Written by cycleguy on July 24th, 2014

I am on vacation this week and wanted to leave you with a “daily something.”

I was born in 1952. When I hit the mid ’60s Tommy James and the Shondells were stringing together hit after hit. Critics called it ‘bubblegum.” In 1968 they hit it big with Crimson and Clover and because of a scheduling conflict missed Woodstock. Things might have been totally different in many areas if they made that festival. But C&C was not my favorite song of theirs. Following that song they came out with Sweet Cherry Wine, a song Tommy says is about the blood of Christ. They then released what is my #1 favorite song of all: Crystal Blue Persuasion. Some of you will remember it. Some of you might remember it. Some of you will say, “Tommy who? Crystal Blue what?”

So here is my “daily something” for you today. Not at all like anything else this week. But I am unpredictable. 🙂 If you click on About then Show More it will tell you the story behind the song as well as give you the lyrics.

Enjoy! Have a good rest of the week.


Oh…and by the way Floyd. This one’s for you! I just couldn’t let you down. 🙂


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. the Old Adam says:

    I have always loved Tommy James’ music. I think he is way underrated.

  2. jeff says:

    I would have to agree with the critics. It was Bubblegum music. But Bubblegum sold then and it sells now. A lot of people like Bubblegum(Pop)music. Pop music wasn’t (isn’t) my thing but it entertains a lot of people which is all it is supposed to do. So enjoy it if that’s your thing.

  3. floyd says:

    You don’t disappoint, brother! I knew you couldn’t get through a week of posting songs and not mention your favorite!

    I have had Tommy James music most of my life, including that one, “Crystal Blue Persuasion” and never, until today, knew that it was about him coming to find The Truth… Wow. That’s really cool. Thanks, Bill.

    I might have to move that one ahead of “Draggin’ The Line”!

    Hope you had a great week with loved ones, hope as in the Biblical kind; confidence.

  4. I’ve never understood why people use bubblegum as a pejorative. Bubblegum is fun.