Tommy James and the Shondells – Crimson and Clover

Crimson and Clover was a rough draft that became a hit in 1968, and is well known for incorporating the tremolo effect on vocals.

An earlier song by the group was the sexual innuendo-laden Hanky Panky, but perhaps the group cleaned up its act for the political world. It’s common for politicians to appropriate popular songs to their election bids. Tommy James and his Shondells give us the twist of going on the road, in their case shilling for Vice President Hubert Humphrey, then campaigning for President.

It didn’t work. The Democratic candidate lost in 1968 to Republic nominee Richard Nixon.


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