-mentioned "Cry Baby Cry" a Shannon-Lynne song, both for Island Records. To publicise his new records, he played some specially organised concerts in America featuring a seven piece backing hand, playing his sixties hits with precision and pushing the new songs.

The concerts were well received by the press but the records failed to make the charts once again and so the deal with Island was terminated and everything went quiet again, apart from regular trips to England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia and Europe. Del Shannon had become an established artist from the 1960s, yet, had alot more to offer than so many other sixties singers; he did after all write most of his own hits, which in some ways gave him more credibility. Some years of musical frustration took over his life and he personally fell into a decline of alcohol and pills. Managing to free himself from this slump in his life, he began writing new material again, shed some weight and set about rekindling his career. In 1979 he was found in the recording studio's again laying down test tapes of his new songs with American rock star Tom Petty and his band The Heartbreakers. By 1981 several new songs and some covers had been recorded using Petty's band, Shannon's falsetto lines still piercingly in place and the mingling of Shannon's and Petty's ringing, rockin' guitars seemed set to take a chart placing again. October 1981 and Del Shannon's first album for thirteen years was released in America.

'Drop Down And Get Me' on Network Records. Reviews were good and the album picked up alot of radio play. One song, 'Sea Of Love' originally a U.S. hit for Phil Phillips & The Twilights and covered by Marty Wilde in England in 1959, was released as a single and it climbed the U.S. charts to number 33 in January of 1982 and re-established the recording career of Del Shannon, this time becoming more recognised in his own country. During 1982 Shannon was kept very busy touring America for the first time in years on a bigger scale and then a six week tour of Australia confirmed his status as an innovator of the rock world.

In May 1983 Demon Records released Shannon's 'Drop Down And Get Me' album in England, a slightly different package from that of it's U.S. counterpart. As well as the cover change, one new song was added, 'Cheap Love', recorded after the Tom Petty sessions using Shannon's own American hand. This song was issued as Shannon's first English single release since 1974 and as well as writing it Shannon also produced it. Shannon's first U.K. tour since 1979 took place, performing to capacity audiences wherever he went. He has achieved a goal of re-establishing his carcer,and not only being remembered as the singer who sang "Runaway" et al: he won't have it called a 'comeback', as he says he's never been away.

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