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Del Shannon was born Charles Weedon Westover in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, on December 30, 1934. He became known world-wide as a singer, guitarist and songwriter during the 1960s. During the 1980s he turned to Country and Western and also worked with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, though the many troubles in his personal life led him to committing suicide with a .22 calibre rifle. Shannon was pronounced dead on February 8, 1990 in his home in Santa Clarita, California. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 (Performer).
Charles Weedon Westover (December 30, 1934 – February 8, 1990), better known by his stage name Del Shannon, was an American rock and roll country musician, singer and songwriter, best known for his 1961 number 1 Billboard hit "Runaway".