Rabbit Hole: Del Shannon

Down the Rabbit Hole with Del Shannon, the man who would have been the next Wilbury:

Pepsi GenerationDel Shannon and his falsetto commanding you to drink Pepsi Cola via the mid-sixties.

The Traveling Wilburys – “Runaway” Rumor had it that Jeff Lynne and the rest of his Wilbury brethern had designs to replace the late Roy Orbison with Del Shannon, and that this cover version of “Runaway,” with Jeff Lynne on vocals, was recorded in an effort to recruit Shannon.

Del Shannon Runaway ’67From the Andrew Loog Oldham sessions.  This orchestral remake of Del’s biggest hit could count future heavyweights Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones as two of the session musicians.

Tom Petty – “Runnin Down A Dream” – It was a beautiful day, the sun beat down / I had the radio on, I was drivin’ / Trees flew by, me and Del were singin’ little Runaway.

Eruption – “Runaway” – This Disco cover of “Runaway,” lives in its own universe, and yet stays surprisingly true to the original.