Jackie DeShannon

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About Jackie DeShannon

Jackie DeShannon is best known for scoring memorable pop hits in the 1960s, including 1965's "What the World Needs Now Is Love" and 1969's "Put a Little Love in Your Heart." Yet she was also a gifted songwriter who wrote hits for the Byrds, the Searchers, and Kim Carnes, and collaborated with Randy Newman and Jimmy Page. She toured with the Beatles and was the rare '60s pop star who matured gracefully into the '70s. Her self-titled 1963 debut album was a prescient example of folk songs given a polished rock & roll production, and by the time she cut 1965's You Won't Forget Me, her sessions were dominated by her own songs, a rare accomplishment for a female artist at the time. In the '70s, she blossomed into a sophisticated recording artist whose best work (such as 1973's Jackie) stands beside that of Carole King and Joni Mitchell.

Hazel, KY, United States
August 21, 1944

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