Jackie DeShannon : DON'T LET THE FLAME BURN OUT/ I DON'T THINK I CAN WAIT

Jackie DeShannon : DON'T LET THE FLAME BURN OUT/ I DON'T THINK I CAN WAIT

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Amherst, 1977.

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| Jackie DeShannon was one of the first female singer-songwriters of the rock 'n' roll era.

Born Sharon Lee Myers, At age six, she was singing country tunes on a local radio show. By age 11, she was hosting her own radio program. Jackie dropped out of high school in her sophomore year. And she began to record under various names such as Sherry Lee, Jackie Dee, and Jackie Shannon, with mixed success. 

Billboard noted (June 10, 1957) that Sherry Lee Myers, "16-year-old C&W singer of Batavia, Illinois," had recently signed to George Goldner's Gone label in New York as a rockabilly artist, and that her "handlers" (Irving Schacht and Paul Kallett) had changed her name to Jackie Dee. Jackie almost certainly sang these songs at the Uptown Theater in Philadelphia on July 3, 1957, and at the Paramount Theater in New York, two weeks later, with Alan Freed's Big Rock 'n' Roll Show.

However, her interpretations of country songs BUDDY (as Jackie Dee) and TROUBLE (as Jackie Shannon) gained the attention of rock and 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.

That same year, 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.



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 co-wrote BREAKAWAY with Sharon Sheeley, which was recorded by Irma Thomas in 1964, and by Tracey Ullman in 1983. She also wrote DON'T DOUBT YOURSELF, BABE for Mr. Tambourine Man, the 1965 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 songs 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 No. 4 in 1965.) That same year, Cher covered the song on her solo debut album.



Jack is best known as the singer of WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE and PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, and as the composer of WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM and BETTE DAVIS EYES, which were covered by The Searchers and Kim Carnes, whose versions have been hits for both these acts.

She had a brother, Randy James Myers, with whom she has sometimes written songs. In the mid 1960s, she was a companion of 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.

She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.