Veteran pop-rock singer Tommy James is coming to Montgomery County Friday for a concert with his group, the Shondells. He is also promoting his book Me, the Mob and the Music. He says the book is not only about his life and his music, but also about the company he recorded for.
“It is the story that I’ve been waiting to tell for a very long time but didn’t feel that I could. Basically it’s the usual autobiography, but abut two thirds of the story is involved with our label, Roulette Records in New York, where we sold about 110 million records.”
In addition to being a functioning record company, James says Roulette was also a front that the Genovese organized crime family used for money laundering and other illegal activities. He says dealing with those people on a business level was a disaster, but it worked out musically because they were allowed to stay in the studio and be creative. Tommy James and the Shondells are performing this Friday, May 8, at the Keswick Theater in Glenside. He appeared Tuesday on the WNPV talk program Comment Please by Univest.