Del Shannon - Walk Away [Single/Album Version]Details

"Recent projects [for Jeff Lynne] include a single, Walkaway [sic], with his long-time hero Del Shannon (already out in Australia)..."
Andrew Whiteside (1989 - Face The Music fanzine #6)

"In 1989 [Del Shannon] toured Australia very successfully, and with another single masterminded by Jeff Lynne, Walkaway [sic] (Runaway, get it?), he seerned to be on the verge of bouncing back. His collaborations with Jeff certainly proved that he still had it in him."
John Van Der Kiste (1990 - Face The Music fanzine #7)

"Jeff's recent-ish collaboration with the late Del Shannon has surface in the shape of the single Walk Away (SILVERTONE Records ORE 24), which Jeff produced and also co-wrote. CD single also includes Let's Dance..."
Andrew Whiteside (1991 - Face The Music fanzine #9)

"Rock On! opens with the recent single Walk Away, which received some airplay on Radio 2 and night-time Radio 1 on release, though not enough to help it into the charts. It sets a high standard for the rest-- crisp acoustic guitars, a melodic restrained lead break, superb harmonies and Del's inimitable falsetto on the chorus. Incidentally, it is credited to Del, Jeff and Tom as a joint composition, one of only two songs [on the album] not written by Del alone."
John Van der Kiste (1991 - Face The Music fanzine #9)

"The new Del Shannon single was released in the summer of 1989 in Australia only. Walk Away had been produced by Jeff, and was played on and co-composed by Jeff Lynne along with Tom Petty and Del Shannon and was out on Silvertone Records. [...] ...and only Australia-- as a traditional 'Del Shannon country'-- had released the single."
Patrik Guttenbacher, Marc Haines, & Alexander von Petersdorff (1996 Unexpected Messages)

"[Through meeting several times over the years, Dell and I] got to know each other quite well. And then, we actually came up with the song Walk Away and recorded it, again, in Mike Campbell's garage."
Jeff Lynne (October 1998 - interview with Mark Copolov on 88.3 Southern FM Australia)

"The designated single [from Del Shannon's 1991 Rock On! album], Walk Away, proved Shannon's falsetto was still in find shape, and rocked energetically..."
Ken Barnes (1998 liner notes for A Complete Career Anthology: 1961-1990)

"Del Shannon began a songwriting spurt in 1989 that resulted in Walk Away and several other greats. Walk Away, co-written with Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty, was another Orbison-esque tune a la You Got It, and would become the pick single of the lot. [...] When Shannon returned home in March '89 [from an Australian tour], he was on the verge of a major musical upswing, and Walk Away was only the tip of the iceberg."
Brian Young (circa 2000 - Rock On! The Traveling Wilburys, The Trembling Westover published on delshannon.com)

"Even when taken into account that objectivity is all too often suspended on a recording artist’s posthumous releases, reviews for the completed Del Shannon single Walk Away—an apt title for the man remembered above all for his transatlantic No. 1 hit of 1961, Runaway—and the accompanying album, Rock On!, were particularly good."
John Van der Kiste (August 2015 - Jeff Lynne: Electric Light Orchestra - Before and After)


  • Running Time: 3:39
  • Record Date: 1988 or 1989
  • Record Location: MC Studios (Mike Campbell's garage), Los Angeles, California, USA or Posh Studios, Birmingham, UK (Jeff Lynne's home studio) or Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, California, USA or Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California, USA
  • Written By: Del Shannon, Tom Petty, & Jeff Lynne
  • Produced By: Jeff Lynne
  • Engineered By: Mike Campbell
  • Performed By: Del Shannon (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, thigh slapping), Jeff Lynne (acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, background vocals, thigh slapping), Mike Campbell (electric guitar), Phil Jones (drums, percussion), Tom Petty (thigh slapping)

  • Released On:
    • Walk Away 7" single (1989 — Australia — RCA 105046)
    • Walk Away 7" single (1991 — UK — Silvertone ORE 24)
    • Walk Away CD single (1991 — UK — Silvertone ORE CD24)
    • Rock On! LP album (1991 — UK — Silvertone ORE LP 514)
    • Rock On! CD album (1991 — UK — Silvertone ORE 514)
    • Rock On! CD album (1991 — USA — MCA/Gone Gator MCAD-10296)
    • A Complete Career Anthology: 1961 - 1990 CD album (1998 — Australia — Raven RVCD-51)
    • Rock On! CD album (2007 September 3 — UK — Acadia ACAM 8147)
    • Runaway: The Very Best Of Del Shannon CD album (2010 January 25 — Europe — Universal 5324782)
    • Runaway: The Very Best Of Del Shannon digital album (2010 January 25 — Europe — Universal 600753247822)
    • The Essential Collection: 1961 - 1991 CD album (2012 October 15 — Europe — Music Club Deluxe MCDLX176)

  • Top UK Chart Position: - Did not chart
  • Top US Chart Position: N/A