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How the fate - N - a beater was played in a minor and with a synthesizer? Memories of Business of Shannon, the author of the song “Runaway“

This song, for certain, heard many. Who on the collection of hits, who in advertizing of the cigarettes “Lucky Strike“, who in to / f “Criminal history“. At the same time not everyone can tell the name of the author and performer of a song. In - the first, because a song very old (even 1961), in - the second because all other works of the author are poorly distinguishable in a shadow of the main hit.

That, let`s get acquainted. So, the song “Runaway“, the performer - Put Shannon.

However, Business by Shannon our hero became not at once. At the time of the birth (on December 30, 1939) it was called as Charles Whedon Vestover. It did not graduate music colleges therefore practised music in off-duty time. In the afternoon Charles traded in shop in carpets, and in the evenings played in clubs with a country - group - at first as the simple guitarist, and then grew also to the leader. Vustover - not the most convenient surname therefore he thought up to himself more harmonious pseudonym at once - Charlie Johnson, and group called Big Little Show Band (“A big orchestra of small representations“). Already then the group had own songs, but show - the industry of it did not notice yet.

Everything changed in 1959 when the keyboard player Max Kruk came to listening to group. Max was not just the keyboard player, but also very creative technician. With itself(himself) it brought own modification of an early synth keyboard under the name muzitron. For that time synthesizers in bottoms - music were practically not used therefore, having heard the marvelous sounds elicited by Max from a muzitron, the leader of group immediately exclaimed: “Buddy! You are accepted!“.
Very quickly Max and Charlie became friends and that is especially important, coauthors. Besides, the keyboard player reduced group about a disk - the jockey Ollie Makklaflin, and that, in turn, helped to conclude the contract with sound recording firm.

First of all Charlie Johnson the next time replaced a name and was named Business by Shannon (Del Shennon), having borrowed a name from the Cadilac coupe DeVille automodel, and a surname from the famous wrestler Mark Shannon. Release of a single had to become the following step. And for this purpose Shannon already had a potential hit...

There was it so. Once Max Kruk, warming up on the keys, began to strum two chords. Harmony so was pleasant to Shannon that that asked: “What it you play there?“. Kruk answered: “Am (la - a minor) and G (salt - a major)“. “Perfectly!“ - exclaimed Affairs and right there began to accompany on a guitar, calling all group: “Pick up! Pick up!“.
So rough reaction will become clear if to consider that Shannon to a soreness of the mouth was bothered by standard harmony which he called “harmony of “Blue Moon“ - to - a major, la - a minor, fa - a major, salt - a major (to present it, can sing the first lines of a hit of BRAVO “On a dark pavement...“ or an obscene song about the little vassal).

Generally, Shannon`s group bashed out two chords until the owner of club came and did not tell: “Enough! you what - you know nothing else?“.

But group it was clear that they created something. Next day at work Shannon, sitting on a carpet roll, finished the song and wrote the touching ironic text about the run-away girl. The song at first was called “Little Runaway“ (The little fugitive), but then her name was reduced.

the Fugitive

(Anastasia Simonova`s translation, Kiev)

Ya I go
I I reflect what went not so
With our love, love which was so strong.
I as I still continue to go,
Ya I think of things that we did
Together when our hearts were young.

I go in the rain, I pay
Ya and I feel pain,
Ya I want that you were near me,
to finish this suffering...
I is interesting, interesting,
Why why it ran away, to
Yes, and it is interesting where it will remain, to
my little fugitive.
my fugitive - the fugitive - the fugitive the fugitive...
When on the first public execution the keyboard player annealed

powerful solo, the drummer Dick Parker enthusiastically threw the sticks up and exclaimed: “Well and the excellent song at us appeared!“.
However record company was not so sure that for the first single it is necessary to choose “Runaway“. She was guarded that the composition sounded too strange, “as if three different songs took and connected together“. But a disk - the jockey Makklaflin convinced them that at a song high commercial potential, and musicians were accepted to record. Thanks to Kruk process of record turned into the real techno - magic action.

Max Kruk:
“I began to connect numerous “boxes“ - and that is quite natural, work of all studio stopped. People poured out from the sound engineering box to look what I do. Perhaps they tried to remember something for themselves. But at that time I masked all the equipment, without leaving anybody an opportunity to copy it. For example, I had “box“ with a hole above by means of which I controlled a sound an echo - when I sang a note on the keys, it slowly calmed down: uop, uop, uop, uop … I could control the speed and force of a fidbek. It was not reverberation - the most real echo“.

the Single “Runaway“ left in February, 1961, by April surely headed the American top, and two months later and British. Shannon`s style in many respects anticipated a mersibitovy wave. Not without reason even before “the British invasion“ of Affairs got acquainted with BEATLES and the first of Americans made their cover (the song “From Me To You“ became it).
generally, suddenly, from the first single was Put by Shannon associates became superstars. “Runaway“ impresses also now, and then it sounded at all innovatively. In - the first, it was one of the first bottoms - songs where played a synthesizer. In - the second, it was one of the first fate - N - the beaters written in a minor. In - the third, Shannon Put became one of the first white guys who started singing a falsetto (in memory it “wa - wa - wa - wa - wa - wonder“ right there imprints). And in general the song sounded unusually, combining fate - N - rollny power and ballad grief.

It is known that very sharp start in a beginning of the career is fraught. Business did not manage to jump over a level of popularity of “Runaway“ to Shannon. He wrote some more less loud hits, but by the end of 1960 - x its popularity promptly fell. “Runaway“ republished in 1967 did not even get to “Top100“. Creative crisis and oblivion public led to the fact that in 1970 - x Shannon strongly got hooked on alcohol.

Began to leave drowsiness of Affairs only by the beginning of 1980 - x when Tom Petty helped it to write down a new album and to return on a scene. And in 1986 “Runaway“ the next time was rewritten - now for the movie “Criminal History“ (“Crime Story“) which, actually, and revived interest of public in this song.

But the demon of alcohol returned again, and on February 8, 1990 in a condition of a deep depression of Affairs Shannon was shot from the fowling piece. Into Slava Rock`s Hall - N - a beater of the author of “Runaway“ entered already posthumously.