Jackie DeShannon
American singer-songwriter
Jackie DeShannon
Jackie DeShannon is an American singer-songwriter with a string of hit song credits from the 1960s onwards. She was one of the first female singer-songwriters of the rock 'n' roll period. DeShannon currently is an entertainment broadcast correspondent reporting historical anecdotes and current Beatles band members' news for Breakfast with the Beatles on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on the weekends.
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Love Me Tender, Love Me True
Huffington Post - 9 months
Among the many hits written by lyricist Hal David and composer Burt Bacharach, one song had a curious history. When the songwriting team showed it to Dionne Warwick (a frequent collaborator), she initially turned it down. In 1965, the song was first released by Jackie DeShannon. After The Supremes recorded it in 1968, it became a major hit. Its message was pure and simple: "What the world needs now is love, sweet love It's the only thing that there's just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love No, not just for some, but for everyone." As one monitors current events, Hal David's lyrics become more and more timely. From the political violence being stirred up by demagogues in a Presidential election year to the terrorist bombings in Europe and Africa; from the desperate plight of Syrian refugees to the bitter hatred driving North Carolina's odious Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act and Mississippi's vicious Religious Freedom Restoration Act, i ...
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Richard (RJ) Eskow: Less Than Zero: Rep. Mary Bono Mack Hurts Middle Class, Uses 'Toilet' Slur Against Her Own District
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Wealthy Republican incumbent Mary Bono Mack is locked in a tight and bitter Congressional race against a progressive Democrat with an inspiring story. While her campaign focuses on red-baiting her opponent (yes, they still do that in 2012) a new nonpartisan analysis shows that Mack scores "zero" on voting for the interests of the middle class. Actually, make that less than zero. Mack has actively worked to undermine middle-class interests, including those of her own constituents, many of whom are struggling underwater homeowners. She's also displayed withering contempt for some residents of her own district, whose neighborhoods she laughingly agreed was a "third world toilet." There's something particularly distasteful about seeing someone who earned her Congressional seat the "old-fashioned way" -- that is, through nepotism, cronyism and big-money politics -- describe the homes of her own constituents that way. What's truly "third world" about Mary Bono Mack's di ...
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'Raindrops' Lyricist Hal David Dies at 91
Agoura Hills - over 4 years
Hal David, the lyricist of such songs as "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" and "Close to You" with his longtime songwriting partner Burt Bacharach, died Saturday from complications of a stroke, according to a spokesman for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He was 91.      David suffered a stroke in March, and was stricken again Tuesday, his wife Eunice told reporters. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "Even at the end, Hal always had a song in his head," she said. "He was always writing notes, or asking me to take a note down."   The prolific songwriting duo won numerous awards including an Academy Award for best original song in 1970 for "'Raindrops" from the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and a Grammy Award for the cast album of the 1969 Broadway play "Promises, Promises." In May, David and Bacharach received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. David was unable to a ...
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Mike Ragogna: Soul & Inspiration: A Conversation With Songwriters Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Plus Milan's Calibro 35
Huffington Post - over 4 years
photo by Mike Ragogna A Conversation With Songwriters Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil Mike Ragogna: Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, thank you so much for the interview. You are my favorite songwriters on the planet. There I said it. Cynthia Weil: Thank you! MR: You're very, very welcome. And though I am a big fan of Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell, when it comes to classic pop songwriting, especially during The Brill Building era, you guys have been important to me, and I thank you for all your great works. Barry Mann: Well that's great to hear! I'm honored. CW: Try living with him now. (laughs) BM: You know, the only thing is it's kind of like a backhanded compliment almost, to be categorized as the Brill Building writers. We continued writing songs after The Brill Building, but I guess people have to kind of give you a label of some sort, you know what I mean? MR: Sure, but you know what? It's almost like you would say, "Why, it's Academy Award-winning Clint Eastwood." ...
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Music Review: The Searchers - Hearts In Their Eyes [4 CD Box Set]
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Music Review: The Searchers - Hearts In Their Eyes [4 CD Box Set] Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 01:12 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012 Songs such as "Sweets For My Sweet" (The Drifters), "Needles & Pins" (Jackie DeShannon), "Don't Throw Your Love Away" (Orlons), "Love Potion Number Nine" (Clovers), and others became far different than the originals in the hands of The Searchers. There are eight early live performances recorded at the Iron Door Club and the legendary Star Club during 1963. Cover songs such as "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Let's Stomp," "Sweets For My Sweet," and "Hey Joe" catch them in their formative stages as they were learning their craft. "Have You Ever Loved Somebody," "Desdemona," "Sugar and Spice," "When You Walk in the Room," "Love Potion No. 9," "Needles & Pins," "Don't ...
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What the World Needs Now - American Thinker
Google News - over 5 years
I'll end here with a few lines from one of the most beautiful songs of all time, from Jackie DeShannon in 1965. It was hugely popular back in the day. These words are desperately needed during these strident times
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Ry Cooder Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch) - Herald.ie
Google News - over 5 years
He'd played with Taj Mahal, Captain Beefheart, Jackie DeShannon and Little Feat. He'd learned his guitar trade from revered rural bluesmen. Rock's consummate session man, he had the chops, an effortless mastery of styles and he played with feeling
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Covers album helped Puddle Of Mudd rediscover creative spark - Corpus Christi Caller Times
Google News - over 5 years
Jackie DeShannon will release a new CD, "When You Walk Into The Room," on Sept. 27. It features newly recorded versions of songs from her catalog, including her 1969 hit, "Put a Little Love in Your Heart." Pianists Chick Corea and Stefano Ballani will
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Fighting world's evil ways with compassion, love, lots of music - San Antonio Express
Google News - over 5 years
Grammy-winning superstar and Latin rock pioneer Carlos Santana embodies that sentiment written by lyricist Hal David, set to music by Burt Bacharach and made into a hit by Jackie DeShannon in 1965. Santana's gig at AT&T Center on Sunday — the 10-year
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Idols Erin and Dene go - The New Age Online
Google News - over 5 years
It seems Fourie's choice of “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” by Jackie DeShannon and Vorster's choice of the Jackie Wilson standard, “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” was not enough and Randall Abrahams told both ladies they still had
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What the world needs now… - Power Line (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
…is Jackie DeShannon, who celebrates her birthday today. She is of course the artist who in 1965 brought the quintessential Hal David-Burt Bacharach composition “What the World Needs Now” to life with Bacharach's inspired arrangement/production
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Today In Entertainment History August 19 - WFMY News 2
Google News - over 5 years
Other acts on the bill included the Righteous Brothers and Jackie DeShannon. In 1967, "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles hit number one on the pop charts. That same day, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen had another child,
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Celeb Birthdays for the Week of Aug. 21-27 - ABC News
Google News - over 5 years
Singer Jackie DeShannon is 70. Actress Patty McCormack is 66. Pop singer-musician Carl Giammarese is 64. Actress Loretta Devine is 62. NBC newsman Harry Smith is 60. Singer Glenn Hughes is 59. Country musician Nick Kane is 57
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STEVE SMITH: Classic rock, pop and country - Long Beach Press-Telegram
Google News - over 5 years
JACKIE DESHANNON RECORDS CD One of the most successful singer-songwriters of the rock and roll era, Jackie DeShannon, has rerecorded a batch of her biggest hits for a new CD, "When You Walk In The Room," that comes out next month, on Sep
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¿Quién es la chica que juega al Monopoly con los Beatles? - 20minutos.es
Google News - over 5 years
No lo dudaron: querían a Jackie DeShannon. La elección tenía sentido: se trataba de una de las mejores cantantes-compositoras de la época y brillaba. Acababa de editar Needles and Pins, una balada de tono soul que se convertiría en éxito mundial en la
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Jackie DeShannon has continually held her own under pressure - San Francisco Examiner (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Like '60s pop staple Jackie DeShannon, for instance, who returns Sept. 27 with a brand-new album, “When You Walk In The Room,” featuring her recent composition “Will You Stay In My Life” alongside stripped-down versions of her catalog classics
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Grands Feux Loto-Québec: entrée réussie pour l'Espagne - leSoleil
Google News - over 5 years
Le choix musical était également fort à propos, changeant aisément des musiques du monde au big band en passant par le What the World Needs Now Is Love de Jackie Deshannon dans des enchaînements réussis jusqu'à l'obligatoire clin d'oeil au Québec par
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jackie DeShannon
    FORTIES
  • 2010
    DeShannon was portrayed by singer Liz Phair in an episode of American Dreams. On June 17, 2010, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Another recent cover of "When You Walk in the Room" was in 2004 by ex-ABBA vocalist Agnetha Fältskog, both in her comeback album My Colouring Book and as a UK (No. 34) and European (No. 53) hit single.
    More Details Hide Details Chris Hillman, one of the original members of The Byrds, also did a cover of "When You Walk in the Room" on his solo 1998 album "Like a Hurricane".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks had a Top 40 US hit in 1986 with a cover of "Needles and Pins", which DeShannon originally recorded but did not write.
    More Details Hide Details A version of "When You Walk in the Room" by Pam Tillis in 1994 topped the country charts.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    While DeShannon has not produced any further Top Ten singles of her own, her songs have been covered by other artists who have converted them into hits. In 1974, she co-wrote "Queen of the Rodeo" and "Bette Davis Eyes" with Donna Weiss for her album New Arrangement. "Bette Davis Eyes" went on to become a worldwide No. 1 single for Kim Carnes in 1981, earning Weiss and DeShannon the 1982 Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details DeShannon co-wrote "Break-A-Way", recorded by Irma Thomas in 1964, and by Tracey Ullman in 1983. "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" reached Billboard No. 9 in 1989 as a duet by Annie Lennox and Al Green and was also covered by Dolly Parton in 1993.
  • 1973
    In 1973, she was invited by Van Morrison to sing on his album, Hard Nose the Highway. "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" was performed as the closing number at the Music for UNICEF Concert, broadcast worldwide from the United Nations General Assembly in 1979.
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  • 1970
    The single "Love Will Find A Way" from the same album was also a moderate hit. Switching to Atlantic Records in 1970 and moving to Los Angeles, DeShannon recorded the critically acclaimed albums Jackie and Your Baby Is A Lady, but they failed to produce the same commercial success as previous releases.
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  • 1969
    DeShannon continued writing and recording, but it was not until 1969 that she scored her next smash single and album, both entitled "Put a Little Love in Your Heart".
    More Details Hide Details The self-penned single sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
  • OTHER
  • 1966
    Her first husband was Liberty Records executive Irving "Bud" Dain, whom she married on January 29, 1966 (annulled in 1967).
    More Details Hide Details DeShannon has been married to singer/songwriter and film composer Randy Edelman since 1977. They have one son, Noah (born 1978). Images of each record from 1956 to 1960, including additional liner notes, are found at "Sweet Sherry: The Early Recording Career of Jackie DeShannon" by Pete Lerner.
  • 1965
    It is likely that Page wrote the song "Tangerine" (which appeared on the third Led Zeppelin album) after the breakup of his relationship with DeShannon in early 1965.
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    In March 1965, DeShannon recorded Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "What the World Needs Now Is Love", which led to club tours and regular appearances on television and went to No. 7 on the US charts and No. 1 in Canada. (DeShannon's recording of the song was subsequently used in the 1969 film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.) She appeared in the 1967 film C'mon, Let's Live a Little, with Bobby Vee, as a folk singer.
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    DeShannon also wrote material for singer Marianne Faithfull, including her Top Ten UK and US hit "Come and Stay With Me", which became Faithfull's biggest UK hit, peaking at #4 in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details It would be three years before Jackie DeShannon would record the song for herself, on her 'Laurel Canyon' album in 1968. She also appeared on the television show Ready Steady Go! Moving to New York City, DeShannon co-wrote with Randy Newman, producing such songs as "She Don't Understand Him" and "Did He Call Today Mama?", as well as writing "You Have No Choice" for Delaney Bramlett.
    Staying briefly in England in 1965, DeShannon formed a songwriting partnership with Jimmy Page, which resulted in the songs "Dream Boy" and "Don't Turn Your Back on Me".
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  • 1964
    DeShannon's biggest break came in February 1964 when she supported The Beatles on their first US tour, and formed a touring band with guitarist Ry Cooder.
    More Details Hide Details DeShannon also wrote "Don't Doubt Yourself Babe" for the debut album of The Byrds. Her music at this stage was heavily influenced by the American West Coast sounds and folk music.
    She also co-starred and sang with Bobby Vinton in the 1964 teen surf movie Surf Party.
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  • 1963
    She fared better with the Sonny Bono-Jack Nitzsche song "Needles and Pins" and the self-penned "When You Walk in the Room" later in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Both reached the lower rungs of the US pop charts, but were Top 40 hits in Canada, where "Needles and Pins" made it all the way to No. 1. "Needles and Pins" and "When You Walk in the Room" later became US and UK hits for The Searchers. DeShannon recorded many other singles that encompassed teen pop, country ballads, rockabilly, gospel, and Ray Charles-style soul that didn't fare as well on the charts. During these years it was her songwriting and public profile rather than her recording career that kept her contracted to Liberty. DeShannon dated Elvis Presley and formed friendships with The Everly Brothers and Ricky Nelson.
  • 1960
    Armed with her new name, she made the WLS Chicago radio survey with the single "Lonely Girl" in late 1960.
    More Details Hide Details A string of mostly flop singles followed, although "The Prince" bubbled under at No. 108 in the United States in early 1962, and "Faded Love" became her first US Billboard Top 100 entry, squeaking in at No. 97 in February 1963.
    In 1960, DeShannon signed with Liberty Records, adopting the name Jackie DeShannon, believed to be the name of an Irish ancestor, after executives at Liberty thought the name Sharon Myers would not help sell records.
    More Details Hide Details In a Fresh Air interview (June 14, 2010), DeShannon said that she chose "Jackie" as a cross-gender name. Since she had a low singing voice, she could be heard as either male or female. When she found that "Jackie Dee" was too similar to Brenda Lee, Sandra Dee, et al., she changed it to Jackie Dee Shannon, which people heard as DeShannon. The name stuck.
    However, her interpretations of country songs "Buddy" (as Jackie Dee) and "Trouble" (as Jackie Shannon) gained the attention of Rock 'n' Roll star Eddie Cochran, who arranged for her to travel to California to meet his girlfriend, singer-songwriter Sharon Sheeley, who formed a writing partnership with DeShannon in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details Their partnership produced Brenda Lee's hit Dum Dum.
  • 1955
    In May 1955, while in 8th grade, Sharon Lee Myers, then 13 years old, was featured in the local newspaper for her vocal talents and personal appearances at community gatherings, the local hospitals, and for assorted organizations.
    More Details Hide Details According to the Batavia Herald, she had her own Saturday morning radio show Breakfast Melodies on radio station WMRO. Further: Though only 13, the youngster can boast almost 11 years of voice training and experience and in the past she has toured most of the south making personal appearances. Also she has sung on radio with a rhythm band for 2 years and has appeared on television 3 times. In March 1956, "Sherry Lee Myers" made "another guest appearance on Pee Wee King's popular Country and Western Television Show" on Saturday evening, March 3, on Channel 2—the CBS network affiliate in Chicago, Illinois. According to the Batavia Herald: Sherry Lee is a busy young lady. Each Saturday morning at 9:30 she is on the WMRO radio show, Saturday nights she is the vocalist with the valley's Square Dance Band, Don Lee and his Fox Valley Boys. She had made appearances with the Pee Wee King Show at Ottawa, Rockford and LaSalle in recent weeks. Following her television appearance this Saturday night, the young Batavia artist will appear at the West Aurora Junior High School auditorium on Sunday, March 4th for three shows, 2, 4, and 8 P.M.
  • 1941
    Born on August 21, 1941.
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