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The band was originally started in 1959 as ‘Tom and the Tornadoes'; Tommy James the lead singer of the band was just 12 years old. The band was given a new name ‘The Shondells' in 1963, after one of his idols, guitarist ‘Troy Shondell'. The same year the band released the cover version of the Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich song ‘Hanky Panky', which did reasonably well but failed to create a national impact. Subsequently the band disbanded.

Around 1965, when the single had almost been erased from the public mind, a Pittsburgh radio station unearthed it and began to air it. The response was tremendous and the single was aired regularly. Slowly the demand for the single increased. James was requested by Pittsburgh disc jockey ‘Mad Mike'Metro to travel to Pittsburg and play the song. James tried to regroup the ‘Shondells' but was not successful. He eventually went alone and made promotional shows at the Pittsburgh radio station, in nightclubs and on local television. With increasing demand for live and promotional shows, Tommy James quickly reformed his band. The re-incarnated Shondells comprised of Vale, Rosman, Kessler, Pietropaoli, and Magura. With the new group, he began to promote the single in great earnest and sold the master copy of ‘Hanky Panky' to Roulette Records. With the backing of a major record company, the single became a national hit. Eventually Gray and Lucia replaced Kessler, Pietropaoli, and Magura.

Initially after re-formation Tommy James and his Shondells played uncomplicated shambolic rock and roll, but soon became caught up in the developing bubblegum music movement. The band began to churn out, one hit song after the other. In 1968, to show their support and solidarity, the group toured with Vice President Hubert Humphrey during his presidential campaign. The group rode the wave of success until early 1970, after which James quit the band, as he was exhausted from the tiring touring schedules. His band mates renamed the band ‘Hog Heaven' and toured for a while, after which they too disbanded. Many bands have covered the popular, as well as not so popular songs of the band.
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Mar 3 Sat 8:00 PM Tommy James and The Shondells & John Sebastian NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
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Tommy James and the Shondells rocked America in the 1960s with their rock and roll music. They created ripples with their songs such as ‘Hanky Panky', ‘Crimson and Clover', ‘I Think We're Alone Now', ‘Mony Mony', and ‘Crystal Blue Persuasion'.
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