The characters that populated Del Shannon’s songs often could be found, to paraphrase a fellow inductee, in the darkness on the edge of town.
His haunted heroes were always either leaving or being left behind, in pursuit or being pursued. For Shannon, there were no happy endings, even though his protagonists already had the girl-in fact, that’s usually where the trouble started.
“Love’s a deadly game,” he sang in one of his later tunes. But if the subject matter was dark, the music was some of the most uplifting rockin’ around.
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