April 13, 2009 – 4:11 am

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At The Bottom Line [no label, 1CD]

Live at The Bottom Line, New York, Feb 19, 1982. A WNEW-FM broadcast.

Del Shannon is best remembered for two hits, Runaway and Hats Off To Larry. He then had a top 20 hit with Little Town Flirt in 1962, just a year after his first two big hits. His career then languished. Even being the first American to cover a Beatles tune, From Me To You, did not kickstart his career.

A change in management and record labels offered little change. He had another hit in 1965 with Keep Searchin’. Shannon then decided to try his hand at producing. In 1970, he had a hit producing Brian Hyland’s Gypsy Woman.

During the ’70s, Shannon went back to recording and performing and impressed his English peers while on tour in the UK. Dave Edmunds produced a single for him. The rock press wrote favorably. Johnny Marr of The Smiths said his playing was influenced by Shannon’s style. In 1980, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers backed him on his album, Drop Down And Get Me, also produced by Petty.

To promote this album, Shannon played a gig at The Bottom Line in New York. This show is from that concert. A New York Times review was respectful but not glowing. Stephen Holden called it “competent but mundane country-rock”. Shannon offers some insight when he covers the Stones’ Out Of Time. He closes this retro-show with The Beatles’ From Me To You. When the show ended it was past 2 a.m.

This late in pop culture, it will come as no surprise if we are at the cul-de-sac of pop music. Energetic cover versions, wildly different cover versions or rip-offs are part of a new band’s repertoire. Identifying with success has equal prominence with originality. Shannon’s career caromed from one end to the other in search of fame and fortune. If only he could see in himself what others saw.

His biggest fans remain his peers. Del Shannon committed suicide in 1990 with a gunshot to the head. The Travelling Wilburys honored Shannon by recording their version of his biggest hit, Runaway. Individually, they had all been recording with Shannon on what became his final album, Rock On.
- The Little Chicken

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Track 01. DJ intro
Track 02. intro > What Kind Of Fool?
Track 03. Hats Off To Larry
Track 04. Handy Man
Track 05. Life Without You
Track 06. Out Of Time
Track 07. Sucker For Your Love
Track 08. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
Track 09. Stranger In Town
Track 10. Go To Pieces
Track 11. Little Town Flirt
Track 12. I’m Feeling Blue
Track 13. Searchin’
Track 14. To Love Someone
Track 15. Sea Of Love
Track 16. Drop Down And Get Me
Track 17. band intros > Del raps
Track 18. Runaway
Track 19. DJ talk
Track 20. Move It On Over
Track 21. Do You Want To Dance?
Track 22. DJ talk
Track 23. From Me To You > DJ talk

Total time: 71:16 m

Del Shannon - rhythm guitar, vocals
Steve Huffstetter - lead guitar
Jude Cole - bass guitar, background vocals
Gary Johnson - organ, background vocals
Ron Perella - drums

The last time Del Shannon recorded was for Rock On, an all-star effort with Jeff Lynne producing. It was released after his death. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 15 Responses to “DEL SHANNON - BOTTOM LINE 1982”

  2. Excellent! A true matador amongst musical children.

    By Timmy on Apr 15, 2009

  3. I caught Del Shannon live at a political campaign kickoff my brother-in-law put together (couldn’t get behind the candidate - a Republican) so it was a freebie. He was as always great. We got down to a mirror a bit later, and then swapped rock’n'roll stories - and he had plenty!

    This was in 1976 and the tickets weren’t selling - kinda pricey at that time at $15, and not your typical Republican crowd pleaser, so I wound up with a lot of tickets to hand out for free to anybody I could get on the phone.

    Those were the days, my friend; we thought they’d never end…unfortunately, Del’s battle with depression did end, and he lost.

    By O.B. Dan on Apr 15, 2009

  4. I remember listening to this show over WNEW; at the time I couldn’t believe how excellent they sounded.

    I’ll have to download to see if it is as good as I remember it to have been.

    By Greg SC on Apr 16, 2009

  5. I’m listening to this show right now. It occurs to me that “To Love Someone” kicks off like it’s a Neil Young song.

    By O.B. Dan on Apr 16, 2009

  6. Yes it’s on the tip of my tongue but I just can’t quite make out which song. Harvest album, I think.

    By Admin on Apr 16, 2009

  7. yes this was the show,

    I really like the Hank Williams Jr. Long Gone Lonesome Blues, Drop down and Get me, and Sucker for your love.

    Ah! the whole thing is great!

    By Greg SC on Apr 17, 2009

  8. Track 2 is MIDNIGHT TRAIN, not What Kind of Fool

    Track 10 is I GO TO PIECES, not Go To Pieces

    Track 12 is BLACK IS BLACK, not I’m Feelling Blue

    Track 13 is KEEP SEARCHIN’, not Searchin’

    Track 21 is DO YOU WANNA DANCE, not Do You Want To Dance

    By searnav on Apr 19, 2009

  9. To searnav

    Thanks very much for your feedback.


    By bigozine2 on Apr 20, 2009

  10. Flat out - this is Del Shannon’s best live show! It tops “Live In England” and his 1989 Australian concert.

    By Brian Young on Dec 11, 2009

  11. Great show! Thanks, I have always loved Del. Here I got to hear live versions of some of his last work. Depression cost us the loss of Del and more recently Woolly Wolstenholme. Sometimes it’s just hard to understand.

    Who knows what his legacy might have been, beyond what it is.

    By Frank on Jan 22, 2011

  12. Who’s the duetee on ‘Out of time’? Almost sounds like Tom Petty (sure it’s not, though …)

    Your really good notes on Del are a tad Americo-centric - he was much more popular in the UK, where he consistently top-tenned through to 1963, and could always draw a decent crowd..

    What a great talent to lose …

    By Bill Krouwel on Dec 8, 2011

  13. 1965 his last top ten in the UK, “Keep Searchin” “Stranger in Town” got to 30 I think.Got to see him in Bolton in the early 70’s, He brought the house down!and again at Batley.Amazing voice,amazing talent,Rock on Del.

    By Tell on Dec 23, 2011

  14. Thanks “Little Chicken” for the notes. I wish to add something about the period around 1965: he went to Britain to record a LP for the Immediate label which, unfortunately, was not issued but is today available on CD. That may explain why he sings “OUT OF TIME”, a Rolling Stones classic but, before, a Chris Farlowe hit on the Immediate label

    By Daniel LESUEUR on Nov 25, 2013

  15. Del Shannon was always a big deal here in Battle Creek Michigan. I live just 10 minutes from where the Hi-Lo Club used to be. Del Wrote “Runaway” in the middle of a show there
    one night. Would have loved to have seen that!
    Rock on Del.

    By Ernie Clark on Nov 25, 2013

  16. Dear BigO,
    Maybe is possible to loaded Del Shannon’s tracks
    with BOTTOM LINE 1982. I’am with Del’s songs over
    50 years and still finding something special in this
    hard times. Fondly Joe from Poland

    By Joe Szustak on Dec 16, 2017

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