Today on our ‘Tickets @ 2’ feature, be listening for “Crystal Blue Persuasion” by Tommy James & the Shondells. The 1969 hit charted at #2.

In our interview with Tommy James, he explained: “‘Crystal Blue’ was interesting. First of all, I was becoming a Christian at that time. We never thought that doing something semi-religious was any big deal. We didn’t think of it as being politically incorrect or anything like that. We did what felt right. I wrote ‘Crystal Blue Persuasion’ with Eddie Gray and Mike Vale. Crystal Blue is a reference to the Book of Revelation. It’s out of the Bible, right out of Chapter 19, about the lake of crystal.”

When it came out in 1969, the perception was that of a drug reference, “not so” says Tommy.

When we play it between two and three we’ll take lucky caller 13 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) to win a pair of tickets to see Fleetwood Mac, July 3rd at Staples Center. Good luck!


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