|Rock & Roll Hall of Famer|
Inducted in: 1999
Inducted by: Art Alexakis
First Eligible: 1986 Ceremony
Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2018 (ranked #272) .
Del Shannon @ Wikipedia
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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 influential...at 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:
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 06.22.10 @ 11:14am
I also found this:
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:
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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