Charles Westover, 30 December 1934, Coopersville, Michigan, USA, d. 8 February 1990, Santa Clarita, California, USA. From the plethora of clean, American, post doo-wop male vocalists to find enormous success in the early 60s, only a small handful retained musical credibility. Shannon was undoubtedly from this pedigree. More than 40 years after his chart debut, Shannons work is still regularly played.
Shannons early musical interests took him under the country influence of the legendary Hank Williams. His first record release, however, was pure gutsy pop; the infectious melody was written by accident while rehearsing in the local Hi-Lo club with keyboard player Max Crook (Maximillian). The song was Runaway, a spectacular debut that reached the top of the charts in the USA and UK in 1961, and was subsequently recorded by dozens of admiring artists. The single, with its shrill sounding Musitron (an instrument created by...