Happy Birthday: Tommy James

Singer/guitarist Tommy James (most famous as leader of 60s pop group the Shondells) turns 63 today. During the 60s the Shondells racked up an impressive string of top 40 pop hits including “Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “Crimson and Clover,” “I Think We’re Alone Now” and several others that people of a certain age will remember.

Last week, Collectors’ Choice Music reissued four albums featuring James. In chronological order by original release date, they are:

  • I Think We’re Alone Now (1967)
  • Gettin’ Together (1967)
  • Travelin’ (1969)
  • My Head, My Bed, & My Red Guitar (Tommy James solo album from 1972)

James recently published his autobiography Me, The Music and The Mob, and that book is being made into a major motion picture. I will be doing an in-depth interview with Tommy James the week after next, so keep an eye out for a feature, coming soon.

Happy birthday to Tommy James.