Del Shannon’s Yuletide Flirtation

December 22, 2016
0 2079

Del Shannon had an amazing 1961, thanks to such landmark hits as 'Runaway' and 'Hats Off To Larry.' 1962 was pretty great for him internationally too, but if his chart showings back at home in the US were disappointing that year, he ended on a real upswing. Another of Del's classic Big Top singles, 'Little Town Flirt,' entered the Hot 100 just in time for the holidays, on 22 December.

Del ShannonWritten by the Michigan-born singer himself with Maron McKenzie, 'Little Town Flirt' was another great vehicle for Shannon's trademark falsetto. Indeed, the following year it would lend its title to his next album. “The lad's back with another solid sounding side,” enthused Billboard.

The single only entered the Billboard chart at No. 97, and given that his two previous releases ('Cry Myself To Sleep' and 'The Swiss Maid') had only reached Nos. 99 and 64 respectively, that offered no great cause for optimism. But this time it was different.

Del Shannon Billboard'Flirt' climbed to No. 81 and then, after crawling to No. 78, it took off. The song entered the top 40 towards the end of January 1963 and came to rest, in late February, at No. 12. By then, it was enjoying its peak week of No. 4 in the UK, where Shannon was a firm favourite. Furthermore, the single also reached No. 1 in Ireland and Australia, and was top ten in Canada and New Zealand.

Listen to ‘Little Town Flirt’ on Runaway: The Very Best of Del Shannon on Spotify

Download-Stream-Buy

Share this story

News
Artists
uDiscover Playlists
Videos
Stories
Music Quizzes
Competitions
uSort

Follow us on Twitter for the latest music news, stories, new uQuizzes, the best playlists and our legendary big prize music competitions!!

, , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *