West Michigan Mid-Sixties Bands

Del Shannon

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Last updated on May 17, 2004.

Am originally from Flat Rock Michigan, east side of state, but in 1964 I was in a band called T.C. and the Alleycats and we backed Del Shannon at two dances, one in Utica Michigan and the other one I don't remember. We spent most of that Saturday with him going through his songs and left for the dance following him in his big red Caddy convertible. We got to the dance in Utica first and got mobbed by the kids asking us if we were Del's band. Our guitar player Brian Ernst thought that Del playing his Fender was the best thing that ever happened to him. We had a blast and I will never forget that night with Del Shannon.

Posted by: Dave Penney at June 24, 2004 02:52 PM

In 1976 I managed a club in Southgate MI. We hired Del Shannon to play for a week and the Woolies (of "Who Do You Love fame") to back him up. It was one of the best times of my life. Listening to Del play his greatest Hits 6 nights in a row. Then staying up the rest of the night talking with him. I will never forget it.

Posted by: Wiley Dodd at February 17, 2005 09:26 PM

I remember that club we played there once

Posted by: Bob Reilly at September 6, 2010 11:57 AM

@Wiley Dodd & Bob Reilly

I saw Del Shannon backed by the Woolies during that engagement and have been trying to remember the name of the place for years! Was it the Silver Spur? It later became Philips Family Dining, and is now a Hungarian restaurant called Rhapsody.

Please help!

Posted by: Chuck at June 12, 2011 11:03 PM
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