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Sharon Sheeley


Among the first & most successful woman songwriters of the first rock & move period, Sharon Sheeley initial earned see for penning Ricky Nelson’s 1958 chart-topping vintage “Poor Small Fool.” A 12 months afterwards, ex-boyfriend Phil Everly presented her to fellow rocker Eddie Cochran, with whom she co-wrote the oft-covered traditional “Somethin’ Else”; right now Cochran’s fiancee, within the springtime of 1960 she travelled with him and Gene Vincent on the riotously well-received tour of Britain, but on the way to London the threesome’s car crashed — Sheeley and Vincent survived, but Cochran passed away at age just 21. Time for the U.S. she partnered with songwriter Jackie DeShannon, collaborating in the Brenda Lee strikes “Dum Dum” and “Center at hand”; their various other initiatives included Irma Thomas’ “Breakaway” (afterwards revived by Tracey Ullman), the Fleetwoods’ “(He’s) THE FANTASTIC Impostor” as well as the Kalin Twins’ “Difficulty.” Sheeley also mentored aspiring pop vocalist Adam Marcus Smith, whom she rechristened P.J. Proby honoring a former sweetheart. Later wedded to Jimmy O’Neill, emcee of television’s Shindig!, Sheeley generally vanished in the spotlight because the 1960s advanced; in middle-2000, the United kingdom label RPM released Songwriter, a assortment of classic demos recorded by way of a studio room group including then-unknown guitarist Glen Campbell, bassist David Gates, keyboardist Leon Russell and drummer Hal Blaine.

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Full Name Sharon Sheeley
Died May 17, 2002, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Education Newport Harbor High School
Nationality American
Spouse Jimmy O'Neill
Albums Sharon Sheeley: Songwriter

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1 How Sharon and Eddie Cochran became boyfriend and girlfriend formed the basis of one of a series of wildly successful television advertisements for Levi's 501 jeans in the mid-1980's. The story goes that she wore jeans after failing to attract his attention in dresses. As was to happen with the other adverts' soundtracks, to coincide with this advertisement, Eddie's single, "Come on Everybody" was re-released.
2 Sheeley wrote "Poor Little Fool" while still in high school in Newport Beach, California. Ricky Nelson recorded it in 1958 and it soared in the charts. She was the girlfriend of Eddie Cochran, riding with him in the taxi that crashed April 16, 1960, near Bath, England. The crash injured her (breaking her pelvis). It killed Cochran. She helped start the mid-1960s ABC network musical show Shindig! (1964) with her then-husband Jimmy O'Neill, the series host.
3 Has a son named Shannon Burg.
4 She and singer Gene Vincent survived car crash in 1960 in England, which killed her boyfriend guitarist Eddie Cochran, at age 21.
5 Best known for writing #1 song "Poor Little Fool", which Ricky Nelson took to the top of the charts in 1958. She later co-wrote many other hits with Jackie DeShannon.



New Girl 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place 2011 Documentary writer: "Breakaway" - as Sharon Sheeley
Willkommen Österreich 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fringe 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Secret Life of Bees 2008 writer: "Breakaway" 1964 - as Shari Sheeley
If It Ain't Stiff 2007 TV Movie documentary writer: "Breakaway"
Weltberühmt in Österreich - 50 Jahre Austropop 2006 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Cold Case 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Led Zeppelin DVD 2003 Video documentary writer: "Something Else"
Reeseville 2003 writer: "Heart in Hand" - as Shari Sheeley
7th Heaven 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nurse Betty 2000 writer: "Poor Little Fool"
Breast Men 1997 TV Movie writer: "Somethin' Else"
White Squall 1996 writer: "SOMETHIN' ELSE"
Signs of Life 1989 writer: "Love Again"
Dolly 1988 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Love Potion 1987 writer: "SOMETHIN' ELSE"
Sid and Nancy 1986 writer: "Somethin' Else"
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary writer: "Somethin' Else" - uncredited
Diner 1982 writer: "Somethin' Else"
Top of the Pops 1979 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
American Graffiti 1973 writer: "The Great Imposter"
Playboy After Dark 1969 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 2 episodes



Arena 1982 TV Series documentary Herself
Dream Girl of '67 1967 TV Series Herself - Fashion Hostess

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