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Short Info

SpouseRandy Edelman, Bud Dain
MarkSexy hoarse voice
FactThe Byrds recorded Jackie's song "Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe" for their debut album "Mr. Tambourine Man".

Jackie DeShannon is an American singer-songwriter with a career spanning over 50 years. She is best known for her 1963 hit “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”, as well as for writing such hits as “Bette Davis Eyes” and “When You Walk in the Room”.

DeShannon was born Sharon Lee Myers in Hazel, Kentucky, on August 21, 1944. Her father was a Baptist minister and her mother was a homemaker. She has four older siblings. DeShannon began singing in church at a young age and started writing songs when she was just eight years old.

After graduating from high school, DeShannon moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. She landed a job as a staff writer at Liberty Records, where she wrote such hits as “When You Walk in the Room” and “Bette Davis Eyes”. She also had a successful recording career of her own, scoring such hits as “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” and “What the World Needs Now Is Love”.

DeShannon has been married three times and has two daughters. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

General Info

Full NameJackie DeShannon
Place Of BirthHazel, Kentucky, United States
ProfessionActor, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist


SpouseRandy Edelman, Bud Dain
ChildrenNoah D. Edelman
ParentsSandra Jean, James Erwin Myers
SiblingsRandy Myers


AwardsGrammy Award for Song of the Year
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
MoviesSurf Party, C'mon, Let's Live a Little, The Catcher, Love-In at Ground Zero

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#Marks / Signs
1Sexy hoarse voice


1I was brought up with all kinds of music and it was natural for me to do anything I wanted. It's hard to believe that people would categorize you into one thing. I wanted to be an artist, just like Georgia O'Keeffe, and to be accepted for what I did. But being one of the first female singer / songwriters was a brand-new thing and people didn't know exactly what to make of it. If I came out with a [Hal David / Burt Bacharach] song like "What the World Needs Now Is Love" and followed it with "The Weight", what was that?


1The Byrds recorded Jackie's song "Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe" for their debut album "Mr. Tambourine Man".
2After the song "Bette Davis Eyes" became a hit single, Bette Davis wrote letters to singer Kim Carnes and songwriters Donna Weiss and DeShannon and asked how did they know so much about her. One of the reasons Davis loved the Grammy-winning song is that her granddaughter heard it and thought her grandmother was "cool" for having a hit song written about her.




Britain's Got Talent2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Horror Story2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Final Girls2015writer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Guapas2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Goldbergs2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
New Girl2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eastbound & Down2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Austenland2013writer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Alex Cross2012performer: "All Our Secrets Are the Same" / writer: "All Our Secrets Are the Same"
That's My Boy2012writer: "Bette Davis Eyes" - as Jackie De Shannon
Laurence Anyways2012writer: "Bette Davis' Eyes"
Take Me Home Tonight2011writer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place2011Documentary writer: "Breakaway"
Misfits2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Raising Hope2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
La solitudine dei numeri primi2010writer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
True Blood2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live1981-2009TV Series writer - 2 episodes
QwertyTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Cyprien2009as De Shanon, "Bette Davis Eyes"
American Swing2008Documentary writer: "Am I Dreaming" - as Jackie De Shannon
The Secret Life of Bees2008writer: "Breakaway" 1964
Bitter & Twisted2008writer: "In My Time of Sorrow"
Midnight Heat2007writer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
If It Ain't Stiff2007TV Movie documentary writer: "Breakaway"
When Did You Last See Your Father?2007performer: "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" - as Jackie De Shannon / writer: "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" - as Jackie De Shannon
La mandrágora2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Allt om min buske2007writer: "Put a little love in your heart"
Guide de la petite vengeance2006performer: "What the World Needs Now Is Love"
RV2006performer: "Needles and Pins"
Heartbreak Hotel2006writer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found2005TV Special documentary writer: "Bette Davis Eyes" - uncredited
North Country2005writer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Deutschland sucht den Superstar2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cold Case2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Canadian Idol2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Reeseville2003writer: "Heart in Hand" - as Jackie De Shannon
Stuart Little 22002writer: "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
Something to Remind Me2001TV Movie performer: "What the World Needs Now is Love" - uncredited
Duets2000writer: "Bette Davis Eyes" - as Jackie De Shannon
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970)2000TV Movie documentary performer: "Glory Waves"
The Secret Life of Girls1999performer: "Keeper of The Dreams" / writer: "Keeper of The Dreams"
200 Cigarettes1999"Bette Davis Eyes"
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy1998Video documentary writer: "Bette Davis Eyes" - uncredited
Shooting Fish1997performer: "What the World Needs Now Is Love"
My Best Friend's Wedding1997performer: "What the World Needs Now is Love"
Tohuwabohu1997TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Senior Trip1995writer: "Put A Little Love In Your Heart"
All About Bette1994TV Movie documentary writer: "BETTE DAVIS EYES"
Forrest Gump1994performer: "What The World Needs Now Is Love" 1965 - as Jackie De Shannon
Mystery Science Theater 30001992TV Series writer - 2 episodes
26th Annual Country Music Association Awards1992TV Special writer: "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
Heartbeat1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Becoming Colette1991lyrics: "There Was A Time" / music: "There Was A Time"
Sweet Talker1991writer: "Bad Water"
Drugstore Cowboy1989performer: "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" / writer: "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
In Country1989performer: "What the World Needs Now is Love"
Scrooged1988writer: "Put a Little Love in Your Heart", "Put a Little Love in Your Heart Finale"
Dolly1988TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Women in Rock1986Video documentary writer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Maricela1986TV Movie writer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Amo non amo1979performer: "I Don't Need You Anymore" US version, "Find Love" US version
The Music for UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song1979TV Special writer: "Put A Little Love In Your Heart"
Who'll Stop the Rain1978performer: "PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART" / writer: "PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART"
The Chicken Chronicles1977performer: "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" - as Jackie de Shannon / writer: "Put A Little Love In Your Heart"
The Sonny and Cher Show1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show1974TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Graffiti1973writer: "The Great Imposter"
The Graham Kennedy Show1973TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Catcher1972TV Movie performer: "Half Moon, Half Son>" / writer: "Half Moon, Half Son>"
Celebration at Big Sur1971Documentary writer: "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
The Johnny Cash Show1970TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The Kraft Music Hall1970TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Ed Sullivan ShowTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1970 writer - 1 episode, 1970
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice1969"What the World Needs Now Is Love"
Playboy After DarkTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1969 writer - 1 episode, 1969
The Wild Wild West1969TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV Special performer: "My Wishing Doll"
Mi vedrai tornare1966writer: "LA MIA VOCE When you walk in the room" - as De Shannon
Hollywood a Go GoTV Series writer - 7 episodes, 1965 - 1966 performer - 5 episodes, 1965
Shindig!TV Series writer - 6 episodes, 1965 performer - 5 episodes, 1965 - 1966
Hullabaloo1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
Surf Party1964performer: "Glory Wave", "Never Comin' Back"


The Catcher1972TV MovieAmy Lee Cade
The Virginian1970TV SeriesMag Connor
The Wild Wild West1969TV SeriesTorrey Elder
The Name of the Game1969TV SeriesLeora
C'mon, Let's Live a Little1967Judy Grant
My Three Sons1967TV SeriesPeggy Snell
Intimacy1966Carrie Lane
Gilligan's Island1965TV SeriesVoice
Surf Party1964Junior Griffith
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine1963TV SeriesGuest Vocalist


My Music: Burt Bacharach's Best2013TV MovieHerself
How the Brits Rocked America2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Beatles Stories2011DocumentaryHerself
My Music: My Generation - The 60s2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Elvis Forever2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970)2000TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Women in Rock1986Video documentaryHerself
New American Bandstand 19651960-1980TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest / Herself
Sha Na Na1980TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1967-1979TV SeriesHerself - Vocalist / Herself
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHerself
The Jim Nabors Hour1971TV SeriesHerself
The Johnny Cash Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Singer
The Tim Conway Comedy Hour1970TV SeriesHerself
The Everly Brothers Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The Kraft Music Hall1970TV SeriesHerself
The Red Skelton Hour1970TV SeriesHerself - Guest Vocalist
The Ed Sullivan Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Vocalist
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHerself
Europarty1969TV SeriesHerself - Singer
The Andy Williams Show1969TV SeriesHerself
4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet1969TV SeriesHerself - Musician
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHerself
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesSinger
The Donald O'Connor Show1968TV SeriesHerself
It's Happening1968TV SeriesHerself
The Steve Allen Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Woody Woodbury Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Where the Action Is1965-1966TV SeriesHerself
Shindig!1965-1966TV SeriesHerself - Singer
Hullabaloo1965TV SeriesHerself - Singer
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV SeriesHerself - Singer / Himself - Singer / Herself
The Beat Room1964TV SeriesHerself
Juke Box Jury1964TV SeriesHerself - Panellist

Archive Footage

My Music: '60s Girl Grooves2013TV MovieHerself
Shindig! Presents Groovy Gals1991Video documentaryHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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