display of gold records and memorabilia from Del Shannon,
an early rock 'n' roll star and Coopersville native. Here is
the platinum record Del earned for "Runaway". Take the Museum Quick Tour to see additional collection materials. 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the release of "Runaway." Special celebrations for this milestone were held during the 2011 Summerfest celebration in Coopersville. Come join the fun!
The Del Shannon Memorial was erected
and dedicated in 1996 and sits between the Interurban Depot and the Interurban car "Merlin" under renovation next to the museum. Dan Bourgoise, Del's former manager, Brian Young (wearing the memorial celebration t-shirt), President of the Del Shannon Appreciation Society,
and many of Del's family were present for the dedication.
Also, in late 1998, Brian Young posted the Official Del Shannon Web Site. Here,
you can join the Fan Club, and check out interesting goings-on
in the world of Rock 'n' Roll.
On March 15, 1999, Del was inducted
into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH!
So, those of you who have
the shirts and posters from the Memorial dedication have something
very unique. Unfortunately we are no longer licensed to reproduce these items so they are even more valuable!
If you like Del Shannon music, make sure to come to the Del Shannon Tribute concert, held on Friday during Del Shannon Days the first full week of August each year.
James Popenhagen & the HiLos will perform at the Coopersville High School Centerstage Theater @ 5 pm.
Tickets are $10 for adults & $8 for students. See Meetings & Events page.