Tommy James and the Shondells

In 1968-69, Tommy James and the Shondells had four Top Ten songs on the Billboard Charts: Crimson and Clover (#1), Crystal Blue Persuasion (#2), Mony Mony (#3) and Sweet Cherry Wine (#7).

Things couldn’t be better, right?


At a recent concert in Las Vegas, Tommy James revealed the BBC banned his music in 1968, punishing him for pulling out of a scheduled Great Britain concert tour. He cancelled the tour to help Hubert Humphrey campaign for President. Of course, Humphrey lost the election, and James lost revenue from a huge market for his music.

A year later he was invited to play a concert on a farm in rural New York. He said no, turning down the most iconic musical event of a generation – Woodstock.

Even after business owners attain success, we can always point out how it could have been even better. We just never seem to be satisfied.

To James’ credit, he shared these stories with no apparent bitterness or regret. That’s a good thing – and a lesson all business owners can learn.

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