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COLUMBUS, Ind. — The week before Tommy James and the Shondells’ biggest career moment, the pop-rock singer and his backup singers sat in a Los Angeles hotel room in 1969 with the Beach Boys watching the top-rated “Ed Sullivan Show.”
The Beach Boys did their best to prepare James for his appearance the following week on the show, which they already had done several times. But then at the end of the broadcast, the famous host proudly announced his featured act for the following Sunday: Tony Jones and the Spondells.
The 66-year-old James, who will headline the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana concert Aug. 31 in Columbus, can afford to laugh at the memory.
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