In praise of Del Shannon

A driving guitar. An other-worldly keyboard solo. A powerful, ballsy voice, breaking into a piercing falsetto. An eternal, lost love lyric. “Runaway” It’s one of the most recognisable rock ‘n’ roll songs on the planet, a golden oldie that no golden oldie show could ever be complete without. Emerging three years ahead of the British Invasion, Del Shannon has been (unfairly) miscast by history as a fifties throwback.

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