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1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Del Shannon

Del Shannon

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  • Year:
    1999
  • Inducted by:
    Art Alexakis
  • Category:
    Performers
Del Shannon

Hall of Fame Essay

1999

Michael Hill

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.  

"Runaway" left a really lasting, indelible impression on me

Art Alexakis

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