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Published on Aug 5, 2012
The Justin Bieber of 1977 - Shaun Cassidy had the X Factor. Famous parents, a famous half brother, good looks, a good voice and the right record label and promotion team as well as a knack for choosing the right mix of new pop songs and reworked classics from the previous decade.
'Da Doo Ron Ron' was a 1963 hit for The Crystals, and with the gender reversal in the lyrics to suit the boy singer, the track was a huge success in America, and ushered in Shaun's run of hits over the next 18 months. In Australia, 'Da Doo Ron Ron' was a minor Top 40 hit, but for me, was a memorable and catchy tune that fit his image perfectly. Australia made Shaun a star before America, with "That's rock n roll" and "Hey there lonely girl" Top 10 hits downunder in early 1977 before this cover version made it big at home in July of '77.
Cassidy is an entrepreneur, an actor, a writer and producer. His uncanny resemblance to his Oscar winning mother, Shirley Jones, made him a household name, and following in the heartthrob footsteps of Shirley's famous stepson David, Shaun loomed large in the popular culture landscape thanks to his cross over role in the Hardy Boys TV series. He may not have had a long pop music career, but he made his mark!
Curb Records (on behalf of Curb Records); EMI Music Publishing, LatinAutor - SonyATV, SOLAR Music Rights Management, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA - UBEM, ABKCO Music, Inc., ARESA, BMG Rights Management, CMRRA, Warner Chappell, LatinAutor - Warner Chappell, LatinAutor, BMI - Broadcast Music Inc., LatinAutor - UMPG, UMPG Publishing, and 10 Music Rights Societies
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