Posted by: Kath Usitalo | March 26, 2010

TGIF Great Lakes Trivia

Cool high schoolers just before hitting it big, circa 1963 (acquired photo)

This has been an intense week. Time for a little levity.

Can you tell me who:

– was born in Dayton Ohio on April 29, 1947

– grew up in Niles, Michigan

– formed  his first rock band at the age of 12

– made his first recording, “Hanky Panky,” in Niles on a regional label in 1964

– catapulted to #1 in the summer of ’66 when Pittsburgh “discovered” a bootleg copy of “Hanky Panky”

– made one of the early music videos in 1968 for “Mony Mony”

– took the word MONY from the Mutual of New York Insurance Company logo visible from his NYC apartment

– delivered the Crimson and Clover album in 1969, which included “Crystal Blue Persuasion”

– sold over 100 million records

– had 23 gold singles

– had 9 gold and platinum albums

– decided against performing at Woodstock

– has a new book: Me, The Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with (fill in the blank)

– is performing at Little River Casino in Manistee on Saturday, April 24

And the answer is….

Thomas Jackson


Tommy James


Tommy James and The Shondells

Listen to some oldies and have a great weekend.



  1. Groovy. Must be Karma.

    The Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Again:
    Indian Casinos Need for Entertainers to Attract Older Boomers Keeps C-level Rockers Groups Together & Working and out of the Travel Writing Business!

    His next hit?
    Pushing Up The Clover!?

    If you go, thank him for the good vibrations!

  2. Funny.

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