Tommy James
American singer
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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CHILDREN, BEHAVE! Pop Sensation TIFFANY'S Wise Words To Millennials!
Huffington Post - 9 months
It's been almost thirty years since Tiffany Renee Darwish, or better known to the public as just Tiffany, covered Tommy James and the Shondells, "I think We're Alone Now" and shot to superstardom, and the tune is still stuck in fans heads and hearts. More popular than even "Call Me Maybe" at the time, Tiffany's catchy chords and raspy voice has resonated deeply with a devoted fan base that spans generations- and if the latest reboots of all things 80's and 90's have proved anything, it's that millennials are loyal fans to the things that warm their nostalgic hearts. With the major anniversary of her first big hit coming up, Tiffany is back on tour with her new album; A Million Miles, and she couldn't be more excited to spend time in the studio, produce- a new experience for her that she's thrilled about- and perform for her fans- which she says is her favorite part of the gig. If there were any doubts to the statement or thoughts that she could be pandering, that is put to r ...
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The Dirtbombs' Return to Glory
Mother Jones - over 3 years
The Dirtbombs Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey In the Red   Detroit's Dirtbombs have been one of the more consistently interesting and unpredictable rock 'n' roll bands since the late-'90s. Fronted by the tireless Mick Collins, previously the leader of the more abrasive Gories, the group has tackled a variety of styles, from punk to glam to soul. Following 2011's slightly underwhelming Party Store, the Dirtbombs' homage to techno, Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey marks a charming return to form. Though billed as the band's bubblegum album, there's nothing silly or disposable about it, thanks to Collins' tender rasp of a voice and snappy original tunes that evoke "Good Vibrations" and the likes of Tommy James and the Shondells without condescending to their sources. "Sugar on Top" or "Crazy for You" could turn the gloomiest day into a good time.
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Rock Pioneer Joan Jett Headlines Wingstock 2012
Brick Patch - over 4 years
When Joan Jett was looking for a recording deal to start her solo career in 1980, she was rejected by no less than 23 major record labels. Undeterred, Jett formed her own company, Blackheart Records, and self-financed her debut album. She was the first female artist to own and operate an independent record company. Thirty-two years and 10 million album sales later, it’s clear that Jett’s self-confidence and perseverance were well placed. The pioneering rocker headlines Wingstock 2012 on Saturday at First Energy Park, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws. “I’ve had a blessed career," Jett said on her website, www.joanjett.com. “I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own way.” Jett is best-known for her No. 1 anthem, “I Love Rock 'n' Roll,” which features the singer-guitarist’s trademark punk snarl and an instantly recognizable guitar riff. Other standout Jett moments include the hyper histrionics of “Bad Reputation,” a seductive cover of Tommy James’ “Cri ...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Music previews for the week of September 20-26. THURSDAY 9/20 ONUINU, SHY GIRLS, MAGIC FADES, BOBBY DANGEROUS, DJ ZACK (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Read our article on Onuinu. M. WARD, MIKE COYKENDALL (Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Read our article on M. Ward. FATHER JOHN MISTY, JENNY O (Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) I thought I was predisposed to not like Father John Misty given Josh Tillman's previous solo work and his tenure with Fleet Foxes. Sad-sack folk tends to lull me to sleep. Trading in the drab chill of Seattle for the warmer climes of the historically musically rich Laurel Canyon of Los Angeles, Tillman reemerged playing pop songs that capture the spirit of LA excess and depravity that's been glorified for decades. This reinvention from backwoods folkie to '60s pop-cult leader works for Father John Misty. And the music benefits greatly, both in the arrangements and the fact that the lyrics are fun and str ...
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Randy Fox: PHOTOS: The Rust Belt's Rustic Bars
Huffington Post - over 4 years
They were lined up in a row across the street from the Pullman Standard railroad car plant in Butler, PA - a small mill town north of Pittsburgh; they crowded the main drag outside of the Steel Mill entrance in Clairton, PA; and they covered the hills and streets outside of LTV Steel in Youngstown, Ohio, as well as hundreds of other towns from Buffalo to Weirton to Detroit. Micheal's Lounge - Detroit, Michigan With stuffed elk heads staring down from the walls, along with old beer signs wearing years of dust, yellowing pictures of individuals, such as Terry Bradshaw, Ray 'Boom Boom" Mancini, Roberto Clemente, Mean Joe Green, and Willie Stargell hung in the area around the register. Bleary-eyed men stood half-cocked against the jukebox, beer in hand, lost in the familiar hits of their youth and the only slightly more current songs that would harken back to those simpler times. The most semi-recent hit may be John Cougar's (this is pre-Mellencamp) "Jack and Diane," wh ...
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Hitmen Bang Out Hits at Duke Island Concert
Bridgewater Patch - over 4 years
The Hitmen played a rain-shortened concert at Duke Island Park Sunday as part of the Somerset County Park Commision's concert series.  A crowd of about 1,000 people were on hand to hear the music these performers made popular in the 60's, 70's and 80's. The band is comprised of performers who collaborated with or were members of many immensely popular bands including Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Critters, Carly Simon, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Barry Manilow, Elton John and Kiki Dee. On July 22 at 7 p.m., the Somerset County Park Commision will present 60's and 70's rockers Savoy Brown.
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The Hitmen - Live Free Oldies Concert July 15
Bridgewater Patch - over 4 years
FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES CONTINUES JULY 15 WITH THE HITMEN   BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater will continue on Sunday, July 15, 2012, with a live performance of classic rock & roll sounds performed by the Hitmen. The concert is scheduled from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.   The Hitmen have played and made the hits of the 60’s, 70’s, and the 80’s. They are the original recording and performing artists from mega-star acts including Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Tommy James & The Shondells, and many more. Listen to Gerry Polci re-create his million seller hit with The Four Seasons of Oh What A Night.   Concert sponsor is Magic 98.3-WMGQ-FM Radio.   Concertgoers are encouraged to bring, picnic baskets, chairs and blankets for a beautiful evening of entertainment under the summer skies. Ample parking is available.   For further information, call th ...
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After Tour, Jacksons to Release Album; Dylan Among Presidential Medal Honorees
Voice of America - almost 5 years
After Tour, Jacksons to Release Album Following the recent announcement that the Jacksons are planning their first tour in almost 30 years, Jackie Jackson told Billboard.com that the group will also record a new album.   “That’s what we gotta do - right after the tour, we’re gonna go back into the studio and start recording some new music.  I can’t wait,”  he said.  Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon will launch their “Unity Tour” on June 18 in Louisville, Kentucky.  They plan to pay tribute to their late brother Michael with performances of his solo hits. Bob Dylan Among Presidential Medal Honorees <!--IMAGE-LEFT--> The White House recently announced the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients.  The list of 13 honorees includes legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 1960s Assistant Attorney General John Doar, physician/epidemiologist William Foege, astronaut John Glenn, sociologist Gordon Hirabayashi, civil rights advocate ...
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Celeb birthdays for the week of April 29-May 5
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
April 29: Actress Celeste Holm is 95. Poet Rod McKuen is 79. Actor Keith Baxter is 79. Bluesman Otis Rush is 78. Conductor Zubin Mehta is 76. Pop singer Bob Miranda (The Happenings) is 70. Country singer Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 69. Singer Tommy James is 65. Movie director Phillip Noyce is 62. Country musician Wayne Secrest (Confederate Railroad) is 62. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 58. Actor Leslie Jordan is 57. Actress Kate Mulgrew is 57. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 55. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 54. Actress Eve Plumb is 54. Rock musician Phil King is 52. Country singer Stephanie Bentley is 49. Actor Vincent Ventresca is 46. Singer Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 44. Actor Paul Adelstein is 43. Actress Uma Thurman is 42. Tennis player Andre Agassi is 42. Rapper Master P is 42. Country singer James Bonamy is 40. Gospel/rhythm-and-blues singer Erica Campbell (Mary Mary) is 40. Rock musician Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) is 39. Actor Tyler Labine is 34. Actress-model Taylor Col ...
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Heswall British Legion fail to lift county cup - Wirral Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Not far behind were Tommy James who won 21-7 and Dave Bayne 21-8. Brian Thompson (Higher Tranmere Vets) and Dave McDermott (Heswall RBL) fell at the last 32 and last 16 stages in the Waterloo World Championship. Brian Thompson was under par as he lost
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Tommy James donates portion of proceeds from concert to NHS - Niles Daily Star
Google News - over 5 years
Due to the success of his historic homecoming concert at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, legendary rocker Tommy James has donated a portion of the show's proceeds to the Niles High School music department
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True confessions of a plaintiff's expert - Police News
Google News - over 5 years
Officer Tommy James was dispatched to “an EDP threatening with a knife” call. Upon his arrival he was met by the mother who claimed her 15-year son was threatening her with a knife. While standing on the porch, James tried to defuse the
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Tommy James and the Shondells to perform at Morris - Fox 28
Google News - over 5 years
Tommy James and the Shondells, a popular rock band from the 1960s, will hold their homecoming concert at 8:00 PM on Friday at the Morris Performing Arts Center. James grew up in Niles, Michigan,
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It's been 'one helluva ride' for Tommy James - Herald Palladium (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Tommy James and the Shondells not only scored a No. 1 hit with "Hanky Panky," but racked up 23 gold singles, nine gold and platinum albums, and sold about 110 million records with songs such as "Crimson and Clover," "Mony Mony" and "I Think We're Alone
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Tommy James, the Mob and the Music - Observer Online
Google News - over 5 years
With hits like "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Crimson and Clover," Tommy James, both as a solo act and with his band the Shondells, has produced 23 gold singles and nine gold and platinum albums. James will return to Michiana, where he attended high
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James coming home to Michiana - Niles Daily Star
Google News - over 5 years
Before taking the stage in Michiana for the first time since 1987, Tommy James is going to do something that is equally exciting for him — take a stroll through his old neighborhood in Niles. “Some of my friends from the old neighborhood are coming to
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James returns for first local concert since '87 - South Bend Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Released last year, "Me, the Mob and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and the Shondells" tells the story of James' early days in Niles, his meteoric rise up the charts and his stormy relationship with Levy. The two parted ways in 1974 with
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Chillax on Sunday, August 14, 2011 - Oye! Times
Google News - over 5 years
... Neil Sedaka (Aug 26), Loverboy (Aug 27), Glen Campbell (Aug 31), Jonas & The Massive Attraction (Sep 1), K-OS with Reema Major (Sep 2) and Tommy James & The Shondells (Sep 3). This is an interesting line-up for all sorts of age groups
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tommy James
    THIRTIES
  • 2008
    In October 2008, James and the three surviving members of the original Shondells reunited in a New Jersey studio to record once again.
    More Details Hide Details The group had disbanded because its members needed time away from the pressure-filled recording business, but they remained close friends, even though they no longer were recording together. After not playing together for 37 years, the group recorded an album, I Love Christmas. James can currently be seen on late-night informercials selling collections of music from the Woodstock era for Time Life.
  • 2006
    Tommy James and The Shondells were voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame in 2006.
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  • 2000
    James moved to Clifton, New Jersey in the mid 1970s and circa 2000 to nearby Cedar Grove.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    James had to leave New York for a while to avoid a mob hit, which explained why he recorded an album in Nashville in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details He did not feel comfortable writing his book until all those deeply involved with the record company had died. It was only after Roulette Records and Levy's Big Seven Music publishing company were sold (the record company to an EMI and Rhino Records partnership, the music publishing company to Windswept Pacific Music which was later sold to EMI) that James began to receive large royalty checks from sales of his records.
    In 1972, James spent time in Nashville and recorded an album there with top Nashville musicians, My Head, My Bed and My Red Guitar.
    More Details Hide Details He left Roulette Records in 1974. To date, over 300 musicians have recorded versions of James' music.
  • 1970
    He also wrote and produced the million-selling 1970 hit "Tighter, Tighter" for the group Alive 'N Kickin' (co-written by Bob King).
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, he survived, hated the recording studio, and moved up into the country to vegetate. That year, the Shondells, without James, disbanded.
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    In August 1968, James and the Shondells went on the campaign trail for three months with presidential candidate, Vice-President Hubert Humphrey.
    More Details Hide Details Meanwhile, popular music had become album-driven, with artists like Led Zeppelin and Joe Cocker, displacing many performers whose singles had been top sellers. James realized he and the Shondells needed to become an album-oriented group if they were to survive in the business, necessitating a change in their style. After working out a marketing strategy for their new sound, James visited WLS when the group was in Chicago to play a concert, bringing along a rough cut of "Crimson and Clover" to the station. WLS secretly recorded the music when James played his tape for them. By the time James was out of the building and in the car, its radio was playing the station's dub of the not-yet-finished song. "Crimson and Clover" had to be pressed the way it was heard on the radio station, and the marketing plan was now wasted time and effort.
  • 1965
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after, a Pittsburgh area bootlegger made a copy of the song and began pressing copies of it, speeding it up slightly in the process. Sales of the bootleg were estimated at 80,000 in ten days. It became number one on Pittsburgh radio stations in early 1966. Douglas was the first to hear about the record's sudden popularity in Pittsburgh; his Snap Records labels always included his name and location. Further calls from Pittsburgh convinced James to go to Pennsylvania, where he met Mack and Chuck Rubin, who handled the talent bookings for Mack's dance clubs. Before long, all three major music trade papers, Billboard, Cashbox and Record World, were listing "Hanky Panky" as a regional breakout hit. Rubin, who had music industry connections, said it was a good time for the trio to travel to New York City in search of a record deal.
  • 1964
    By 1964, Jack Douglas, a local DJ at WNIL radio station in Niles, formed his own record label, Snap Records.
    More Details Hide Details The Shondells were one of the local bands he recorded at WNIL studios. One of the songs was the Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich ditty "Hanky Panky", which the pair had recorded under the name The Raindrops. The song was a hit locally, but the label had no resources for national promotion, and it was soon forgotten.
  • 1959
    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".
    More Details Hide Details A year later the band changed its name to The Shondells.
  • 1947
    Born on April 29, 1947.
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