Tommy James, “Draggin’ the LIne”


Today is Duke Ellington’s birthday, but I hope you’re not too disappointed to learn that I am much more excited about the fact that it is Tommy James’ birthday today (b.1947). Duke Ellington’s sister once came to one of my shows, but I’m not certain I could even identify any of Ellington’s music. But I had several 45s by Tommy James and the Shondells when I was a kid (on the Roulette label, a colorful story there). Very hard to choose which song to post today, out of several favorites….but since this one has been in my head for the past several days anyway, I guess this is fated to be it:

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