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Del Shannon

Induction category: Performer


Inductee: Del Shannon (vocals, guitar; born December 30, 1934; died February 8, 1990) Del Shannon is a key figure in rock and roll’s transition from the Fifties to Sixties, serving as something of a link between Elvis Presley and the Beatles. He was among the relatively few self-reliant rock and rollers of the Teen Idol era. He wrote his own material, played guitar and sang, and did not project a manufactured image. Shannon turned out a solid run of hits during the first half of the Sixties, including one bonafide classic ("Runaway") and seven more Top 40 singles. He also ...

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