Jackie 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 U.S. 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”. Page and DeShannon also wrote material for singer Marianne Faithfull, including her Top Ten UK and U.S. hit “Come and Stay With Me”.
[via Kent Munch]