Stranger in Town (Del Shannon song)
"Stranger in Town" is a 1965 song by Del Shannon. Written by Shannon, it is the opening track on One Thousand Six-Hundred Sixty-One Seconds of Del Shannon. It was released as a single, a followup (both chronologically and thematically) to Shannon's top-ten hit "Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun)", but was not as successful, reaching No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the USA and No. 40 on the UK's Record Retailer chart. "Stranger in Town" was Shannon's last top 40 hit of the 1960s.
|“||"Stranger in Town"... it's one long bleat of terror, the singer and his lover pursued by some unnameable person for reasons just beyond the fringe of rational understanding.||”|
|— Dave Marsh, The Heart of Rock & Soul|
Dave Marsh, in his 1989 book The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made, ranked "Stranger in Town"' as the 327th best rock or soul single to that date, ahead of Shannon's bigger hits "Keep Searching" (371st in Marsh's book) and "Runaway" (534th).
Howard DeWitt's biography of Shannon is titled "Stranger in Town" after the song.
- Elder, Bruce. One Thousand Six-Hundred Sixty-One Seconds of Del Shannon at AllMusic. Retrieved April 2015.
- Unterberger, RIchie. Stranger in Town at AllMusic. Retrieved April 2015.
- Marsh, Dave (1989). The Heart of Rock & Soul. Plume. p. 229. ISBN 978-0452263055. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
- Del Shannon - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Accessed July 31, 2016.
- Marsh 1989, p. 255.
- Marsh 1989, p. 353.
- DeWitt, Howard; DeWitt, Dennis (2001). Stranger in Town: The Musical Life of Del Shannon. Kendall Hunt. ISBN 978-0787288549.