Talk:Tommy James and the Shondells

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Tommy James (born Tom Jackson) hails from Niles, Michigan. He began the Shondells with another Niles native Larry Coverdale, while employed with the local record store. They had regional success.


This site claims that The Shondells were re-formed in Pittsburgh, but I can't find any more reputable support for that. If a verifiable source can be found, it might be a good idea to put it in the Origin field of the infobox.

I think both articles are quite different, and each has a unique story. I suggest keeping both. -v

Fact tags[edit]

Hmmmmm. I wonder if this article has enough "citation needed" tags on it. I think there may actually have been a sentence without one. -R. fiend 00:54, 4 May 2007 (UTC)

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?[edit]

Have Tommy James & the Shondells ever been (or currently being) considered for inductment into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? I've always felt they were one of the more underrated bands, and they're worthy of inductment. - (talk) 17:07, 12 January 2008 (UTC)

Citations & References[edit]

See Wikipedia:Footnotes for an explanation of how to generate footnotes using the <ref(erences/)> tags Nhl4hamilton (talk) 06:44, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

Draggin' the Line[edit]

I don't see "Draggin' the Line" in the discography. It's usually the first song I think of (after "Crimson and Clover")when I think of Tommy James and the Shondells. It has one of the earliest references (huggin' a tree when you get near it) I am aware of to the term "tree huggers".

RuthAnn —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ruthannn (talkcontribs) 16:47, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

Erroneous information[edit]

This sentence contains information that is in error - ". . . unusual use of electronic gadgetry such as vocoders and phasers[citation needed]." Vocoders did not exist for use by the average musician until into the early 70's. Unless I am mistaken - and I may be - there is no way James would have had a vocoder available to him for use in 1968. Crimson and Clover did make use of tremelo - possibly vibrato or what amp maker Vox termed "percussion repeat" - along with flanging (similar to phasing) on the lead vocal which was unique at the time. Unique in that it was not widely used. Al Kooper, on the Super Session album which was released contemporarily with Crimson & Clover, had flanged the entire mix of "You Don't Love Me" which includes his vocals. Itchycoo Park includes a flanged section and In-A-Gadda-da-Vida has the drum solo flanged also. These were contemporary releases also if memory serves.

I would remove it but am waiting to see if someone can come up with a citation the clearly identifies the use of a vocoder on the tune.THX1136 (talk) 21:30, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Thanks to the editor that cleaned up this issue!THX1136 (talk) 16:07, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

Garage rock[edit]

Tommy james and the shondells was also garage rock band in early years. Especially their 1966 us no.1 single "hanky panky" is garage rock standard. So i added genre " Garage rock." LSM1204 (talk) 15:44, 1 July 2017 (UTC)

Blue eyed soul[edit]

Tommy james and the shondells performed blue eyed soul music in their 1969 top 10 single "crystal blue persuation." So i added genre "blue eyed soul." LSM1204 (talk) 15:45, 1 July 2017 (UTC)

@LSM1204: I'm so fear to change genres in pages. Because, it is required discussion or sources. As you did at an article about Gilbert O'Sullivan's, "Alone Again (Naturally)". You may be blocked from editing by @FlightTime: because of it. But, seemly on musically that I hear on a song titled "Mirage" that strongly including the English second-person pronoun, Tommy James and the Shondells was also a pop rock band okay. So, I just remembering to you that The Shondells was a pop rock band and they scored a number of their hit of songs on Billboard's Pop Chart (including "Mirage"). But, please to don't change genres in pages. Because, it required discussion or sources. But, if you will to change genres in pages, I give you a chance for change genres in these pages on your user's sandbox or you can create a draft. Okay. Thanks. Wisnu Aji (talk) 10:11, 2 July 2017 (UTC)
@Wisnu Aji: I'm sorry, I do not understand your English, however if you're referring to changing genres because you think the ones listed are wrong or that you think some other genres are missing, you still need reliable sources and a discussion to gain consensus. - FlightTime (open channel) 13:44, 2 July 2017 (UTC)