Tommy James & the ShondellsTommy James and the Shondells
was a rock and roll
group, initially formed in 1964
as The Shondells
. Their first single, "Hanky Panky"
) (originally by The Raindrops), was a national number one hit. Shortly afterwards the original group split and Tommy James (b. April 29
) formed a new group of the same name in 1967
. A number of hits followed, including I Think We're Alone Now
) and later a hit for Tiffany, Crystal Blue Persuasion
, Sweet Cherry Wine
, Crimson and Clover
) and Mony Mony
), written by James and inspired by the sign for M
ork that hung outside his office. The latter group split in 1969
, after which James achieved limited solo success.