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FlinterFile: Tommy James & The Shondells- Hanky Panky

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In 1966, Tommy James & the Shondells recorded their first hit. Read the rest of this entry

Song of the day: Ray Peterson- Tell Laura I Love Her

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In 1960, Jeff Barry and Ben Raleigh wrote a song which described the tragedy of a boy who is in love with Laura. To buy a wedding ring, he enters a stock car race to win the money, which is enough for the ring. However, in the race he dies and Laura prays and thinks she hears her Tommy once more. The song originally would be about a rodeo, but the number 1 at the time of writing (Teen Angel) was about cars, so this song was changed too. In the UK, they thought this version was too vulgar, so Ricky Valance recorded a more decent version. This American version made it to number 7 in the US. Enjoy

Ray Peterson- Tell Laura I Love Her