Tommy James & The Shondells & Eli “Paperboy” Reed

Episode 146

Aaron looks at a Massachusetts-born singer who immersed himself in blues-inspired soul while living in both Clarksdale, MS & Chicago and Brent spotlights a band from Niles, Michigan that rose to fame after a Pittsburg DJ played one of their songs he found in a used record shop.

Getting his nickname by donning a newsboy hat that once belonged to his grandfather, Aaron featurings three tracks from Eli “Paperboy” Reed.

With a catalogue of songs that have been covered by everyone from Joan Jett & Billy Idol to Tiffany & Prince, Brent picks out three songs from Tommy James & the Shondells.

This Week’s Playlist

  1. Hanky Panky – Tommy James & The Shondells – Hanky Panky (1966)
  2. Cut Ya Down – Eli “Paperboy” Reed – My Way Home (2016)
  3. Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James & The Shondells – Crimson & Clover (1968)
  4. 99 Cent Dreams – Eli “Paperboy” Reed – 99 Cent Dreams (2019)
  5. Draggin’ The Line – Tommy James – Christian Of The World (1971)
  6. The Satisfier – Eli “Paperboy” Reed – Roll With You (2018)

Show Notes

(05:40) Tommy James & The Shondells – Michigan Rock and Roll Legends
(06:33) The Raindrops – Original “Hanky Panky” – YouTube
(08:10) The Number Ones: “Hanky Panky” – Stereogum
(20:02) Journey To The Soul Of Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed – NPR
(21:40) Eli Paperboy Reed Finds His ‘Way Home’ — To Gospel – NPR
(27:40) Behind The Song: “Crystal Blue Persuasion” – American Songwriter
(29:07) New Vibration from Revelation? Tommy James’ Crystal Blue Persuasion – Pray For Surf
(32:11) Breaking Bad – Crystal Blue Persuasion Scene – YouTube
(38:23) Eli Paperboy Reed on Dr John & Johnny Adams – The Blues Kitchen Presents [Interview & Performance] – YouTube
(41:01) Eli “Paperboy” Reed feat. Big Daddy Kane – “99 Cent Dreams” Official Video – YouTube
(44:19) Beat Goes Bang | Draggin’ The Line – Archive
(44:28) R.E.M. | Draggin’ the Line – YouTube
(46:58) Interview With Tommy James – SongFacts
(57:25) Eli “PAPERBOY” Reed & The True Loves – Ace Of Spades – YouTube

Other Links

Band Websites

Tommy James & The Shondells
Eli “Paperboy” Reed

Listen to the Playlist


Videos Mentioned

(06:33) The Raindrops – Original “Hanky Panky” – YouTube
(32:11) Breaking Bad – Crystal Blue Persuasion Scene – YouTube
(38:23) Eli Paperboy Reed on Dr John & Johnny Adams – The Blues Kitchen Presents [Interview & Performance] – YouTube
(41:01) Eli “Paperboy” Reed feat. Big Daddy Kane – “99 Cent Dreams” Official Video – YouTube
(44:28) R.E.M. | Draggin’ the Line – YouTube
(57:25) Eli “PAPERBOY” Reed & The True Loves – Ace Of Spades – YouTube
Bands Mentioned
  • Eli “Paperboy” Reed
  • Tommy James & the Shondells
  • Joan Jett
  • Billy Idol
  • Tiffany
  • Prince
  • Sam Cook
  • Otis Redding
  • James Brown
  • Blind Boys of Mississippi
  • Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Mitty Collier
  • The Soul Stirrers
  • Matt Ross-Spang
  • Big Daddy Kane
  • The True Loves
  • Jimmy James
  • The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
  • Lucero
  • Foy Vance
  • North Mississippi Allstars
  • Tyler Bryant and the Showdown
  • Larkin Poe
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • Merle Haggard
  • Motorhead

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