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Del Shannon (1983)

Interview by Ellen Sander, Rock's Backpages audio, 27 October 1983

The 'Runaway' man on the trials and tribulations of being a still-creative musician on the "oldies" circuit; songwriting; working with Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Dave Edmunds; and his insecurities and struggle with alcohol.

File format: mp3; file size: 50.5mb, interview length: 55' 11" sound quality: ***

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Del Shannon: A year ago he was just a G.I.

Profile by June Harris, Disc, 27 May 1961

First time in the Twenty — DEL SHANNON ...

Mix-Ups and Mr. Shannon

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 10 March 1962

BY NOW, mix-ups seem to be an integral pact of DEL SHANNON'S recording career. ...

Dion And Buzz Have a Swinging Day in Britain

Interview by June Harris, Disc, 15 September 1962 the invitation of DISC! ...

Del Shannon Digs 'Nutty' Sounds

Interview by Ian Dove, Record Mirror, 22 September 1962


'I Can't Wait To Get Back' Says Del Talking About His British Tour

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, 23 February 1963

DEL SHANNON, fast becoming a contender for the "Mr. Consistency" department of pop, took time off from a session on his new L.P. to scatter ...

Del Loves England, But It Hurts His Pocket

Report and Interview by June Harris, Disc, 11 May 1963


Del And Roy Hope To Tour Here Again — But Together

Report and Interview by Jean Carol, Disc, 8 June 1963

ROY ORBISON and Del Shannon have formed a mutual admiration society! More than anything, these two American stars would love to make a British tour ...

Del Shannon: A Great Tour But Del's Happy To Be Home

Interview by June Harris, Disc, 22 June 1963

DEL SHANNON gulped down a bottle of coke, lit a cigar and leaned back in his leather upholstered chair. On his last night in England, ...

Del Shannon, Back in the Charts With 'Two Silhouettes', Says... I Won't Come to Britain Too Often

Report and Interview by June Harris, Disc, 31 August 1963

DEL SHANNON'S back in the charts with 'Two Silhouettes' — a number he chose while he was in Surrey on his last British trip! ...

Del Shannon on The British Scene

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, 12 October 1963


Del Shannon: 'My Success Changed My Friends'

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 23 January 1965

ONE OF THE chief attractions about Del Shannon is his own individual style of singing and guitar playing. So it'll come as a shock to ...

The Unseen Side of Del Shannon

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 13 February 1965

THE IMAGE of Del Shannon is probably one of the most one-sided in the business. The man who in the last four years has built ...

The Supremes, the Righteous Brothers, the Beau Brummels et al: Cow Palace, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Mike Gormley, The Ottawa Journal, 27 February 1965

Righteous Sound Shakes 'Frisco ...

Del Shannon, Herman's Hermits, Wayne Fontana, Twinkle: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, 6 March 1965


Chuck Berry, Del Shannon: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 25 February 1967

FREAK OUTS forget — it's rock riots yet! Those smashing days of the fifties are back, and for evidence see the pile of broken seats ...

The Return of the 'Runaway' Man: Del Shannon

Report by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, January 1974

COMEBACKS ARE becoming as common as oldies these days. When you think about it, rock & roll has been around some twenty years now, with ...

Del Shannon: Rock's Runaway Returns

Profile and Interview by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, April 1975

THEY'RE ALL COMING back. Sedaka, Anka and Vinton hit the top of the charts again, but you all know that story backwards and forwards. Almost ...

Fugitive Kind of Love: Del Shannon

Interview by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, June 1982

"THERE WAS A girl I thought was really in love with me. I mean, my heart would pound when she came around. She gave me ...

30 Years of Teardrops: from Del Shannon’s ‘Runaway’ to Tom Petty’s ‘Refugee’

Retrospective and Interview by Cynthia Rose, unpublished, 1983

THE SPACE inside our souls where real dreams arise is created by a particular breed of gambler: the emotional, sexually aware, desperately honest human who ...

Del Shannon: Pop Before the Beatles

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 10 February 1990

THE APPARENT suicide of Del Shannon at his home in California puts the final tragic twist to a story which began well with a string ...

Del Shannon 1939-1990

Obituary by Bill Holdship, L.A. Weekly, 22 February 1990

THE MOST tragic thing would be for Del Shannon to be lumped with, as he sometimes was in the past, all the Bobbys and Frankies ...

Del Shannon, 1934-1990

Obituary by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 22 March 1990

The pioneering rocker takes his own life after waging a losing battle with chronic depression ...

Buried Treasure: Del Shannon's Home And Away

Retrospective by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, February 2001

US pop singer hits London, meets Andrew Oldham, makes psych classic. ...

Del Shannon: Home And Away – The Complete Recordings 1960-1970

Review by Bob Stanley, MOJO, January 2005

Eight CDs tell the story of one of the '60s' most original rockers, a doomed romantic whose arrested adolescence made him a star but never ...

Bob Babbitt, 1937-2012

Obituary by Dave Laing, The Guardian, 18 July 2012

One of the last surviving members of the Funk Brothers, the backbone of Tamla Motown ...

Del Shannon on Tom Petty and Drop Down and Get Me

Retrospective by Stephen K. Peeples,, 8 January 2017

ROCK 'N' ROLL HALL of Fame member Del Shannon of 'Runaway', 'Hats Off to Larry' and 'Little Town Flirt' renown in the early '60s – ...

Endless Shannon

Memoir by Gary Pig Gold, Segarini, 16 February 2021

RELEASED PRECISELY Sixty (!) Years Ago This Very Month: One of the absolutely greatest Rock 'n' Roll recordings EVER. Now, fast forward a quarter century ...


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