Did You Know: “Mony Mony” by Tommy James & the Shondells

Our Friday ‘Tickets @ 2’ song of the day is “Mony Mony” by Tommy James and the Shondells.

The band formed in 1959 in Niles, Michigan, first as the Echoes, then under the name Tom and the Tornadoes, with Tommy James (then known as Tommy Jackson), then only 12, as lead singer. In 1964 James renamed the band The Shondells because the name “sounded good.”

Tommy came up with “Mony Mony” looking for a crazy party song. The title came about one night when the group was in New York, and James went to the hotel balcony, looked out and saw a huge neon sign on a building top flashing Mutual of New York life insurance. He took the initials and went with “Mony Mony.”

When we play it between two and three we’ll take caller #7 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) to win a pair of tickets to see Three Dog Night and The Grass Roots July 19th at the Pacific Amphitheatre.


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