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Jackie DeShannon

Jackie DeShannon
Background information
Birth name Sharon Lee Myers
Born (1941-08-21) August 21, 1941
Origin Hazel, Kentucky, U.S.
Genres Pop, Vocal
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, recording artist, lyricist, broadcasting
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1950–present
Associated acts Hal David, Burt Bacharach, Ry Cooder, Jimmy Page

Jackie DeShannon (born August 21, 1941)[1][2] 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 is currently 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.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Early recording career 2
  • Hit love songs 3
  • Later career 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Discography 6
    • Albums 6.1
    • Singles 6.2
  • Film appearances 7
  • TV appearances 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Early life and education

DeShannon was born Sharon Lee Myers in Hazel, Kentucky,[3] the daughter of musically inclined farming parents, Sandra Jean and James Erwin Myers. By age six, she was singing country tunes on a local radio show. By age 11, she was hosting her own radio program. When life on the farm became too difficult, the family moved to her mother's hometown, Aurora, Illinois, where her father resumed his other career as a barber.

After a year, they moved to nearby

  • Official website
  • Audio interview with Jackie DeShannon on the Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast
  • Jackie DeShannon at the Internet Movie Database
  • "Sweet Sherry: The Early Recording Career of Jackie DeShannon" by Pete Lerner

External links

  1. ^ a b c "Sharon Lee Myers, Only 13, Is Talented Batavia Vocalist", Batavia Herald [Batavia, Ill.], May 5, 1955, p. 1.
  2. ^ a b c "Batavia Banter: On Television Show." Batavia Herald [Batavia, Ill.], 1 March 1956, p. 12
  3. ^ Biography at; accessed August 19, 2014.
  4. ^ DeShannon's photograph appears in the Echo, the Batavia High School yearbook, for 1956 and 1957.
  5. ^ Lerner, Peter. "Sweet Sherry: The Early Recording Career of Jackie DeShannon"
  6. ^ BMI Repertoire Search Tool, "Dum Dum"
  7. ^ "June 14, 2010 show". Fresh Air. National Public Radio. 2010-06-14. 
  8. ^ Nite, Norm N. Rock On: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock n' Roll (The Solid Gold Years). Thomas Y. Crowell (1974), p. 180. ISBN 0-690-00583-0.
  9. ^  
  10. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London, UK: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 258.  
  11. ^ a b "Jackie DeShannon 'New Arrangement' 1975". 1980-01-01. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  12. ^ "Tangerine by Led Zeppelin Songfacts". Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  13. ^ a b Sheff, David. "Jackie Deshannon Wrote the Tune but Randy Edelman Put a Little Love in Her Heart", People, May 5, 1980; accessed August 19, 2014.


TV appearances

Film appearances

Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Peak chart positions Album
1956 "I'm Crazy Daring"
b/w "Baby Honey"
Non-album tracks (as Sherry Lee)
1957 "I'll Be True"
b/w "How Wrong I Was"
Non-album tracks (as Jackie Dee)
1958 "Buddy"
b/w "Strolypso Dance"
"Just Another Lie"
b/w "Cajun Blues"
non-album tracks (as Jackie Shannon)
1959 "Lies"
b/w "Trouble"
1960 "So Warm (This Is How I Feel)"
b/w "Young Girl's Prayer" (first pressings)
"I Wanna Go Home" (later pressings)
Non-album tracks
"Put My Baby Down"
b/w "The Foolish One"
"Teach Me"
b/w "Lonely Girl" (from Lonely Girl)
1961 "Think About You"
b/w "Heaven Is Being With You" (Non-album track)
Lonely Girl
"Wish I Could Find A Boy (Just Like You)"
b/w "I Won't Turn You Down"
Non-album tracks
"Baby (When Ya Kiss Me)"
b/w "Ain't That Love"
1962 "The Prince"
b/w "I'll Drown In My Own Tears" (Non-album track)
108 Breakin' It Up On The Beatles Tour!
"Just Like In The Movies"
b/w "Guess Who"
Non-album tracks
"You Won't Forget Me"
b/w "I Don't Think So Much Of Myself Now" (Non-album track)
104 Breakin' It Up On The Beatles Tour!
"Faded Love"
b/w "Dancing Silhouettes"
97 144 Non-album tracks
1963 "Needles and Pins"
b/w "Did He Call Today, Mama?"
84 58 1 Breakin' It Up On The Beatles Tour!
"Little Yellow Roses"
b/w "Oh Sweet Chariot"
110 108 32 Jackie DeShannon
"When You Walk in the Room"
b/w "Till You Say You'll Be Mine" (Non-album track)
99 81 26 Breakin' It Up On The Beatles Tour!
1964 "Should I Cry"
b/w "I'm Gonna Be Strong" (from This Is Jackie DeShannon)
Cancelled single
"Oh Boy"
b/w "I'm Looking For Someone To Love" (Non-album track)
112 133
"Hold Your Head High"
b/w "She Don't Understand Him Like I Do"
"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"
b/w "It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)"
1965 "What the World Needs Now Is Love"
b/w "I Remember The Boy"
7 8 1 This Is Jackie DeShannon
"A Lifetime Of Loneliness"
b/w "Don't Turn Your Back On Me" (from In The Wind)
66 72
1966 "Come and Get Me"
b/w "Splendor In The Grass" (from Me About You)
83 99 Non-album track
"Are You Ready For This"
b/w "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
Cancelled single
Are You Ready For This
"Windows and Doors"
b/w "So Long Johnny"
108 147
"I Can Make It with You"
b/w "To Be Myself"
68 87
1967 "Come On Down (From The Top Of That Hill)"
b/w "Find Me Love" (from Are You Ready For This)
121 147 New Image
"The Wishing Doll"
b/w "Where Does The Sun Go"
"I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do"
Both sides, promotional single only
"It's All In The Game"
b/w "Changin' My Mind"
110 For You
1968 "Me About You"
b/w "I Keep Wanting You"
119 113 Me About You
"Nobody's Home To Go Home To"
b/w "Nicole"
"Didn't Want To Have To Do It"
b/w "Splendor In The Grass"
Cancelled single
"The Weight"
b/w "Splendor In The Grass" (first pressings, from Me About You)
"Effervescent Blue" (later pressings, non-album track)
55 35 35 Laurel Canyon
"Laurel Canyon"
b/w "Holly Would"
1969 "Trust Me"
b/w "What Is This"
Non-album tracks
"Put A Little Love In Your Heart"
b/w "Always Together"
4 4 2 12 9 Put A Little Love In Your Heart
"Love Will Find A Way"
b/w "I Let Go Completely"
40 33 11 17 16
"Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown"
b/w "Christmas"
Non-album tracks
1970 "Brighton Hill"
b/w "You Can Come To Me" (from Put A Little Love In Your Heart)
82 52 9 48 7 To Be Free
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"/"Hurt So Bad"
b/w "What Was Your Day Like"
96 101
"It's So Nice"
b/w "Mediterranean Sky"
84 92
1971 "Keep Me Warm"
b/w "Salinas"
"Stone-Cold Soul"
b/w "West Virginia Mine" (from Songs)
Non-album track
1972 "Vanilla Olay" /
"Only Love Can Break Your Heart"
b/w "I Wanna Roo You"
110 33
"Chains On My Soul (I Won't Try To Put Chains On Your Soul)"
b/w "Peaceful In My Soul"
1973 "Sweet Sixteen"
b/w "Speak Out To Me"
Non-album tracks
"Your Baby Is A Lady"
b/w "(If You Never Have A Big Hit Record)
You're Still Gonna Be My Star"
Your Baby Is A Lady
1974 "Jimmie, Just Sing Me One More Song"
b/w "You've Changed"
1975 "Let The Sailors Dance"
b/w "Boat To Sail"
New Arrangement
1976 "All Night Desire"
b/w "Fire In The City"
Non-album tracks
1977 "Don't Let The Flame Burn Out"
b/w "I Don't Think I Can Wait"
68 70 20 81 4 You're The Only Dancer
1978 "To Love Somebody"
b/w "Just To Feel This Love From You"
44 97
"You're The Only Dancer"
b/w "Tonight You're Doin' It Right"
"Things We Said Today"
b/w "Way Above The Angels"
35 Quick Touches
1980 "I Don't Need You Anymore"
b/w "Find Love"
86 Together? (Soundtrack)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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.


  • Jackie DeShannon (1963)
  • Breakin' It Up on the Beatles Tour (1964)
  • Don't Turn Your Back on Me (1964)
  • Surf Party (1964) (soundtrack)
  • This Is Jackie DeShannon (1965)
  • Jackie: In the Wind (1965)
  • You Won't Forget Me (1965) (compilation)
  • C'Mon Let's Live a Little (1966) (soundtrack)
  • Are You Ready for This? (1967)
  • New Image (1967)
  • For You (1967)
  • Me About You (1968)
  • What the World Needs Now Is Love (1968)
  • Lonely Girl (1968) (compilation)
  • Great Performances (1968) (compilation)
  • Laurel Canyon (1969)
  • Put a Little Love in Your Heart (1969)
  • To Be Free (1970)
  • Songs (1971)
  • Jackie (1972)
  • Your Baby Is a Lady (1974)
  • New Arrangement (1975) [11]
  • The Very Best of Jackie DeShannon (1975) (compilation)
  • You're the Only Dancer (1977)
  • Quick Touches (1978)
  • Together (1980) (soundtrack)
  • Pop Princess (1981) (compilation)
  • Jackie DeShannon (1985) (compilation)
  • What the World Needs Now Is ...: The Definitive Collection (1987) (compilation)
  • Good as Gold! (1990) (compilation)
  • The Best of Jackie DeShannon (1991) (compilation)
  • Trouble With Jackie Dee (1991)
  • The Early Years (1998) (compilation)
  • Come and Get Me: Best of 1958-1980 (2000) (compilation)
  • You Know Me (2000)
  • High Coinage: The Songwriters Collection 1960-1984 (2007) (compilation)
  • You Won't Forget Me: The Complete Liberty Singles Volume 1 (2009) (new UK compilation)
  • Come and Get Me: The Complete Liberty and Imperial Singles Volume 2 (2011) (UK compilation)
  • When You Walk In The Room (2011) (Greatest songs newly recorded)
  • Keep Me In Mind: The Complete Imperial and Liberty Singles, Volume 3 (2012) (UK compilation)
  • All the Love: The Lost Atlantic Recordings (2015) (compilation)



Her first husband was Liberty Records executive Irving "Bud" Dain, whom she married on January 29, 1966 (annulled in 1967).[13] DeShannon has been married to singer/songwriter and film composer Randy Edelman since 1977. They have one son, Noah (born 1978).[13]

She has a brother, Randy James Myers, with whom she has sometimes written songs. In the mid 1960s, she was a companion to Jimmy Page and dated Love guitarist Bryan MacLean. 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. [12]

Personal life

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. Using her continuing access and friendship with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, DeShannon currently appears as a contributing entertainment broadcast correspondent regarding planned and current touring and personal news and publicity pertaining to the two surviving Beatles. In 2012 Jackie wrote and recorded "For Africa, In Africa," a song inspired by the urgent need for action to provide clean water for the African Continent.

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. 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. A version of "When You Walk in the Room" by Pam Tillis in 1994 topped the country charts. 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. 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".

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.[11] "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.

Later career

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. 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.

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". The self-penned single sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[10]

Moving to New York, 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. In March 1965, DeShannon recorded Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "What the World Needs Now Is Love",[9] 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.

Hit love songs

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. 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. Staying briefly in England in 1965, DeShannon formed a songwriting partnership with Jimmy Page, which resulted in the hit singles "Dream Boy" and "Don't Turn Your Back on Me". 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. 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!

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. She also co-starred and sang with Bobby Vinton in the teen surf movie Surf Party.

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. 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.

Armed with her new name, she made the WLS Chicago radio survey with the single "Lonely Girl" in late 1960. 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.[8]

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. In a Fresh Air interview (June 14, 2010),[7] 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. Their partnership produced Brenda Lee's hit Dum Dum.[6]

She began to record under various names such as Sherry Lee, Jackie Dee, and Jackie Shannon, with mixed success. Billboard noted (10 June 1957) that Sherry Lee Myers, "16-year old [5]

Early recording career

She attended Batavia High School for two years (1955–1957), leaving school after her sophomore year.[4]

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.[2]

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[2]—the CBS network affiliate in Chicago, Illinois. According to the Batavia Herald:

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.[1]

on radio station WMRO. Further: Breakfast Melodies, she had her own Saturday morning radio show Batavia Herald According to the [1]

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