Sunday, December 4, 2022

Ep. 46 - TOMMY JAMES (The Shondells)

On this episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, we feature 1960's hit-maker TOMMY JAMES, who along with his band The Shondells, released a string of classics including “Crimson and Clover”, “Mony Mony”, “Hanky Panky”, “I Think We're Alone Now”, and others. Tommy discusses how he went from a middle-America upbringing, to working and recording for Roulette Records, which in reality was a front for the Genovese crime family. Topics also include which of his biggest hits initially featured heavy breathing (inevitably deemed too risqué for radio); why one of his most famous singles is actually the rough mix; his worst live on-stage experience; his "introduction" to The Beatles; and many captivating anecdotes from his bestselling autobiography “Me, The Mob, and The Music”.


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