On this day in music history: April 24, 1961 - “Runaway” by Del Shannon hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the R&B singles chart. Written by Del Shannon and Max Crook, it is the biggest hit for the singer/songwriter from Grand Rapids, MI. Originally titled “Little Runaway”, Shannon and his bandmate Crook write and record the song a few years earlier. They re-record the song at the suggestion of their manager after signing with New York based Big Top Records. The Musitron keyboard solo (invented by Crook) becomes one of the most distinctive and memorable parts of the record. Entering the Hot 100 at #77 on March 6, 1961, climbing to the top of the chart seven weeks later. “Runaway” is later covered by numerous artists over the years including versions by Elvis Presley, Bonnie Raitt and The Traveling Wilburys. Del Shannon re-records the song himself in 1967 as “Runaway ‘67” for Liberty Records, though it does not chart on the Hot 100. The original 1961 recording of “Runaway” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2002.