Tommy James (born Thomas Gregory Jackson, April 29, 1947, Dayton, Ohio) is the pop-rock star best known as the leader of Tommy James and the Shondells. Performing locally in Niles, Michigan, from the age of 12, James went on to record many top hits, including "Hanky Panky," "I Think We're Alone Now," "Mony Mony," "Crimson and Clover," "Sweet Cherry Wine," "Mirage," "Do Something to Me," "Gettin' Together," "Crystal Blue Persuasion," and "Draggin' the Line." He has sold over 100 million records, has been awarded twenty-three gold singles, and nine gold and platinum albums. His songs are widely used in television and film, and have been covered by Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Tiffany, Tom Jones, Prince, and R.E.M. Tommy James continues to tour the country and record.
"Tommy James's story is one of the most interesting of any of the
1960s rockers. . . . His story reads like a music-industry version
of 'Goodfellas.'"--Denver Post
"A boisterous memoir . . . It's high time that [Tommy James] had a book to himself."
-Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Tommy James' rock & roll education cost him millions, but at least we got this entertaining memoir."--Rolling Stone
"This is one helluva story."--Howard Stern