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Tommy James and the Shondells coming to Family Arena

Tommy James and the Shondells is at Family Arena with a show on Nov. 20; it’s the act’s first St. Louis appearance in over two decades. Foo Fighters line up a Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre tour date. El Monstero is 'Coming Back to Life' at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Brad Paisley coming...
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Alone Now with Tommy James: A Revealing Interview

This interview first appeared here in 2018. If you were in junior high school, just hitting your teens in 1969, there’s a pretty good chance that at every awkward school gym dance you slow-danced to Tommy James and the Shondells’ “Crimson and Clover.” The pleasure principle kicked in from that very anticipatory first blast—“Ah!”—followed by, “Now I don’t hardly know her/But I think I could love her.” It was one of those shimmering tunes you wanted never to end.
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Happy Birthday Tommy James (Tommy James And The Shodells)

Happy birthday Tommy James (Tommy James And The Shodells). “Crimson And Clover.” “I Think We’re Alone Now.” “Mony Mony.” “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” “Hanky Panky.” “Sweet Cherry Wine.” “Mirage.” What did you do between 1966 and 1969? Read the Apples In Stereo in MAGNET on Tommy James And The Shondells:. From...

Tommy James and the Shondells Complete—Review

Granted, their opening statement—a 1966 garage-rock hit called “Hanky Panky”—is about as sophisticated as, say, the Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie.” It consists primarily of an insistent beat and the line, “My baby does the hanky panky,” repeated more than two dozen times. Yes, the number also includes two verses, but the first goes like this: “I saw her walking on down the line/You know, I saw her for the very first time/A pretty little girl standing all alone/Hey baby, baby, can I take you home?/I never saw her, never really saw her.” As for the remaining lyrics, to quote Herman’s Hermits, “second verse, same as the first.”
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‘Crime doesn't pay!’ Tommy James, the 100m-selling pop star robbed by the mob

‘I hope you’re ready, kid, because you’re about to go on one hell of a ride,” Morris Levy, the boss of Roulette Records, told Tommy James as the teenager signed a contract with the label. It was 1966 and James, 19, a small-town boy with the fastest-selling hit single in Pittsburgh’s history, had arrived in Manhattan the previous morning to find every label wanted to sign him. The next day, all offers were retracted – except Roulette’s. Levy – a notorious gangster whose label had prospered in the early 50s with Frankie Lymon and Count Basie – was referred to without irony as the Godfather and, when he put the word out that James was his, no record executive dared to cross him.