Monday, November 24, 2014

Our Exclusive Tommy James Give-Away

This week marks the fifteenth anniversary of Forgotten Hits ...  

So what better way to celebrate than by giving away copies of Tommy James' Christmas CD's and LP's to our loyal readers!    

Congratulations to all of our Tommy James Trivia Contest Winners!   

Winning a copy of Tommy's Christmas CD are:   
Gary Theroux of Norwalk, CT  
Scott Paton of Fulton, MD  
Randy Price of New York,  NY 
(Wow!  All East Coast Winners!)   

Opting instead for the autographed copy of Tommy's Christmas LP were: 
Jack Levin of Wayne City, IL 
Dan Crabtree of Wheaton, IL 
(And both of THESE guys hail from the great state of Illinois!)   

They all knew all of the answers to our Tommy James Trivia Questions:  

Over the years, Tommy James recorded all different types of music ... dance and party music like "Hanky Panky" and "Mony Mony" ... bubblegum pop music like "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Mirage" ... psychedelia like "Crimson And Clover" and "Crystal Blue Persuasion" .. even gospel music like "Sweet Cherry Wine" and "Church Street Soul Revival".   

As such, Tommy's music crossed over on to ALL of Billboard's popular music charts of the day ... and therein lies your challenge to win a copy of this great holiday CD or album!   

Tommy James (both with The Shondells and as a solo artist) placed 32 songs on Billboard's Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart between 1966 and 1981.  TWO of those records went all the way to #1 ... name them.  
HANKY PANKY and CRIMSON AND CLOVER are the correct answers   

Six others made The Top Ten ... name them.  

One of these records crossed over to Billboard's R&B Singles Chart ... name it. HANKY PANKY   

A completely DIFFERENT record crossed over to Billboard's County Chart ... name it.  

And finally, five of Tommy's records charted on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart ... one of which went all the way to #1!!!  (And it's a record that did NOT top Billboard's Pop Singles Chart.  It IS, however the same title that crossed over to their Country Chart, where it peaked at #93.)  It became Tommy's biggest A/C hit at a point when most pop and rock and roll stations had already written Tommy off as an oldies act.  Name it.  

Runner's Up (because we had a few extras of each item to give away) include:  

LP - Pete Adler of Corpus Christi, TX  and John Earnest of Lemont, IL   
CD - Rich Turner of Safety Harbor, FL and Donald Rehrer, Jr. of Mechanicsburg, PA 
(Each of these guys got two answers wrong)  

Pete, John and Don each gave too much credit to Tommy's hit "Crystal Blue Persuasion" ... it did NOT top Billboard's Country Chart OR their Adult Contemporary Chart ...

And Rich, I felt so bad for you because I absolutely KNOW that you knew the correct answer ...    but look at what you sent me ... a Freudian slip for sure ... 

There is absolutely NO doubt in my mind that you KNEW the answer ... but went with the better known, more obvious title and blew it. As such, I just couldn't give it to you.  (That's why your teachers always told you to check your work!!!  Lol)  

But hey, it really doesn't matter ... 'cause you've still got a copy of Tommy's great Christmas CD coming your way!

VERY special thanks to Carol Ross and Tommy James for sending us these great Christmas give-away items (and turning this into an INCREDIBLE Anniversary Week!)  Happy Holiday Season Greetings to All!!!