The versatile hitmaker has always represented the best virtues of American pop music.
'Hats Off To Larry,' Del's brilliant follow-up to 'Runaway,' had us gripped from the very first lyric.
A trademark Hank Williams song was created on 30 August 1949, when Hank recorded ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ in Cincinnati, Ohio.
'Hey Good Lookin'' inspired more than one hundred cover versions, including one that soon bagged the pop chart honours.
He wrote the classic that's been covered hundreds of times, and made other fine records of his own.
Roy Orbison, Rick Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more covered Hank's 'You Win Again.'
Likely to have been recorded as a demo in 1951, the song was completed by Hank's group the Drifting Cowboys.
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More than two years after his first US and international hit singles, Shannon made the US LP bestsellers at last.
Del Shannon's most listened to tracks right now!
On 7 April 1972, Roy Orbison cut the opening song on his next album, with a full and strident version of Chuck Berry's immortal 'Memphis, Tennessee.'
One of the most cherished American hitmakers was born Charles Westover on 30 December 1934. We came to know him as Del Shannon.
Another classic Del Shannon single, 'Little Town Flirt,' entered the Hot 100 just in time for the holidays, on 22 December 1962.
In December 1981, Del Shannon made a warmly-received comeback with the help of a great admirer of his early work, none other than Tom Petty.
Nine years after 'Your Cheatin' Heart' became a posthumous country No. 1 for Hank Williams in 1953, it got a soulful makeover by Ray Charles.