FlinterFile: Tommy James & The Shondells- Hanky Panky
In 1966, Tommy James & the Shondells recorded their first hit. Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, the writers of Be My Baby and Leader of the Pack, wrote the song. They recorded it themselves as the Raindrops. The song was played by a local band when Tommy Jackson at the age of 13 years old heard it. He knew he wanted to record it and did so on the label of a friend. It became an obscure hit in the midwest of the USA. At the end of 1965, a DJ in Pittsburgh found the single again and started to play it again. People started asking for the song and Tommy Jackson had to perform it live. One problem: he had gone solo and the Shondells didn’t exist anymore. So he asked a local band to be the new Shondells and he changed his name to Tommy James. The song was re-recorded and hugely promoted, making it a number 1 hit in the US. In the UK, it became a number 38 hit. Enjoy
Tommy James & the Shondells- Hanky Panky
Posted on July 16, 2016, in 1960-1969, FlinterFiles Song Archive and tagged 1966, ellie greenwich, FlinterFiles Song Archive, hanky panky, hit, Jeff Barry, Music, number 1, shondells, sixties, tommy james & the shondells. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.