del shannon

The classic song "Runaway" was a No. 1 hit for Del Shannon in 1961 and ranks as No. 472 on Rolling Stone's list of "500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Being open and respectful to music's past can be a huge advantage and even help you to be creative in the present.

Inspiration hits at the strangest time. I had a whiz-bang of a column typed up for this month, but while recently waiting in line at a local burrito joint just south of Nashville, my blood started stirring when I overheard three young musicians talking about the song playing over the stereo.

The song was a remake of Del Shannon's “Runaway" and was pretty true to the original. The three hip kids behind me, looking fresh from a recording session (in Nashville you just know), started in contemptuously during the track's solo. “What song is this? Is this from the '80s? Someone Shazam it. No I can't find it, either."

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