Tommy James & The Shondells

Thomas Gregory Jackson was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1947. He was a child model and began playing music before he was in his teens. His first band, formed when he was only 12 years old, was originally called Tom and the Tornados. Jackson later renamed his act as a tribute to one of his musical heroes, Troy Shondell. Shondell was a one-hit wonder, and the song—a rather syrupy concoction with an out-of-tune piano titled “This Time”—was a teen ballad in the Gene Pitney mode that charted on both sides of the Atlantic in 1961. Around this time, Jackson also took on the stage name of Tommy James.

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