It began in 1968. My parents decided to give me a phonograph for Christmas. Of course, a record player isn't much fun without some records. So, my mother hit the department stores and scientifically picked out some 45s for my initial collection. Her method? Record label designs. Her favorite? An alternating yellow and orange pattern simulating a roulette wheel. Not surprisingly, the label was Roulette Records. She had no idea what she had started: a lifelong love affair with the music of Tommy James.
That first 45 was not very popular with the general record-buying public. However, much to the surprise of my parents, the next release was the one that caused the stereotypical teenager-parent discussions of musical taste including the lines
You call THAT music?
You're not playing HIM again, are you?
No, you can't use the big stereo now. I'm listening to Andy Williams. Now there's a SINGER.
The name of the record? Crimson and Clover. And, indeed, I played it over and over. Just like Tommy wanted.
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2007-12-07: Added lyrics for "Born On The First Christmas Day"
2007-11-27: Added lyrics for "It's Christmas Again"
2007-02-21: By special request (Hola, Raul!), added lyrics for "You Got Me"
2007-02-12: By special request (Hola, Raul!), added lyrics for "Bobby, Don't Leave Me Alone," "Don't Want To Fall Away From You," and "The Magician"
2007-02-09: Added audio clip and lyrics to Coca-Cola commercial from 1967
2006-05-03: Our sincere condolences to Tommy and his family on the death of his mother, Belle Jackson