Tommy James


Tommy James is an American pop-rock musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as leader of the 1960s rock band Tommy James and the Shondells.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Tommy James.


1947 Birth Born on April 29, 1947.


1959 12 Years Old Born in Dayton, Ohio, James and his family moved to Niles, Michigan. He was a child model at the age of four. In 1959, at the age of twelve, he formed the band, "The Tornadoes". … Read More
1964 17 Years Old By 1964, Jack Douglas, a local DJ at WNIL radio station in Niles, formed his own record label, Snap Records. … Read More
1965 18 Years Old In 1965, a local dance promoter, Bob Mack, found a copy of "Hanky Panky" in a used record bin and started playing it at his Pittsburgh dance clubs. … Read More


1968 21 Years Old …  In August 1968, James and the Shondells went on the campaign trail for three months with presidential candidate, Vice-President Hubert Humphrey. … Read More
1970 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  At the time James was in Hawaii and was incredulous about being asked to travel 6,000 miles to play a show on an upstate New York pig farm, telling the Roulette Records secretary, "If I'm not there, start without us, will you please?" In 1970, after four minor hits, drugs almost killed James when, at a concert, he collapsed, and was pronounced dead. … Read More
1972 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, James spent time in Nashville and recorded an album there with top Nashville musicians, My Head, My Bed and My Red Guitar. … Read More


2000 53 Years Old James moved to Clifton, New Jersey in the mid 1970s and circa 2000 to nearby Cedar Grove.
2006 59 Years Old Tommy James and The Shondells were voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame in 2006.


2008 61 Years Old In October 2008, James and the three surviving members of the original Shondells reunited in a New Jersey studio to record once again. … Read More
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