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, 'Weary Blues From Waitin'' 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.
On 7 April 1972, The Big O cut the number that would become the opening song on his 'Memphis' album.
The Beatles US invasion slowly began following the release of 'Please Please Me' on Vee Jay Records on 25 February 1963 and the rest is history.
Freeman had his own hit with the song at 18 and saw it covered by everyone from the Beach Boys to John Lennon.
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, the fine, spirited 'Drop Down And Get Me,' entered the Billboard 200 on 12 December 1981.