The song set in motion the strange events which led to the rise of The Shondells and their journey recording for a record company controlled by the Mafia. Between and , The Shondells enjoyed 14 Top 40 hits, most of which remain among the most eminently listenable even today. The book tells the intimate story of the relationship between the sweet-faced blonde musician from the heartland and the brutal bully from the Bronx, who hustled his way to the top of the music industry.
Barbara De Fina is producing the film. Also, Tommy has reunited with the surviving Shondells to record its soundtrack. Friday 14 February Saturday 15 February Sunday 16 February Monday 17 February Tuesday 18 February Wednesday 19 February Thursday 20 February Friday 21 February Saturday 22 February Sunday 23 February Monday 24 February Tuesday 25 February Wednesday 26 February Thursday 27 February Friday 28 February Saturday 29 February Sunday 1 March Monday 2 March Tuesday 3 March Wednesday 4 March Thursday 5 March Friday 6 March Saturday 7 March Sunday 8 March Monday 9 March Tuesday 10 March Wednesday 11 March Thursday 12 March Friday 13 March Saturday 14 March Sunday 15 March Monday 16 March Tuesday 17 March Wednesday 18 March Thursday 19 March Friday 20 March Saturday 21 March Sunday 22 March Monday 23 March Tuesday 24 March Wednesday 25 March Thursday 26 March Friday 27 March Saturday 28 March The music is an amazing blend of bubblegum and gospel with some soul and a bit of country thrown in for good measure.
James is on a creative roll here: his vocals are deeply heartfelt and soulful, the songwriting is powerful, and the whole record is strong from beginning to end. It isn't too surprising that apart from the hit single "Dragging the Line," the record was completely ignored.
Blues Classical Country. Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. He was struck by the name--a familiar one to New Yorkers, but James wasn't from New York and had never heard of it--and used the acronym as the title for what eventually became one of his biggest hits: "Mony Mony".
All he was told, however, was that he had been offered a chance to play in a concert "at a pig farm in upstate New York". He turned it down, and later said that it was probably the biggest mistake he ever made.View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Tommy James on Discogs.