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Tommy James & The Shondells


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Niles, Michigan, USA (1959 – 1963, 1966 – 1970, 2007 – present)

Tommy James and the Shondells is an American and group that was most active in the . They had two number one singles in the U.S. — “Hanky Panky” (1966) and “Crimson And Clover” (1968) — but also released five other top ten hits, including “I Think We’re Alone Now”, “Mony Mony,” and “Crystal Blue Persuasion”. Their iconic hits are often played by ‘’ and ‘’ stations. The band (from Niles, Michigan, USA) initially formed in 1959 as “Tom and the Tornadoes”, with the then only 12-year-old Tommy James as the frontman.

In 1963, he renamed the rest of the band “The Shondells”, after one of James’s idols, guitarist Troy Shondell. Later in 1963, they recorded the Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich-penned song “Hanky Panky” (originally by The Raindrops), which failed to chart. The Shondells disbanded thereafter, until James reformed them early 1966 with Gray, Vale, Rosman and Lucia. Their first single was a re-recording of “Hanky Panky”, which surprisingly became a national number one hit in June 1966. At first, Tommy James and his Shondells played straightforward (as their first hit proves) but soon became involved in the budding musical movement. One of their main songwriters these days was Ritchie Cordell who gave them the hits “I Think We’re Alone Now” (later a hit for idol Tiffany and rockers The Rubinoos as well) and “Mirage” in 1967. The former hit, labeled by one critic as the “bubblegum apotheosis”, has had major airplay for decades and decades.


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    Underrated band. So much more than the "bubblegum" genre they are often stuck with.

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    I love the song Hanky Panky.. I also love how it was a tune used in Forrest Gump ^_^

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
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