Tommy James was one of the biggest American rock'n'roll stars on the charts in the 60s and 70s. Perhaps best known in NZ as the writer of songs such as 'Mony Mony' and 'Crimson and Clover'; in the States Tommy had 23 gold singles plus nine gold and 9 platinum albums.
He's also the co-author of a book called Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & The Shondells. It is is a no holds barred story of hit records, payola and the complex and sometimes terrifying relationship with Roulette Records label founder Morris Levy, one of the "Godfathers" of the music business.
Trevor Reekie phones Tommy James.