Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow The Sun) – Challenge #179

Del Shannon’s bit hit ‘Runaway’ is about a guy whose girl leaves him, and he is left to wonder what went wrong. A lot of Shannon’s songs were about broken relationships. He once said he wrote the words to this about himself, because he was forever running away from relationships. ‘Runaway’ is #472 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, compiled in 2010. ‘Runaway’ was so different that it didn’t resemble anything else that had been done in music before. In 1966, Del Shannon virtually vanished, the result of changing musical tastes, battles with his managers over royalty payments, and struggles with his own inner demons. Lacking direction, the 1970s became a rudderless blur. Now entering his 40s, he sported snug-fitting bell-bottoms, bushy muttonchops, and an unconvincing comb-over. Although he always hated traveling, he toured England, Australia, and the Philippines, countries where he enjoyed a more loyal following than at home. Just a few years removed from being lauded as an original, he was on his way to becoming a rock ’n’ roll cliché, aging, dissipated, and irrelevant. He smoked weed, snorted cocaine, and popped pills while retaining his old-school vices of tobacco and alcohol. He often was drunk before noon. “I hated the taste of booze,” he once told the Los Angeles Times, “but I liked where it took me — into oblivion.”

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‘Keep Searchin’’ was written and recorded by American rock-and-roll musician Del Shannon.  This song was released in 1964.  It spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (one more than his biggest hit ‘Runaway’) it reached #9, but it would be Shannon’s last big hit single, as Del would go on to chart only four more songs before his untimely death in 1990.  This song is about a man who tries to find a place to hide along with his girlfriend because they are being pursued.  His girl was being harassed by some unknown people who were cruel to her for some unknown reason.  There is no happy ending in this song, as they remained paranoid and kept on searching for that place where nobody would bother or persecute them.  The song includes a keyboard solo and it ends with Del Shannon’s trademark falsetto.  It was recorded on the One…

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