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Niles native, rocker to be honored as ‘Michigan Favorite Son’ Tuesday in Lansing

Published 10:52pm Thursday, May 20, 2010

LANSING – Legendary rocker and Niles native Tommy James will be honored Tuesday at the State Capitol Building in Lansing.

Michigan Sen. Ron Jelinek, R-Thee Oaks and Rep. Sharon Tyler, R-Niles will recognize James as a “Michigan Favorite Son” at 10 a.m.

James, with his band the Shondells, landed 23 gold singles and nine platinum albums. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. His breakout hit, “Hanky Panky,” was recorded in Niles in 1964.

He went on to produce hits in “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Mony, Mony” and “Sweet Cherry Wine.”

His autobiography “Me, the Mob and the Music” was published earlier this year and will head to Broadway in 2011 and later to the silver screen in 2012.

“The fans have been so good over the years. They have always been there,” James told the Star in an interview earlier this year. “I’m just flattered and honored that we’re still doing this 44 years later…in a business that gives you to two to three years if you’re lucky.”

For more information on the book, read a feature story on James in the April 28 edition of the Star.

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