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Billboard #1 Hits: #49: “Runaway”- Del Shannon. April 24, 1961- #1 for 4 weeks. Released on Bigtop Records. Written by Del Shannon and Max Crook. Genre: Rock and Roll. Time:2:20. B-side:”Jody.” Grade: A+

Del Shannon born Charles Westover in Coopersville, Michigan in 1934- was one of the bright spots in early 60’s rock and roll- “Runaway” was his first Hot 100 single and it went all the way to #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and on the UK Singles chart.. He would have 17 Hot 100 hits in his career from 1961-81 with 9 making the Top 40. Rolling Stone Magazine placed “Runaway” at #472 on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list.

7 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: # 49: “RUNAWAY”- DEL SHANNON- APRIL 24, 1961

    • It’s turned more into a big car show over the years. Coopersville is a dinky little town. It got somewhat bigger when a GM plant was built there, but GM left and now there’s a big dairy production plant in its place. Still, the main street is only a block long.

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