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What are Shondells as in Tommy James and the Shondells?

Question #126705. Asked by endoverend.
Last updated Dec 06 2019.
Originally posted Sep 01 2012 10:17 PM.

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Hello. Wikipedia suggests that Tommy James renamed his band to the Shondells as a tribute to one of his idols, Troy Shondell.
The band The Echoes formed in 1959 in Niles, Michigan, then evolved into Tom and the Tornadoes, with 12-year-old Tommy James (then known as Tommy Jackson) as lead singer. While attending Niles Public High School in Niles MI the group released its first single, "Long Pony Tail", in 1962. In 1964 James renamed the band the Shondells because the name "sounded good" and in honor of singer Troy Shondell, famous for his 1961 release "This Time."

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Sep 01 2012, 10:23 PM
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This article about Troy Shondell says that the band was named in his honor.
... in 1963, Tommy Jackson changed the name of his high school band from "Tom and the Tornados" to "The Shondells" in honor of Shondell (one of his musical idols).[1] Jackson became "Tommy James" and international fame followed for the act.

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Sep 03 2012, 4:37 AM
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