Not many people my age have heard of Del Shannon. However, they have heard his song, Runaway and then say, "Ohhh! Yeah I know that song." To me, I loved him and still do, always will. His music was a staple of my childhood and he was so much more than just Runaway. There is Hats Off to Larry, which is one hell of anthem for those of us who watched our exes get dumped. His cover of Roy Orbison's Crying chokes me up every time. He is seriously one of the most underrated musicians and I'm here to tell you a little about him and enlighten all of us young folk.
I was a child of the 80s and my dad would only allow me to listen to oldies. While my friends were into Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston, I was busy jamming out to Del Shannon, Buddy Holly, and Elvis Presley just to name a few. Del was my favorite. My number one. My go-to guy for some great music - man, could he rock out. His gravely rock voice contrasted with those high pitches he hit on the perfect notes. He blew me away with his catchy tunes. My gosh, I absolutely adored him even though he was old enough to be my grandfather.
As I grew up I began to listen to more modern music (I had a lot of catching up to do!), but my adoration for Del has never wavered. When he tragically died in 1990, it crushed me. His songs were a staple of my childhood. Now that I'm older, I wonder what great music he would have created that we never got to hear since he left this earth.
I have turned my 11-year old daughter on to his music and she absolutely adores him. We have watched countless videos of him together; she actually loves watching his live performances from when he was older because she likes his deeper voice. The man could still rock it and hit those notes without fail. What I wouldn't give to have been able to have seen him perform live.
I had a dream about him last week - I can't remember what it was about, but he was there. The next day I decided to look up some videos to watch and realized that it was the 26th anniversary of his death that day. Talk about weird! It was then that the idea for my new book, My Soul Was Once Yours hit me. I just picture him as the rock star in the book - a classic, legendary singer whose music will live on as long as we tell each generation about him. I've done my job by enlightening my Millennial daughter to his music.
WATCH THE VIDEO I MADE BELOW! It's set to his song, Move It On Over and includes his various performances over the decades!