92Y Culture Klatsch: Q&A; With Tommy James

Tommy James and his original band “the Tornadoes” in Niles

You might remember Tommy James from a little band called Tommy James and The Shondells. James has 23 gold singles, 9 platinum albums and over 100 million records sold worldwide. “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Mony Mony” and “Crimson and Clover” are some of our favorites, and when we first discovered ”Crimson and Clover” as a tween, we listened to it over and over again (pun intended).

On June 28, James will sit down with Valerie Smaldone at 92nd Street Y for discussion about his life and career as documented in his autobiography, Me, the Mob, and the Music. Released in 2010, the autobiography covers his relationship with Morris Levy, head of Roulette Records and front for the Genovese crime family; the pressure to make hit records; and his battle with prescription drugs, alcohol and recovery.

Here are Tommy James answers to the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A:

Where do you go for news when you start your day?

One, I turn on the TV, (ABC-TV) for local news and weather. Then I go to Drudge, then go to my own website to read the posts and respond to the fans.

What are your favorite websites?

My favorite websites are science sites such as Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive from NASA.

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