The Runaway Whistle

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Del Shannon - Runaway (HQ STUDIO/1961)

Released in 1959. My dad was 17. As a small child in the late 70s and early 80s, this is what my dad played all the time on the 8 track in the station wagon.

 

It contains a lot of precursors to major cultural and musical shifts about occur in the United States. Of particular note is the whistle at 1:09, one of the first eletronica sounds to be used in a major pop hit. It was produced on a home-made keyboard.

 

The not-so-secret weapon of “Runaway,” though, is its keyboard. Crook joined Shannon's band in 1959, and soon after he began toying with a riff on his Musitron, a self-built version of the clavioline that served as a precursor to the analog synthesizer.

 

That's why you don't see the keyboard being played in the video I suspect - I wonder if Daft Punk could do something with this.

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He died 1990.

 

 

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Classic,dope hook 

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