Tommy James & the Shondells

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1991 (The 1992 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2028 (ranked #301) .


Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Hanky Panky (1966)
I Think We're Alone Now (1967)
Crimson And Clover (1968)
Mony Mony (1968)
Crystal Blue Persuasion (1969)
Draggin? the Line (1971)

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Will Tommy James & the Shondells be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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I am a HUGE fan of Tommy James and the Shondells. I think they should be in the Hall of Fame. It is a shame that they are not. Tommy and the Shondells have been eligible since 1991 and are still on the outside looking in. I doubt they will ever get inside. Then again, do they want to be in a place where many of the inductees have very little to do with Rock and Roll?

Posted by Stephen Laug on Tuesday, 10.30.07 @ 14:16pm


Crystal Blue Persuasion 'Mmm 'Hmm. It's a new vibration.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Wednesday, 10.31.07 @ 08:19am


Tommy James conquered many genres. He advanced & adapted with the times. His studio work & innovations don't get their just rewaeds. An accomplished writer & producer. A tremendous vocalists & his story of how he entered the business & made it to the top is so Americanna. His absence in the Hall is so disappointing. He still performs to large crowds over 40 years later with a sound that is still first rate.

Posted by Gary MacEntee on Monday, 01.14.08 @ 14:48pm


It's amazing that somewhat as talented as Tommy James (The Shondells records, Cellophane Symphony, Christian of the World) can't be considered for the Hall, yet an absolute hack like Leonard Cohen gets in. Sweet Cherry Wine, Crystal Blue Persuasion, and Baby Baby I can't Take it No More plus many more are GREAT SONGS

Posted by Randy Monk on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 09:37am


Yes, Tommy James and The Shondells should be in any rock and roll hall of fame. The fact that they haven't been inducted shows a definite problem with the voting system. I believe if fans had a greater share in the voting, Tommy and The Shondells would have been in the RRHOF in 1991(their first year of eligibility). Tommy James has sold over 100 million records. He has 23 gold singles and 9 gold and platinum albums. There's been over 300 cover versions of his songs by other artists. In the late 1980s two of his songs were covered that went back to back in the number one position of the Billboard Chart. His contribution to rock is very evident to the fan. Why it hasn't been so apparent to the RRHOF voters is a mystery. He continues to write and perform to this day. He performs in concerts to big crowds. I believe his career speaks for itself. I believe that the fans are speaking too when 82% of those polled on this site believe he will be inducted to the RRHOF!

Posted by Ron Wells on Tuesday, 03.25.08 @ 00:08am


Once he actually gets a nomination, he'll get in. He was a huge influence to 80's acts... just in terms of his songs being covered.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 04.24.08 @ 19:37pm


I've known who the guy since Tom Jackson and the Tornadoes. C'mon already. I've seen some whack jobs get into the Fame, bands that had half the influence. Tommy James and the Shondells HAS to be in that Hall. It's not complete without him. Best to you, Tom.

Posted by Tim on Wednesday, 06.11.08 @ 22:58pm


Tommy James has been continually pleasing audiences for over 40 years. I have always hated that the term "Bubblegum" has been linked to his music, especially his early work. His late 1960's music holds up and measures up to what any of the other bands were doing back then. Crystal Blue Persuasion is to this day one of the best tunes ever.

Posted by Larry Cultrera on Friday, 08.22.08 @ 09:57am


Tommy James has been continually pleasing audiences for over 40 years. I have always hated that the term "Bubblegum" has been linked to his music, especially his early work. His late 1960's music holds up and measures up to what any of the other bands were doing back then. Crystal Blue Persuasion is to this day one of the best tunes ever.

Posted by Larry Cultrera on Friday, 08.22.08 @ 09:57am



He is the greatest !!!

Posted by tinman on Friday, 08.22.08 @ 15:51pm


An amazing number of great, great songs. Yes--they should be there.

Posted by Tim O on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 14:47pm


Tommy or the Shondells in the Hall. It should have been a shoo-in. They charted well, sold well, and as I see it, probably better than some groups that are in there now. I see them as charting around the same as the Rascals, having similar music, in the same time period, and the Rascals got there quickly. Their innovations as with Synthesizers, songs that seem more like productions than songs with their blending instrumentations and harmonies should be noted as par excellence. Their music played today is probably more popular than many groups in the Hall whose music over the airwaves has waned. Any which way one tries to cut it, this man, this group of musicians deserve what should have been due them many years ago, a spot of acknowledgment with their fans and peers. I mean the Beatles hunted them down to give them two songs they wrote for them. How can it be more special than that?

Forrest

Posted by Winston Groom on Wednesday, 11.5.08 @ 12:52pm


Just like with Neil Diamond, I think it is a travesty that James is not in.

Of course, the fact that his instantly recognizable high tenor voice was the blueprint for all the studio-band "bubblegum" records that followed in his wake probably works against him. Let's not forget, though, that he was the one they were all imitating.

Ten years later, we heard the Shondells' unique bass lines come back as part of the Cars' sound. Their influence on '80s wave in general should never be underestimated.

Posted by MIke on Saturday, 12.6.08 @ 08:58am


A group of Tommy James and the Shondells biggest fans have started a petition to get them inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Help us out by going to: tommyjames.com and click on bulletin board. Scroll till you see "new online petition" and then sign it.

I have personally collected over 870 and I'm going for 2000! Our goal is 5000 nation-wide, so we need YOUR help! Thanks, Lori

Posted by Lori on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 13:44pm


They have a laundry list of catchy pop tunes and rock anthems that kept them in the spotlight for years longer than most pop bands of their era.A good number of those tunes went on to be hits for other artists ten and twenty years later.Mony, Mony;I Think We're Alone Now, Crimson and Clover, Hanky Panky. They were also a huge influence on the sound of early seventies British Glam.These are still big party tunes.

Posted by Rob Silber on Wednesday, 08.26.09 @ 08:06am


What? This group isn't it yet? That's odd. Crimson and Clover, Crystal Blue Persuasion, Mony Mony, I Think We're Alone Now, etc. If the Dave Clark 5 is in, seems like this group should have been years ago..

Posted by Tim on Saturday, 01.16.10 @ 01:06am


T.J. & Shondells belong. But not much discussion about them here?

Posted by Telarock on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 16:32pm


I agree with Telarock they are a REAL rock band

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 20:19pm


i think that they are way over due to be in the rock and roll hall of fame

Posted by Eric on Tuesday, 09.14.10 @ 18:36pm


I've said it before, but unfortunately it takes being more than a Top 40 hitmaker to get in the R&RHOF. These guys have tackled so many genres from bubblegum, pop, psychedelic and according to their wiki page, they turned down an offer to perform at Woodstock. Of course, TJ was kicking himself about that to this day. I'm sure they influenced rock and roll and other later acts in some way, but I don't know yet. In response to those who said he was covered a lot in the 80s, those people aren't even in yet so only time will tell.

Posted by Jason on Thursday, 11.18.10 @ 08:16am


It`s an absolute no-brainer that Tommy James and the Shondells should have been inducted in the R&RHOF years ago!And where is Linda Ronstadt,the Moody Blues,and Carole King for crying out loud!(Actually,there are more than a few names that have already been inducted that really should NOT have been inducted, thus lowering the bar).

Posted by Brian on Wednesday, 12.29.10 @ 09:14am


You know, I could actually seem them getting in if they were nominated. (IF they get inducted, it sure better be as Tommy James and the Shondells and not just Tommy James, the Hall already has more than enough of those stories).

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 04.20.11 @ 15:01pm


"see" them not "seem" them. My proofreading skills here have yet to be mastered!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 04.20.11 @ 15:02pm


One of the most underrated bands of the sixties. The bubblegum thing may work against them, but the 60s thing will work just as well for them. I do hope they make it someday.

Posted by Jim on Thursday, 04.21.11 @ 01:33am


I wouldn't worry about the Shondells being passed over Tahvo. They were far from hired hands (in fact, they co-wrote many songs with James) and they were far more of a band than their name implies.

Posted by Jim on Saturday, 04.23.11 @ 00:42am


Fair enough, Jim. I hope my fears go unfounded.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 04.23.11 @ 06:29am


Tommy James music is the best!

Posted by Dale Smith on Monday, 01.2.12 @ 16:52pm


Tommy James & the Shondells

01. Tommy James (vocals, guitar)
02. Larry Coverdale (lead guitar)
03. Larry Wright (bass)
04. Craig Villeneuve (keyboards)
05. Jim Payne (drums)
06. Joe Kessler (guitar)
07. Ron Rosman (keyboards)
08. George Magura (saxophone)
09. Mike Vale (bass)
10. Vinnie Pietropaoli (drums)

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 02.13.13 @ 18:05pm


Tommy James & the Shondells

01. Tommy James (vocals, guitar)
02. Larry Coverdale (lead guitar)
03. Larry Wright (bass)
04. Craig Villeneuve (keyboards)
05. Jim Payne (drums)
06. Joe Kessler (guitar)
07. Ron Rosman (keyboards)
08. George Magura (saxophone)
09. Mike Vale (bass)
10. Vinnie Pietropaoli (drums)
11. Eddie Gray (guitar)
12. Peter Lucia (drums)

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 02.27.13 @ 17:40pm


what a great band Let's hope they get in

Posted by Happy on Tuesday, 03.19.13 @ 04:44am


Tommy James and the SHondells were about the only American band charting in the 60's. Everything else was British Invasion (Beatles, Stones, Dave Clark 5 and such).
Laura freaking Nyro gets in and Tommy James and the Shondells don't? WTF

Posted by George on Friday, 09.6.13 @ 21:59pm


Stephen you did a great job Helping Tommy James.

Hello Stephen Laug are you guy I met backstage at westbury???

I wrote ShyBoy and worked with Tommy for many years.

Let me know.

Regards,

Mike Cerasoli (Tony's Tech)
mike.cerasoli@gmail.com

Posted by Defino PKA/TONY ST JOHN on Friday, 02.21.14 @ 16:27pm


This list even missed some essential songs. I think we're alone now, Hanky Panky or Crystal Blue persuasion weren't essential songs? They are probably the most covered band from the 60's with the likes of Billy Idol, Joan Jett, and even Tiffany scoring hits with their songs. Hard to believe never even nominated.

Posted by Pete Miller on Wednesday, 06.25.14 @ 17:04pm


Crimson and Clover covered by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Mony Mony covered by Billy Idol
I Think We're Alone Now covered by Tiffany

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 04.18.15 @ 21:54pm


I Think I'm A Clone Now and Alimony are both parodies by "Weird Al" Yankovic of songs by Tommy James and the Shondells, which were covered by Tiffany and Billy Idol. Both songs were on "Weird Al" Yankovic's 1988 album, Even Worse.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 04.18.15 @ 22:15pm


Tommy James should have been inducted many years ago! No justice! Joan Jett in, but not TJ ?????? Hall of Fame is totally rigged.....what a joke!!!

Posted by Gary on Sunday, 11.27.16 @ 14:40pm


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