they said he had a record


just finished the book “Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & The Shondells”

Tommy James was responsible for 60s hit songs like Hanky Panky, I Think We’re Alone Now, Mony Mony, Crimson & Clover and Crystal Blue Persuasion.

A lot of the book focuses on his relationship with Morris Levy, the music industry kingpin, and alleged mobster, that “made” James’ career.

Levy was the basis for the character “Heshe Rabkin” in the Sopranos.

James claims that, for years, he was unable to collect the 4 million dollars of record royalties that he was owed by the paternal, but thoroughly corrupt, Levy.

Part of the problem was that James was unable to get an honest accounting of the number of records that Levy had sold. Finally, James and his lawyer hit upon the idea of visiting the factory that printed the record-labels.


Another historical note, the album cover above was from the first in-studio photo session ever shot by Linda Eastman, about three years before she became Mrs. Paul McCartney.



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