Australian singles charts:
Runaway first entered the Kent charts on 15 April 1961 and was a #1 hit. The song was #2 on the Top 100 of 1961. A re-recording of the song entered the Kent charts on 30 September 1967 and peaked at #14. The song was #92 on the Top 100 of 1967.
Del Shannon, Max Crook
1961 – Harry Balk
1967 – Andrew Loog Oldham
Record labels of Australian releases:
1961 – London
1967 – Liberty
Singer-guitarist Charles Westover and keyboard player Max Crook performed together as members of ‘Charlie Johnson and the Big Little Show Band’ before their group won a recording contract in 1960. Westover took the new stage name ‘Del Shannon’, and Crook, who had invented his own clavioline-based electric keyboard called a Musitron, became ‘Maximilian’.
Their manager Ollie McLaughlin persuaded them to rewrite and re-record an earlier song they had written, Little Runaway, to highlight Crook’s unique instrumental sound. In 1961 they recorded Runaway with several session musicians.
Del Shannon re-recorded Runaway in 1967.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runaway_(Del_Shannon_song)
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