and songwriter started making records
as a teenager in the mid 1950s.
she made a dent in the chart with "Faded
Love," a cover of a 1950 western swing
hit by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.
a little farther up the Billboard ladder
with "Needles and Pins," a Sonny Bono
& Jack Nitzsche composition that was
later covered with much greater success
(#13) by the English group The Searchers.
Many consider Jackie's version definitive.
another of Jackie DeShannon's original songs.
"When You Walk in the Room" was written
and first recorded by Jackie in 1963 and
released one day after the assassination
of President John F. Kennedy, an event
that hindered the progress of many
great records attempting to climb
the chart in the weeks that followed.
remained uncharted. "When You Walk In
The Room" finally attracted attention two
months after the single hit the street, but
chart at #99 before vanishing. It's a
doggone shame whenever a record
this good goes to waste!
Jackie DeShannon (Jan. 1964,
highest chart pos. #99)
again with a 45 that had a more exciting
song on the B side. That fab flip, entitled
"It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)," was
also released on Jackie's compilation LP
Breakin' It Up On the Beatles Tour!
standard that was originally a top 5 hit
on the black chart in 1955 for Louis
Brooks and His Hi-Toppers with
lead vocalist Earl Gaines. Jackie D
rips it up on this go-go style dance
floor filler, an uncharted side that
woulda been, coulda been and
shoulda been a hit!
Jackie DeShannon (Nov. 1964,
uncharted B side of "He's Got the
Whole World in His Hands")
decade of making great records with
limited success, Jackie broke into the
top 10 with the Bacharach - David
composition "What the World
Needs Now Is Love."
next single on the chart, another lovely
Bacharach - David song entitled
"A Lifetime of Loneliness."
Jackie DeShannon (Oct. 1965,
highest chart pos. #66, live perf
performance on Nov. 29, 1965,
episode of Hullabaloo)
is Jackie DeShannon's signature song,
but the biggest hit of her career came
in 1969 when she recorded a song she
co-wrote with her brother Randy Myers
along with Jimmy Holiday. Delivering
a message similar to that of "What The
World Needs Now," Jackie's single "Put
A Little Love In Your Heart" was released
at a time when idealistic songs about peace,
love and goodwill were becoming major hits.
They included "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"
by the Fifth Dimension (#1), "Get Together"
by the Youngbloods (#5), "He Ain't Heavy,
He's My Brother" by The Hollies (#7) and
"Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band
(#14), all of them released that same year-
1969. Here now is Jackie DeShannon at
the peak of her recording career with the
plea "Put a Little Love in Your Heart."
Jackie DeShannon (Aug. 1969,
highest chart pos. #4)
than I ever realized. Beautiful, warm and
gifted, Jackie wrote and recorded songs
that ran the gamut from country & western,
rockabilly and gospel to rock 'n' roll and
shouting rhythm and blues. Jackie sings
with her whole heart and soul. She has
made many great contributions to
the soundtrack of our youth.
into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Millions of fans consider Jackie
to be a national treasure
and I heartily agree.