1960s pop legends Tommy James & the Shondells‘ classic hit “Crimson and Clover” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart 50 years ago today. As James explains in a YouTube video celebrating the milestone, the psychedelia-influenced tune helped his band find a whole new audience.
“We were very, very blessed and fortunate to have ‘Crimson and Clover’ at that moment,” he maintains. “‘Crimson and Clover’ allowed us, in one swoop, to pivot from AM top 40 mono singles market to FM…progressive album rock. [It] ended up being the biggest record we ever had.”
The single spent two weeks at #1 in February of 1969, and was James & the Shondells’ second and last chart-topping hit on the Hot 100, after “Hanky Panky” in 1966.
“Crimson and Clover” was featured on the group’s album of the same name, which peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200. The record also included the #2 smash “Crystal Blue Persuasion.”
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts made “Crimson and Clover” a hit all over again in 1982, when their cover of the tune reached #7 on the Hot 100.
James continues to tour with a current version of The Shondells. “I’m going to keep singing and playing until I just can’t do it anymore!” the 71-year-old singer/songwriter says.
Here are all of the group’s upcoming concerts, according to TommyJames.com:
2/9 — Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
2/14 — Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
3/3 — Shippensburg, PA, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
3/8 — Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget Casino
3/15 — Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
4/13 — Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
5/25 — Branson, MO, The Welk Resort Theatre
6/9 — Littleton, CO, Hudson Gardens Outdoor Summer Concert Series
6/22 — Sandy, UT, Sandy Amphitheater
6/29 — Fayetteville, GA, Southern Ground Amphitheater
7/20 — Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn’s Peak
8/2 — Arnolds Park, IA, Arnolds Park Amusement Park
8/6 — Ventura, CA, Ventura County Fair
9/21 — Saint Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre
10/9 — Topsfield, MA, Topsfield Fair
10/18 — Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget Casino
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