Del Shannon

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1999

Inducted by: Art Alexakis

Nominated in: 1986   1987   1988   1989   1990   1998   1999

First Eligible: 1986 Ceremony

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2018 (ranked #272) .

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Runaway (1961)

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11 comments so far (post your own)

Maybe an easier way to establish any sort of half-baked criteria is to look at artists who are questionable inductees. Shannon had one major hit, a couple of minor ones, wasn't all that innovative or least from my point of view. But, here he is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I'd be curious to get some feedback...!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 08.12.09 @ 18:51pm

Maybe he influenced Kurt Cobain by blowing his brains out with a shotgun 4 years before Kurt did the same.

Posted by joker on Wednesday, 08.12.09 @ 20:33pm

Dudester...I'd be interested to get your feedback on this topic....

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 08.12.09 @ 21:11pm

Well I myself am not the biggest Del Shannon fan, but he has some influence. Mark Knopler cites him as a major influence and Tom Petty was a huge fan as too.

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 08.13.09 @ 12:21pm

I have heard He was a big influence on Lennon/ Mc Carty ,Who ,Dick Dale, Surfaris, Beach Boys and U2...Gee thats a lot !

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 08.13.09 @ 14:22pm

I'm not sure were mrxyz found that Dick Dale, the Surfaris or the Beach Boys were influenced by Del Shannon but Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, The Smiths and Elton John (which surprised me a bit) have all cited Del Shannon as an influence, I'm not sure about the Lennon/McCartney thing, however I did find this from a website:

"Del Shannon was one of the few artists to bridge the gap between the early days of rock and roll and the newer styles ushered in by the Beatles and the British Invasion. In fact, Shannon has the distinction of being the first artist to chart in the United States with a Beatles’ song. Del had toured with the group in England and released a cover of Lennon and McCartney’s “From Me To You” in June of 1963. Little did Del Shannon know that in just six months the Beatles would start a new music revolution in America." (Maybe this is were mrxyz got his info from?)

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 06.22.10 @ 11:14am

I also found this:

"Del Shannon
Contributions to music:

An American rocker who musically anticipated the British Invasion
Created a deathless and utterly unique rock classic with "Runaway"
Helped introduce primitive early synthisizers into rock
The first American artist to cover a Beatles tune
A "teen idol" singer-songwriter who crafted songs with unusally adult themes
Possessed one of rock music's most eerily compelling falsettos
One of the early Sixties' finest American guitarists
An excellent rock producer in his own right"

I hope mrxyz can clarify the U2 thing, because I would really like to know out of curiosity were he found them citing Del Shannon as an influence

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 06.22.10 @ 11:20am

Oh and I also found out Bonnie Raitt has cited him as an influence

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 03:07am

Turns out mrxyz was right about him influencing The Beatles, here's an excerpt from his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame biography:

"Del Shannon is a key figure in rock and roll’s transition from the Fifties to Sixties, serving as something of a link between Elvis and the Beatles. He was among the relatively few self-reliant rock and rollers of the Teen Idol era. He wrote his own material, played guitar and sang, and did not project a manufactured image. Shannon turned out a solid run of hits during the first half of the Sixties, including one bonafide classic ("Runaway") and seven more Top Forty singles. He also gave and received influence from the up-and-coming bands of the British Invasion, including the Beatles."

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 03:11am

If you were lucky enough to see Del live like I have, you would know when he pluged in it pure rock and roll. He belongs in.

Posted by Joe Fuller on Thursday, 09.23.10 @ 19:30pm

He was an original and his Classics Runaway and Keep Searching are perfect examples of Rock & Roll! I don't care what the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame says belongs in their Hall of Fame! They have already lost their creditability in my book!I remember when some people were voting on the best male vocalist of the 20th century, they picked Sinatra over Elvis! Comparing apples to oranges! The Philadelphia Hall Of Fame can burn to the ground for all I care! I will just get my 45's out of Runaway, Keep Searching, and other hits of Del Shannon and listen his rockabilly magic all over again, like I did back then! RIP Del Shannon!

Posted by Wolfman Jack! on Thursday, 01.6.11 @ 02:36am

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