This episode celebrates a legendary performer, composer, and producer whose signature song, "Runaway," has been an enduring element of pop culture for more than 50 years. And many people identify him and his entire career with just that one hit. But this entertainer had many other distinctive dimensions.
He was the first U.S. artist to have a hit with a Beatles tune.
He discovered Bob Seger and wrote and produced his first record.
He originated songs that later would be mega hits for Elvis Presley and Peter & Gordon.
And he had special connections with Dion, the Rolling Stones, the Monkees, country star Johnny Carver, the Smithereens, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Jeff Lynne & The Electric Light Orchestra, among many others.
He was Del Shannon. And you’re about to hear every one of his hit singles along with his charted productions for other artists and lots of other related sound souvenirs.