Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1961: Del Shannon releases Runaway. That high-pitched keyboard is an instrument called a musitron. That bracing cool high pitched vocal — that’s Del. The song is destined for #1 on the charts. Of course it is. You know that the first time you hear it.
1982: John Cougar Mellencamp’s Hurts So Good is released. It will peak at #2. After that, Cougar’s Jack & Diane will go to #1. Both are on the American Fool LP.