In 1963, Del formed his own record label named "Berlee Records."
Del had worked with music artists like the Beatles and Brian Hyland.
Del's first record contract was with Big Top Records.
Del got his last name "Shannon" from a kid that used to come into the HiLo Club saying he wanted to use the name when he became a wrestler. The kid never used it, so Del took the name for himself.
Del's first band was named the "Big Little Show Band."
Del started playing the guitar and performing while he was in high school.