Crimson and Clover: Tommy James and the Shondells

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  1. Fred C Says:

    I’m pretty sure I bought this 45 when it came out (and I was a teen). I *know* I learned the verses/lyrics, altho those are long gone now.

    Fred C.

    • katry Says:

      I bought the 45 too and knew all the verses. I could dredge up the first but that was about it today!

      • Morpfy Says:

        I beleive “Hanky Panky ” was Tommy’s 1st big hit,then along came :mony,Mony” this one and “cyrstal Blue Persaysion” .Those are the ones I can remember off the top 40 hit lists.
        P.s. I thought Billy Idols version of Mony Mony wasn’t as good as Tommy’s

  2. katry Says:

    You have a better memory than I do. I remembered this one then had to look up more of his. I decided on this song as I already had a copy in my files.

  3. Dale Smith Says:

    Hanky, Panky…I Think We’re Alone Now…Mirage…Mony, Mony…Crimson & Clover…Crystal Blue Persuasion…Sweet Cherry Wine…Sugar On Sunday (a top 10 hit TJ wrote and produced for a group called The Clique)…Ball of Fire…Tighter,Tighter (a #7 hit that TJ wrote and produced for a group called Alive N Kickin)…Three Times In Love (a 1980 hit that reached #1 on Billboard’s Adult Contermporay chart and also reached #19 on Billboard’s Pop Chart)…Love Words (which reached #40, for one week, on Billboard as recent as 2006 or 2007?). There were many more hits that reached the Top 40 in the late 60’s and early 70’s! Dale Smith, Lebanon, IN.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Dale
      I remember I Think We’re Alone Now the best for some reason. I can even still sing the words. I didn’t realize how many hits they actually had!

      • Dale Smith Says:

        Unless it is The Beatles, The Stones, Elvis, etc. we often don’t realize who sings the songs, we just remember liking the songs. I was that way with Tommy James. I was 13 and my 22 year old brother took me a fishing trip with him. He had this ultra hot Mopar. He also had an 8-track. During the trip, he stuck in a cartridge. I didn’t say anything to my brother, but the first song I heard was the best song ever…then the next song was even better…and so on through all the songs. That 8-track cartridge had all the best songs in the world on it, but I didn’t even find out who the artist was.

        A couple of years later, a was in a department store and they had this huge bin of albums. Being a red-blooded American 15 year old I spent some time looking through all these album covers. One in particular got my attention. It was “THE BEST OF TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS…who were they?? But the cover was cool, and the back cover even ‘cooler’! This guy had a wild expression, a goofy Gilligan-like hat, and the recording studio “stuff” in the background.

        So, I took a look at the songs that were in large print on the front cover. I simply could not believe what I saw. All my favorite songs…all of them…were by the same artist, and included in this album!! And a Tommy James fan was born that day (actually, that Tommy James fan was born two years prior, he just didn’t know it at the time).

        And that’s my story.


  4. katry Says:

    It’s a great story! I know even now when I listen to the radio I hear songs I like but the artist isn’t mentioned or I missed the name. Luckily some of my stations have a playlist so I come home and run to the computer.

    I love the 8 track mention. That brought me back to a backseat floor filled with 8 tracks!

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