The Petty Archives

In One Ear & Out The Other: Pairings
Ampersand -- March-April 1980

Del Shannon, whose "Runaway," one of the great teen melodramas of rock & roll, was a Number One record exactly twenty years ago, has remained a star all these years in England and in the hearts of American rockers with long memories -- like Tom Petty. Shannon signed with ABC Records a while back, with the stipulation that Petty's band produce his album. Four tracks featuring the Heartbreakers had been finished, when ABC was swallowed by the corporate shark's mouth of MCA Universal. Now the tracks, all originals, are expected to surface on an EP to be released by RSO Records. Petty, meanwhile, will spend March touring Europe. His pesky tonsils came out surgically in early February.