Tommy James, whose real name is Thomas Gregory Jackson, was born on April 29, 1947, in Dayton, Ohio. James is an American pop-rock musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. James is best known as leader of the 1960s rock band Tommy James and the Shondells.
Their song "Mony Mony" became a great hit in the US and a even bigger one in the UK. Right after that, James was contacted by Beatle George Harrison, who was working with a group called Grapefruit at the time. Harrison and the group had written some songs they wanted James to consider recording but he turned down their offer.
James went solo and had two further chart hits with "Draggin' the Line" (co-written by Bob King) (#4 in 1971) and "Three Times in Love" (#19 in 1980). Throughout his music career, James has had twenty-three gold singles, and nine gold and platinum albums. He also wrote and produced the million-selling 1970 hit "Tighter, Tighter" for the group Alive 'N Kickin' (co-written by Bob King). He left Roulette Records in 1974. To date, over 300 musicians have recorded versions of James' music.
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