Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 1966: Dancing "Hanky Panky" one summer many years ago!



"Hanky Panky" put Tommy James on the pop charts and The Ed Sullivan Show.   It was also the #1 song in the US this week in 1966.

He actually followed up "Hank Panky" with a string of very good songs, such as "Crimson & Clover" and "I think we're alone now".   My good guess is that "baby boomers" have a couple of his songs in our personal soundtrack.

By any measurement, Tommy James & The Shondells were one of the most successful pop artists from 1966 until he faded in the early 1970s.  The band had 6 million selling singles, a big achievement.  I don't think that he recorded anything after that.

"Hanky Panky" is the story of 19-year old Tommy James and his persistence to record this song:
"Regarding his sudden fame, James said: "One night I was playing for 20 drunks in a bar in Michigan, and the next night I'm playing for 10,000 screaming fans in Pittsburgh. It was literally overnight. It was very unexpected, one of those winning-the-lottery type stories."  (Songfacts)


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