HomeRockNumber One on This Day in 1961: Del Shannon’s “Runaway” Carl May 7, 2014 Rock Del Shannon’s “Runaway” was number one from April 23 to May 20, 1961, according to Bobborst.com. The song was written by Shannon and drummer Max Crook. Here is more on Shannon. There are several audio versions of the same original video at Youtube. I am not sure if this is the one that actually goes with the video, or if it even if it survived.