Monday, October 5, 2015

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: October 5, 1932 – Ed McClanahan


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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia –
Edward Poage McClanahan, author, the son of Edward Leroy and Jesse (Poage) McClanahan, was born in Brooksville, Kentucky, on October 5, 1932. He attended school there and in Maysville, where the family moved in 1948. He received a bachelor of arts in English from Miami University in Ohio in 1955 and a master of arts in English from the University of Kentucky in 1958. He taught at Oregon State University from 1958 to 1962, when he received a Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing from Stanford University in California. He stayed on at Stanford as E.H. Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing until 1972. He taught at the University of Montana from 1973 to 1976. He also taught at the University of Kentucky and at Northern Kentucky University. In 1976 he moved to Port Royal, Kentucky.

From the late 1950s on, McClanahan published stories, essays, and reviews in numerous magazines, including Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Playboy. He received Playboy magazine's award for nonfiction in 1972 and 1974. The Natural Man, a novel that had been in the making since 1961, was published in 1983 to the delight of both reviewers and readers who appreciated its humor and its language, which is at once raunchy and elegant. The Chicago Tribune's reviewer said that this book "is written perfectly." The Natural Man was followed, in 1985, by Famous People I Have Known, autobiographical essays.

McClanahan married Katherine Andrews in 1957; they had three children: Kristin, Caitlin, and Jess. In 1975 he married Cia White; the children of this marriage are Annie June and William White.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:
Congress of wonders / Ed McClanahan
PS3563.C3397 C66 1996, Young Library – 5th Floor

Fondelle, or, The whore with a heart of gold : a report from the field / Ed McClanahan.
PS3563.C3397 F6 2002 c.1, Special Collections Research Center - Rare Books

Spit in the ocean 7 : all about Kesey / edited by Ed McClanahan.
PS3561.E667 Z87 2003, Young Library - 5th Floor

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: Gray Zeitz - September 16, 1949

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (accessed on September 2, 2015)

Gray Zeitz (born 1949 or 1950)[1] is an American publisher, known for founding the Larkspur Press.[2]

His interest in printing started while he was studying at the University of Kentucky,[3] and in 2013 the University held an event to celebrate his 40 years of work with the Larkspur Press.[1]

In 2002 he won the Artist Award of the Kentucky Governor's Awards in the arts.[4]

Early life

Zeitz was born in Mobile, Alabama and raised in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.


1. Eblen, Tom (4 June 2014). "Larkspur Press founder honored for 40 years of service". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
2. Brooks, Alex (September 2009). "One for the books" (PDF). Southsider Magazine. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
3. "Small-Press Owner Gray Zeitz". Kentuckians in Visual Arts. Kentucky Educational Television. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
4. "Artist Award: Gray Zeitz" (PDF). Retrieved 23 April 2015.

External links
Larkspur Press website

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Finger ridge / Gray Zeitz : with drawings by Nancy Bittner.
PS3576.E38 F50, Young Library - 5th Floor

Encounter : Thomas Merton & D. T. Suzuki / edited by Robert E. Daggy.
BX4705 .D360 1988a, Special Collections Research Center
No time lost in whetting : poems / by Gray Zeitz
PS3576.E39 N68 1999, Special Collections Research Center
Firesticks : a portfolio of photographs & broadsides / James Baker Hall.
PS3558.A368 F57 2008, Special Collections Research Center



Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: September 1, 1906 - Margaret Lantis

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (accessed August 25, 2015):

Margaret Lantis (September 1, 1906 – September 8, 2006) was an American anthropologist, Eskimologist, and author

Education and Early Life
Margaret Lantis obtained her BA from the University of Minnesota in 1930 with a double major in Spanish and anthropology.[1] Afterwards, she went on to study anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley under Robert Lowie and A. L. Kroeber.[1] Lantis earned her Ph.D. in 1939 and returned to study at the University of Chicago in 1942 and at the Washington School of Psychiatry in 1947.[1] As a woman at that time, Lantis received few opportunities in the field of Anthropology.[1] For many years she taught at a number of different universities. Lantis was elected president of the American Ethnological Society in 1964 to 1965 and was recognized for her strong ethnographic research skills.[1]

Throughout her work as an anthropologist, Lantis' extended ethnographic work led other anthropologist's interest to never before explored arctic cultures. While she published a number of articles and field notes, her books can be found in both local and university libraries. Eskimo childhood and interpersonal relationships: Nunivak biographies and genealogies (1960) is one of Lantis' books that has been widely reviewed. With 18 autobiographical accounts and biological sketches from Nunivak Island in east Bering Sea, the book reveals the strains and complaints felt by the small community of approximately 200 Inuit people. The book is based on three different field trips: the first in 1939-40 laid the ethnographic framework of her second trip in 1946 and finally her third trip was in 1956 where she collected data to bring the life records up to date.[2] Furthermore, these accounts are based on personality sketches and Rorschach tests from 12 men and 6 women from the island.[2] While Lantis' purpose is to give an inside view of Nunivak culture, she also explores Nunivak personality dynamics.[2] Her findings of high suicide and psychosis rates on the island are closely related to these sketches and life stories.[2] In a population of 200, Lantis notes 5 cases of people suffering from psychiatric disorders of serious nature.[2] Among these five cases are: 3 suicides, one 'mental break' and one who "appeared psychotic" which is presented as a figure of 2.5%.[2] Being one of the first anthropologists to work with these Alaskan cultures, Lantis is known as "an authority on the contemporary culture of Alaskan Eskimos". To both non-anthropological scientists, and to anthropologists not specifically concerned with Eskimos, the Nunivak life histories present certain intriguing features that may help other field studies.[3]

Lantis contributed studies and heritage websites such as the Native Village of Afgonak website,[4] which is described to celebrate Afognak Alutiiq heritage. The website's main goal is to "embrace, protect, develop and enhance Alutiiq culture" and to protect traditional areas as well as to encourage unity among Alutiiq and the Kodiak Archipelago tribes.[4] In the Heritage- Resource Archives, Lantis is listed four times as a contributor.[4]

In her article entitled 'Vernacular Culture', Lantis draws on similar ideas and the importance of psychology and communication in relation to cultural behaviors and interactions.[5] In this article, Lantis reflects on her interest in U.S culture and society as a themed issue she edited in the American Anthropologist "The U.S.A as Anthropologists See It".[1] The concept of vernacular culture places emphasis on "situationally" structured behavior and calls attention to "the culture-as-it-is-lived appropriate to well-defined places and situations".[6] By comparing everyday situations such as going to a bus station or an after football game event, Lantis argues that there are behaviors expected or expressed in any given scenario.[6] These places or subcultures are related to vernacular culture. Lantis argues that there are particular ways of behavior that are used in any culture-area.[6] In the article she demonstrates a list of components such as: values and goals, appropriate time or place, common knowledge, attitude and relationship systems and finally communication.[6] Vernacular culture, like any 'functional', unitary segment of the total culture, has these components.[6] This issue makes the case for the use of the concept of "vernacular culture" while studying complex cultures. Lantis therefore stimulated a 'widespread use' of the term in several disciplines, most notably in architecture.[1]

After receiving her PhD, Lantis worked in several public agencies, including almost ten years with the United States Public Health Service. In these positions she researched socialization, health, and economy in rural communities.[7]

Lantis was appointed professor of anthropology at the University of Kentucky in 1965[8] By 1967 Lantis received tenure[9] at the university and was appointed to the graduate school faculty[10] where she taught until her retirement in 1974.[1] Over the course of her tenure with the University of Kentucky Lantis published several significant pieces of literature including books and articles on the social organization and religious characteristics of Nunivak Island culture.[11] By the 1970s the University of Kentucky Press had published a collection of papers edited by Lantis in what they claimed a[12] s a relatively new field in anthropology-ethnohistory Ethnohistory in South Western Alaska and the Southern Yukon: Method and Content was published in 1970 to which Lantis contributed a chapter on the Aleut.[13]

Towards the end of her career she continued to write about the people of Nunivak Island and the greater Alaskan territory as well as Southern Yukon.[1] Topics she covered during this time include social organization[1] which she wrote about in Factionalism and Leadership: a case study of Nunivak Island. This work explored the leadership required to steer a people from a hunting and fishing economy to a modern subsistence, commercial and industrial mixed economy in a single generation. The article summarizes the bases of and opportunities for leadership in Nunivak Alaska in the period 1940-1961.[14] And applied topics[1] in Changes in the Alaskan Eskimo Relation of Man to Dog and Their Effect on two Human Diseases a paper that discusses how culture change can bring about change in the health of a population and particularly how this change has influenced the incidence of several parasites among Alaskan Inuit and Yuit.[15] The U.S Bureau of Indian Affairs also published a series of lectures given by Lantis at a workshop in Anchorage Alaska in 1968.[16] She also contributed a chapter on Arctic Aleut people to the Handbook of North American Indians in 1984.[17]

While teaching graduate students at the University of Kentucky Lantis was also working with several committees and societies. She served as the president of the American Ethnological Society 1964-65[18] she was on the Polar Research Committee of the National Academy of Sciences 1969-72 and was elected president of the Society for Applied Anthropology 1973-74.[1] She was the only woman who served on any of the seven panels of the Committee on the Alaska Earthquake which began its work soon after The Good Friday Earthquake which occurred in 1964.[19] She contributed a paper to the second volume published by the National Academy of Sciences on the earthquake entitled Human Ecology of the Great Alaska Earthquake[19] and her report on the 1964 Alaskan Earthquake Impact of the Earthquake on Health and Mortality was significant and among the first contributions to disaster studies in anthropology.[1]

Her work on the Alaskan Earthquake helped the University of Kentucky gain notability on a national scale for its focus in applied anthropology as noted by the Chairman of the university's anthropology department in 1971 "the department has achieved national visibility as one of the few in the country focusing on the applied area," referring to Lantis's research on disaster and nutrition in Alaska and among American Indigenous Peoples.[20] Lantis went on to publish another book on the disaster, titled When the Earthquake hits Home: Anchorage in the "Great Alaska Earthquake" which explored how households in Anchorage coped with the disaster in the immediate emergency period and household practices that existed two years later.[citation needed]

Later life
Considered a "specialist in Arctic and Subarctic anthropology"[21] her life's work became an important contribution to knowledge of Alaskan Native people's personality and culture.[22] After nearly nine years teaching at the University of Kentucky, Lantis retired in 1974 though she remained an active participant in the anthropology community at the school for many years helping generations of arctic scholars by offering advice and sharing her research notes.[1] One example of this was her encouragement of the publication of Nunivak Island Eskimo (Yuit) Technology and Material Culture which was written by James Vanstone in 1989 and relies heavily on Lantis's field notes and observations of the material culture in use during her stay on the island 1939-40.[11] The article discusses the manufacture and use of items associated with sea and land hunting, fishing, transportation, shelter construction, household activities, food prep and skin working.[11] The paper's success is based on the extraneous detail put into the descriptions of the above mentioned material culture and the insight into division of labour and women's activities offered by Lantis's notes and attributed to her own gender and length of stay on the island.[11] Lantis also donated much of her collection of artifacts compiled over the course of her research in the Arctic region to the University of Kentucky Museum of Anthropology in 1973,[23] 1977[24] and 1978.[25] Among the artifacts is a collection of Nunivak children's toys.[1]

She was designated as an honorary life member of the Alaska Anthropology Association and was recognized for her contributions to Alaskan anthropology with a lifetime achievement award in 1993[1] and was the recipient of the Society for Applied Anthropology's Bronislaw Malinowski Award in 1987[1] which she was given in recognition of the years she spent applying anthropology to help people through her work in public service.[18] Addressing applied anthropologists Lantis presented a survey of characteristics of leadership in her Malinowski award presentation entitled Two important roles in organizations and communities which focused on the roles of leader and follower in those institutions.[18]

According to her obituary in American Anthropologist, Lantis never learned to drive a car but "mastered the techniques of dog sledding." She never married instead dedicated herself to her work as a professional anthropologist and later in her life served the discipline through her continued interest in current events related to Alaskan natives. She was inspiring generations of arctic scholars and applied anthropologists by sharing her experiences and offering advice well into her nineties before her death at the age of 100.[1]

1.    Abbott-Jamieson, Susan; John WanWilligen (1973). "Margaret Lantis (1906-2006)". American Anthropologist 109 (2): 428-430. doi:10.1525/aa.2007.109.2.428.
2.    Hughes, Charles C (1961). "Eskimo Childhood and Interpersonal Relationships: Nunivak Biographies and Genealogies". American Anthropologist 63: 1133–1135. doi:10.1525/aa.1961.63.5.02a00390. 
3.    Wallace, Anthony F.C. "Eskimo Childhood and Interpersonal Relationships. Nunivak biographies and genealogies". Science. New Series 133: 1591. doi:10.1126/science.133.3464.1591. 
4.    "Native Village of Afgonak". Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
5.    Hymes, Dell. H (1962). "Anglo-American Publications". International Journal of American Linguistics 28 (2): 124–126. doi:10.1086/464681. 
6.    Lantis, Margaret (1960). "Vernacular Culture". American Anthropologist. New 62 (2): 202–216. doi:10.1525/aa.1960.62.2.02a00020. 
7.    Thomas Weaver. "Malinowski Chapter 17 - Margaret Lantis: Culture, Personality, and Acculturation". Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
8.    University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes (January 15, 1965).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
9.    University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes (January 20, 1967).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
10. University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes (March 17, 1967).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
11. Kaplan, Susan A.; James W. Vanstone (1990). "Nunivak Island Eskimo (Yuit) Technology and Material Culture". American Anthropologist 92: 760–761. doi:10.1525/aa.1990.92.3.02a00290. 
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13. University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes (September 15, 1970).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
14. Lantis, Margaret (1972). "Factionalism and Leadership: A case study of Nunivak Island". Arctic Anthropology 9 (1): 43–65. 
15. Lantis, Margaret (1980). "Changes in the Alaskan Eskimo Relation of Man to Dog and their Effect on Two Human Diseases". Arctic Anthropology 17 (1): 1–25. 
16. University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes (October 22, 1968).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
17. Lantis, Margaret (1984). David Damas, ed. Handbook of North American Idians Vol. 5 Arctic. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. pp. 161–184. 
18. Weaver, Thomas (2002). "Margaret Lantis: Culture, Personality and Acculturation". The Dynamics of Applied Anthropology in the Twentieth Century: The Malinowski Award Papers: 259–261. 
19. University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes (October 20, 1970).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
20. University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes (May 4, 1971).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
21. Hughes, Charles C.; Margaret Lantis (1973). "Ethnohistory in Southwestern Alaska and the Southern Yukon: Method and Content". American Anthropologist 75: 417–418. doi:10.1525/aa.1973.75.2.02a00310. 
22. Hughes, Charles C.; Margaret Lantis (1961). "Eskimo Childhood and Interpersonal Relationships: Nunivak Biographies and Genealogies". American Anthropologist 63: 1133–1135. doi:10.1525/aa.1961.63.5.02a00390. 
23. University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes (May 8, 1973).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
24. University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes (March 8, 1977).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
25. University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes (May 9, 1978).  Missing or empty |title= (help)

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:
Security for Alaskan Eskimos / by Margaret Lantis.
aa508, Special Collections Research Center - Applied Anthropology Collection
Current nativistic movement in Alaska / by Margaret Lantis ; paper prepared for the Symposium on Circumpolar problems, organized by the Nordic Council for Anthropological Research, Stockholm, and held September 15-21st, 1969.
aa441, Special Collections Research Center - Applied Anthropology Collection
The mythology of Kodiak Island, Alaska [microform] / by Margaret Lantis.
S 7, Young Library - Periodicals Desk Microfiche

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: August 26, 1957 - Nikky Finney






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From The Notable Kentucky African Americans database:

Born in Conway, South Carolina, Nikky Finney is an associate professor of creative writing and a former director of the African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Kentucky. She is a graduate of Talladega College in Alabama. She is a nationally recognized poet and author of books of poetry including On Wings Made of Gauze, Rice, and The World is Round. Her work has also been published in anthologies. She was a screenwriter on the documentary, M & M. Smith: for posterity's sake. In 2011, Nikky Finney received the National Book Award in Poetry. In 2012, Nikky Finney left the University of Kentucky and returned to South Carolina. For more see "BIBR talks to Nikky Finney," Black Issues Book Review, March/April 2003, vol. 5, issue 2, pp. 28-29; K. Hamilton, "You are only as writerly as the last thing you've written," in Monty, a supplement to the print magazine, Montpelier at James Madison University; and D. Shafa, "Stepping up," Kentucky Kernel, 09/27/06, Campus News section. UKnow article, "UK Professor Nikky Finney wins National Book Award for Poetry," available online, a University of Kentucky publication website.

See photo and additional information about Nikky Finney at "The Beauty and Difficulty of Poet Nikky Finney" by N. Adams, 04/08/2012, 6:39 AM, a NPR website.

 Read about the Nikky Finney oral history interviews available at the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, item records in the SPOKE Database.

See the Nikky Finney interview with Renee Shaw, program #843, "Connections with Renee Shaw" at the KET (Kentucky Educational Television) website.


Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Head off & split : poems / Nikky Finney.
PS3556.I53 H43 2010, Young Library - 5th Floor

Coal black voices [videorecording] / a documentary by Media Working Group ; KET, the Kentucky Network ; produced and directed by Jean Donohue, Fred Johnson.
AV-D2876, Young Media Library

Rice / Nikky Finney.
PS3556.I53 R530 1995, Young Library - 5th Floor


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: August 21, 1941 - Jackie DeShannon

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From Wikipedia (accessed August 20, 2015)

Jackie DeShannon (born August 21, 1941)[1][2] is an American singer-songwriter with a string of hit song credits from the 1960s onwards. She was one of the first female singer-songwriters of the rock 'n' roll period. DeShannon is currently an entertainment broadcast correspondent reporting historical anecdotes and current Beatles band members' news for Breakfast with the Beatles on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on the weekends.

Early life and education
DeShannon was born Sharon Lee Myers in Hazel, Kentucky,[3] the daughter of musically inclined farming parents, Sandra Jean and James Erwin Myers. By age six, she was singing country tunes on a local radio show. By age 11, she was hosting her own radio program. When life on the farm became too difficult, the family moved to her mother's hometown, Aurora, Illinois, where her father resumed his other career as a barber.[citation needed]
After a year, they moved to nearby Batavia, Illinois, where she attended high school.In Batavia, the Myers family lived at 713 East Wilson Street. In May 1955, while in 8th grade, Sharon Lee Myers, then 13 years old, was featured in the local newspaper for her vocal talents and personal appearances at community gatherings, the local hospitals, and for assorted organizations.[1] According to the Batavia Herald, she had her own Saturday morning radio show Breakfast Melodies on radio station WMRO. Further:

Though only 13, the youngster can boast almost 11 years of voice training and experience and in the past she has toured most of the south making personal appearances. Also she has sung on radio with a rhythm band for 2 years and has appeared on television 3 times.[1]

In March 1956, "Sherry Lee Myers" made "another guest appearance on Pee Wee King's popular Country and Western Television Show" on Saturday evening, March 3, on Channel 2[2]—the CBS network affiliate in Chicago, Illinois. According to the Batavia Herald:

Sherry Lee is a busy young lady. Each Saturday morning at 9:30 she is on the WMRO radio show, Saturday nights she is the vocalist with the valley's Square Dance Band, Don Lee and his Fox Valley Boys. She had made appearances with the Pee Wee King Show at Ottawa, Rockford and LaSalle in recent weeks. Following her television appearance this Saturday night, the young Batavia artist will appear at the West Aurora Junior High School auditorium on Sunday, March 4th for three shows, 2, 4, and 8 P.M.[2]

She attended Batavia High School for two years (1955–1957), leaving school after her sophomore year.[4]

Early recording career
She began to record under various names such as Sherry Lee, Jackie Dee, and Jackie Shannon, with mixed success. Billboard noted (10 June 1957) that Sherry Lee Myers, "16-year old C&W singer of Batavia, Illinois," had recently signed to George Goldner's Gone label in New York as a rockabilly artist, and that her "handlers" (Irving Schacht and Paul Kallett) had changed her name to Jackie Dee. Her only release on Gone included "I'll Be True" (A) and "How Wrong I Was" (B), which appeared in both 78 rpm and 45 rpm versions. Jackie almost certainly sang these songs at the Uptown Theater in Philadelphia on 3 July 1957, and at the Paramount Theater in New York, two weeks later, with Alan Freed's Big Rock 'n' Roll Show.[5]
However, her interpretations of country songs "Buddy" (as Jackie Dee) and "Trouble" (as Jackie Shannon) gained the attention of Rock 'n' Roll star Eddie Cochran, who arranged for her to travel to California to meet his girlfriend, singer-songwriter Sharon Sheeley, who formed a writing partnership with DeShannon in 1960. Their partnership produced Brenda Lee's hit Dum Dum.[6]

In 1960, DeShannon signed with Liberty Records, adopting the name Jackie DeShannon, believed to be the name of an Irish ancestor, after executives at Liberty thought the name Sharon Myers would not help sell records. In a Fresh Air interview (June 14, 2010),[7] DeShannon said that she chose "Jackie" as a cross-gender name. Since she had a low singing voice, she could be heard as either male or female.When she found that "Jackie Dee" was too similar to Brenda Lee, Sandra Dee, et al., she changed it to Jackie Dee Shannon, which people heard as DeShannon. The name stuck.

Armed with her new name, she made the WLS Chicago radio survey with the single "Lonely Girl" in late 1960. A string of mostly flop singles followed, although "The Prince" bubbled under at No. 108 in the United States in early 1962, and "Faded Love" became her first US Billboard Top 100 entry, squeaking in at No. 97 in February 1963.[8]

She fared better with the Sonny Bono-Jack Nitzsche song "Needles and Pins" and the self-penned "When You Walk in the Room" later in 1963. Both reached the lower rungs of the US pop charts, but were Top 40 hits in Canada, where "Needles and Pins" made it all the way to No. 1. "Needles and Pins" and "When You Walk in the Room" later became US and UK hits for The Searchers.

DeShannon recorded many other singles that encompassed teen pop, country ballads, rockabilly, gospel, and Ray Charles-style soul that didn't fare as well on the charts. During these years it was her songwriting and public profile rather than her recording career that kept her contracted to Liberty. DeShannon dated Elvis Presley and formed friendships with The Everly Brothers and Ricky Nelson. She also co-starred and sang with Bobby Vinton in the teen surf movie Surf Party.

DeShannon's biggest break came in February 1964 when she supported The Beatles on their first US tour, and formed a touring band with guitarist Ry Cooder. DeShannon also wrote "Don't Doubt Yourself Babe" for the debut album of The Byrds. Her music at this stage was heavily influenced by the American West Coast sounds and folk music. Staying briefly in England in 1965, DeShannon formed a songwriting partnership with Jimmy Page, which resulted in the hit singles "Dream Boy" and "Don't Turn Your Back on Me". DeShannon also wrote material for singer Marianne Faithfull, including her Top Ten UK and US hit "Come and Stay With Me", which became Faithfull's biggest UK hit, peaking at #4 in 1965. It would be three years before Jackie DeShannon would record the song for herself, on her 'Laurel Canyon' album in 1968. She also appeared on the television show Ready Steady Go!

Hit love songs
Moving to New York, DeShannon co-wrote with Randy Newman, producing such songs as "She Don't Understand Him" and "Did He Call Today Mama?", as well as writing "You Have No Choice" for Delaney Bramlett. In March 1965, DeShannon recorded Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "What the World Needs Now Is Love",[9] which led to club tours and regular appearances on television and went to No. 7 on the US charts and No. 1 in Canada. (DeShannon's recording of the song was subsequently used in the 1969 film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.) She appeared in the 1967 film C'mon Let's Live a Little, with Bobby Vee, as a folk singer.

DeShannon continued writing and recording, but it was not until 1969 that she scored her next smash single and album, both entitled "Put a Little Love in Your Heart". The self-penned single sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[10]

The single "Love Will Find A Way" from the same album was also a moderate hit. Switching to Atlantic Records in 1970 and moving to Los Angeles, DeShannon recorded the critically acclaimed albums Jackie and Your Baby Is A Lady, but they failed to produce the same commercial success as previous releases. In 1973, she was invited by Van Morrison to sing on his album, Hard Nose the Highway. "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" was performed as the closing number at the Music for UNICEF Concert, broadcast worldwide from the United Nations General Assembly in 1979.[citation needed]

Later career
While DeShannon has not produced any further Top Ten singles of her own, her songs have been covered by other artists who have converted them into hits. In 1974, she co-wrote "Queen of the Rodeo" and "Bette Davis Eyes" with Donna Weiss for her album New Arrangement.[11] "Bette Davis Eyes" went on to become a worldwide No. 1 single for Kim Carnes in 1981, earning Weiss and DeShannon the 1982 Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

DeShannon co-wrote "Break-A-Way", recorded by Irma Thomas in 1964, and by Tracey Ullman in 1983. "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" reached Billboard No. 9 in 1989 as a duet by Annie Lennox and Al Green and was also covered by Dolly Parton in 1993. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks had a Top 40 US hit in 1986 with a cover of "Needles and Pins", which DeShannon originally recorded but did not write. A version of "When You Walk in the Room" by Pam Tillis in 1994 topped the country charts. Another recent cover of "When You Walk in the Room" was in 2004 by ex-ABBA vocalist Agnetha Fältskog, both in her comeback album My Colouring Book and as a UK (No. 34) and European (No. 53) hit single. Chris Hillman, one of the original members of The Byrds, also did a cover of "When You Walk in the Room" on his solo 1998 album "Like a Hurricane".

DeShannon was portrayed by singer Liz Phair in an episode of American Dreams. On June 17, 2010, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Using her continuing access and friendship with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, DeShannon currently appears as a contributing entertainment broadcast correspondent regarding planned and current touring and personal news and publicity pertaining to the two surviving Beatles.[citation needed] In 2012 Jackie wrote and recorded "For Africa, In Africa," a song inspired by the urgent need for action to provide clean water for the African Continent.

Personal life
She has a brother, Randy James Myers, with whom she has sometimes written songs. In the mid 1960s, she dated Jimmy Page and Love guitarist Bryan MacLean. It is likely that Page wrote the song "Tangerine" (which appeared on the third Led Zeppelin album) after the breakup of his relationship with DeShannon in early 1965.[citation needed]

Her first husband was Liberty Records executive Irving "Bud" Dain, whom she married on January 29, 1966 (annulled in 1967).[12] DeShannon has been married to singer/songwriter and film composer Randy Edelman since 1977. They have one son, Noah (born 1978).[12]

1.    "Sharon Lee Myers, Only 13, Is Talented Batavia Vocalist", Batavia Herald [Batavia, Ill.], May 5, 1955, p. 1.
2.    "Batavia Banter: On Television Show." Batavia Herald [Batavia, Ill.], 1 March 1956, p. 12
3.    Biography at; accessed August 19, 2014.
4.    DeShannon's photograph appears in the Echo, the Batavia High School yearbook, for 1956 and 1957.
5.    Lerner, Peter. "Sweet Sherry: The Early Recording Career of Jackie DeShannon"
6.    BMI Repertoire Search Tool, "Dum Dum"
7.    "June 14, 2010 show". Fresh Air. National Public Radio. 2010-06-14. 
8.    Nite, Norm N. Rock On: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock n' Roll (The Solid Gold Years). Thomas Y. Crowell (1974), p. 180. ISBN 0-690-00583-0.
9.    Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 24 - The Music Men. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. 
10.  Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London, UK: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 258. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
11.  "Jackie DeShannon 'New Arrangement' 1975". 1980-01-01. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
12.  Sheff, David. "Jackie Deshannon Wrote the Tune but Randy Edelman Put a Little Love in Her Heart", People, May 5, 1980; accessed August 19, 2014.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

1965, shakin' all over [sound recording]
CD319, Fine Arts-Media Center

One kiss can lead to another [sound recording] : girl group sounds, lost & found.
BCD68, Fine Arts-Media Center

1969 [sound recording].
CD211, Fine Arts-Media Center