Tommy James and The Shondells

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Biography

With his current best-selling book "ME, THE MOB AND THE MUSIC" and upcoming movie and play, it's time to present TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS. Over 100 million records sold worldwide – 24 Top 40 hits, including:

  • "CRIMSON AND CLOVER"
  • "MONY MONY"
  • "HANKY PANKY"
  • "CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION"
  • "SAY I AM (WHAT I AM)"
  • "I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW"
  • "I LIKE IT THAT WAY"
  • "I'M COMIN' HOME"
  • "MIRAGE"
  • "GETTIN' TOGETHER"
  • "DO SOMETHING TO ME"
  • "SHE"
  • "THREE TIMES IN LOVE"
  • "DRAGGIN' THE LINE"

The music of Tommy James is played continuously, everyday, in every country in the world, and has been for over a generation. His songs have become so ingrained in modern culture, it's difficult to go for more than a couple of days without hearing one of them on the radio, TV, in films, or one of the 300 plus cover versions of his songs by other artists. He has sold, to date, over 100 million records and has been awarded 23 gold singles and 9 gold and platinum albums.

Tommy James and The Shondells were one of the first acts to experiment with Music Videos of their hits starting with "Mony Mony" in 1968, thirteen years before MTV.

By the end of '68, after three months on the road with Vice President Hubert Humphrey's Presidential campaign, TJ and company began writing and producing their own records. Their first project, released in early 1969, was the unforgettable "CRIMSON AND CLOVER" album which, in addition to going multi-platinum, spawned three more monster hits for the group: "Do Something To Me", "Crimson And Clover", and "Crystal Blue Persuasion". A fourth song on the LP, "Sugar On Sunday", was recorded by The Clique and also went top ten.

The "CRIMSON AND CLOVER" album was followed by the "CELLOPHANE SYMPHONY" album, which featured the newly developed Moog Synthesizer, as well as another smash hit, "Sweet Cherry Wine". Their second volume of greatest hits titled "THE BEST OF TOMMY JAMES AND THE SHONDELLS" was released that same year and featured the smash hit "Ball Of Fire". The LP has sold, to date, over 10 million copies.

In the 90's Tommy's music has appeared in countless movie soundtracks including: "Forrest Gump", the Oliver Stone movie "Heaven And Earth", "Cape Fear" "Pontiac Moon", "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead", "Off And Running", "Vice Versa" and in 1999 REM's cover of "Draggin' The Line" was one of the high points in the summer blockbuster "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me while the film "A Walk On The Moon" featured Cher singing "Crimson And Clover" and Morcheeba doing "Crystal Blue Persuasion".

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