Del Shannon was born Charles Weedon Westover in Grand Rapids, Michigan on December 30, 1934. The son of Bert and Leone, Westover grew up in nearby Coopersville, a small farming town. Taught to play the ukulele by his mother as a child, young Charles soon flowered into guitar picking at 14 years of age.
The song Runaway, was a number one hit in 1961 in both the US and the UK.
featured in the following television shows:
Beverly Hills 90210: Episodes: Mexican Stand Off,
Sweating It Out,
Laverne & Shirley (Episode: Diner)
CHiPs (The old 70s TV show with Erik Estrada)
WKRP In Cincinnati (starring Howard Hessman):
Filthy Pictures Episode,
Benny Hill Show (Episode 28),
South Of Sunset: Dream Girl
Runaway is featured in the following movies:
Good Will Hunting (Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams),
Christine (Bonnie Raitt's version),
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story,
Kids Of Degrassi Street,
Running Scared (Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal),
That ll Be The Day,
Catch Me If You Can,
Children Of The Corn,
Born On The Fourth of July (Tom Cruise),
Roseaux Sauvages (French Film)
Runaway was also used as the theme to
Crime Story, the hit U.S. television
series from '86 to '88.
Added: 15th October 2007
Posted By: Tony
Henry Fonda as a psychopathic bad guy.. No way, you say?... "Once Upon a Time in the West" was Sergio Leone's greatest Western, although Clint Eastwood's three films remain among my favorites. Leone had hoped to have Eastwood in this film as "Harmonica", but they were unable to work things out. As it is, I think having Charles Bronson in the role was more effective. It was central to Eastwood's persona in those three films that he be both a man with no name and with no past, but Bronson's character of Harmonica was entirely driven by the past and his need for revenge. He was brilliant, and his tiny, piercing blue eyes lent an eerie intensity to many of his screen moments. The casting of the equally blue-eyed Henry Fonda as a sadistic villain was a stroke of genius, and he managed to produce one of his most memorable roles. This was an incredible movie, and by far, one of the most thoughtful, unique Westerns ever made. The ending is the finest of his many westerns, as well as one of the most surprising. It easily goes on any list of the greatest westerns in the history of film.
Added: 28th December 2007
Posted By: Naomi