Tommy James & The Shondells - 2017 Modern Era Legend Nominee
Tommy James and the Shondells earned 23 gold singles along with 9 gold and platinum albums on their way to selling over 100 million records worldwide.
During 1968-69 Tommy James and The Shondells sold more singles than any other artist in the world, including The Beatles. Their smash hits include 'Hanky Panky', 'Mony Mony', and 'I Think We're Alone Now'. Their biggest single 'Crimson and Clover' was a number one hit that sold five million copies.
During most of its existence the band members were Dayton, Ohio native Tommy James, Pittsburgh's Mike Vale on bass and Ronnie Rosman on keyboards, along with guitarist Eddie Gray and drummer Peter Lucia. Eddie Gray and Mike Vale co-wrote the band’s rock classic song 'Crystal Blue Persuasion' along with the hit songs 'Sugar On Sunday', 'She', 'Ball of Fire', 'Loved One' and others.
The Shondells sudden rise to fame started in a dusty cut out record bin in downtown Pittsburgh.
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