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Rock n Roll

Del Shannon wrote and recorded “Runaway” with keyboardist Max Crook. It’s a song about a broken relationship, as the singer wonders why she ran away from him. “Runaway” became a number one hit and a timeless rock and roll classic, going to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. The interesting keyboard  instrument used is Crook’s invention, which was called the Musitron, an early version of the synthesizer. The song was featured in the 1973 film American Graffiti.  There have been many covers of the song, including those by Elvis Presley and Bonnie Raitt). “Runaway”  is on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Del Shannon was born Charles Weedon Westover in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1934. As a child he played the ukulele and guitar, with an interest in country and western music. While in the U.S. Army (he was drafted in 1954), he played guitar in a band called The Cool Flames. In 1959, when signing with Big Top records, he changed his name to Del Shannon. Del Shannon had success as well with “Hats Off to Larry” and “Little Town Flirt” in 1961 and 1962, respectively.  His end is one of the sad stories of the entertainment business, in that he suffered from depression, and at the age of 55, he committed suicide at his home in California.

Here are the lyrics to "Runaway" by Del Shannon:

"As I walk along, I wonder
Oh, what went wrong with our love
A love that was so strong

And as I still walk on
I think of the things we've done together
Oh, while our hearts were young

I'm a-walking in the rain, tears are falling and I feel a pain
A wishing you were here by me to end this misery
And I wonder, I wa-wa-wa-wa-wonder

Why, why why why why why she ran away
And I wonder, oh where she will stay, yay
My little runaway, a-run-run-run-run-runaway

I'm a-walking in the rain, tears are falling and I feel a pain
A wishing you were here by me to end this misery
I wonder, I wa-wa-wa-wa-wonder

Why, why why why why why she ran away
And I wonder, oh where she will stay, yay
My little runaway, a-run-run-run-run-runaway
A-run-run-run-run-runaway, a-run-run-run-run-runaway"

If you are interested in other songs by Del Shannon: "Little Town Flirt" and "Hats Off to Larry."

For More Golden Oldies Music

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop music, rock and roll hits, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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The Rec Room has a featured song on the record player, 150+ songs in the juke box, and there are several Classic TV selections, as follows:

  1.  Make Room for Daddy, Season 2, Episode 1 titled “Family Troubles’ first aired September 28, 1954. As always, Danny Williams a successful nightclub singer, tries to balance his home and work wife. The show stars Danny Thomas, Jean Hagen, Sherry Jackson, Rusty Hamer, Louise Beavers, and Jesse White.The show was sponsored by Pall Mall cigarettes and Dodge. Commercials included. Running time: 29:30.
  2.  Clip from The Jack Paar Show from September 31, 1960. The show stars Jack Paar as host, of course. The guests are Charley Weaver, Hermione Gingold, and Shelley Berman. Running time 19:46.
  3. Mickey Mouse appears in Walt Disney’s animated short “Haunted House.” This was made in 1929. Cartoons and short films from earlier decades were often shown on TV in the 1950s, particularly in programming for children. Running time: 6:47.
  4.  Vintage (circa 1952) commercial for Wonder Breads. “Help Build Strong Bodies 8 Ways.” Running time: 1:00.

The Daily Doo Wop is a time machine to the first era of rock and roll. This starts around 1952 with the Eisenhower administration and goes until those longhaired Brits The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in February, 1964, and the music began to change. During this time of the 1950s and early 1960s, doo wop music, with its beautiful vocal harmonies, lyrics about love, and a host of nonsense syllables thrown in, was a signature sound. It was an exciting period in popular music as so many strands of music were woven together. There was doo wop, rhythm and blues, barbershop music, pop, country, rock and roll, rockabilly, and plenty in-between. Radio stations were not hung up about musical genres. They played all kinds of music. The mantra was, “If it’s a hit, it plays.” The Daily Doo Wop goes beyond playing doo wop music, because that reflects the era.

The Daily Doo Wop blog has more than 250 posts with information about the great golden oldies music from this time, classic TV shows from what was called “the golden age of television,” pop culture (from TV tray tables to lava lamps), history (remember the race to space?), recipes (gotta love those casseroles and cakes), and more.

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll. After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 100+ selections there. The Rec Room also has a TV set. There are several selections, which are updated twice a week. You’ll find vintage TV series, game shows, cartoons and shorts, children’s programming, and commercials. They’re not called classic TV shows for nothing!

Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday, and the juke box is full of song requests of 1950s music and sixties music. Requests come mostly from those who see us on Facebook. There’s lots of fun on The Daily Doo Wop Facebook page every day.

There is also a Daily Doo Wop Youtube channel, to which you can subscribe. The Daily Doo Wop music channel has music videos from favorite doo wop groups, rock and roll hits, and more golden oldies music.

Music is one of the best ways to remember the past. It’s not always the lyrics to the song or the antics on a sitcom that are important. It’s that it makes you smile and you remember who you were with. It might be a grandmother who is no longer here or a brother, sister, friend. Maybe you heard a song at a dance or were in a car when you had your first kiss.