Freeman had his own hit with the song at 18 and saw it covered by everyone from the Beach Boys to John Lennon.
The haunting keyboard motif, the tortured vocal and the unforgettable falsetto combined for an early 1960s pop classic.
On April 7, 1972, the 'Big O' cut the number that would become the opening song on his 'Memphis' album.
The singer from Coopersville, Michigan was on a hot streak on the other side of the Atlantic in 1962.
The Beatles kicked off The British Invasion with a series of releases and TV appearances. This is the story of a whirlwind few months.
The best things come in small packages… and that goes for the greatest pop songs of all time too. Here are 50 incredible songs under three minutes.
Shannon's distinctive singing style, and especially his winning use of falsetto, would serve him well throughout a superior career.
If his US chart showings were disappointing in 1962, Del ended on a real upswing with 'Little Town Flirt.'
The album that Petty produced for Shannon entered the Billboard 200 on December 12, 1981.
After 'Runaway' and 'Hats Off To Larry,' the winter of 1961 brought Del a third UK hit with 'So Long Baby.'
A look into the many versions of the song written and first recorded by Bobby Freeman.
'Keep Searchin'' was Del's last big success at home, despite many fine subsequent singles.
Hank's posthumous country No.1 of 1953 got a soulful makeover from The Genius.
In 1962, the singer-writer from Coopersville, Michigan could do very little wrong in the UK, and proved it again with 'The Swiss Maid.'
The versatile hitmaker has always represented the best virtues of American pop music.