Tommy james and the shondells september 1

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tommy james and the shondells september 1

Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James The Shondells by Tommy James

Everyone knows the hits—“Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” They are nuggets of rock and pop history. However, few know the unlikely story of how these hits came to be..

Tommy James was discovered in 1966 at the age of nineteen, and was pursued by every record mogul in New York until, inexplicably, every offer but one quickly disappeared. James soon found himself in the office of Morris Levy at Roulette Records, where he was handed a pen and ominously promised “one helluva ride.” Morris Levy, the legendary “godfather” of the music business, needed some hits and Tommy would provide them..

Me, the Mob, and the Music tells the intimate story of the relationship between the bright-eyed, sweet-faced blonde musician from the heartland and the big, bombastic, brutal bully from the Bronx, who hustled, cheated, and swindled his way to the top of the music industry. It is also the story of this swaggering, wildly creative era of rock ‘n’ roll when payola and the strong arm tactics of the mob were the norm, and the hits kept coming..
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Tommy James of Tommy James & The Shondells talks Crimson & Clover

It spent 16 weeks on the U. The single has sold 5 million copies, making it Tommy James and the Shondells' best-selling song. Note: the RIAA did not award a gold record so the 5 million sales number is not officially acknowledged.
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Topsfield, MA, US. Tommy James And The Shondells. Jeffersonville, IN, US. James and Coverdale still kept active in the music business and started a group called the Koachmen. The popularity of the track spread like a virus through Pennsylvania and eventually reached a much greater audience. The demand of the single was so high that 80, unauthorized reproductions were printed to appease the craze. James took back full control of Tommy James and the Shondells and started to tour to promote the single.

It made all the difference to me. Happy belated birthday, Joan! Sharing this from twitter. But according to Tommy, these songs got on the radio because he had some influential mobbed-up friends pulling the strings. And of course, pocketing the loot.

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Although he could often be found playing at Niles High School events, his popularity locally continued to grow. The band toured the eastern Midwest, but no other market took to the song.
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  3. Denfighdoctri says:

    Come out and catch some of your favorite hit singles from the band that has been recording and performing for more than fifty years!

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    Tommy James and the Shondells Concert Tickets and Tour Dates | SeatGeek

  5. Dejanira M. says:

    Tommy James born Thomas Gregory Jackson ; April 29, also known as Tommy Tadger , is an American pop rock musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, widely known as leader of the s rock band Tommy James and the Shondells.

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