"Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells was rush-released in late 1968 after a radio station released a rough cut of it. Tommy James and Peter Lucia Jr., the drummer of the band, wrote its lyrics around the title which mentions Tommy's favourite colour and flower. It was the band's most successful venture into the Psychedelic Pop/Rock sound. 52 years ago today, "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells scored the second of two weeks at No.1 on the Hot 100. This song became their second chart topper, "Hanky Panky" was their first in 1966. Of the many "Crimson and Clover" remakes that have been recorded through the years, the most successful has been Joan Jett's which peaked at No.7 on the Hot 100 in 1982. I love this recond quite much, it's in my Top Ten of favourite '60s songs.
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