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voices of all time.” And, lastly, Van Zandt is impressed with “his soul,” acknowledging that James made it a point to cam- paign for political candidates at a time in history when that simply wasn’t done. Most widely known as the leader of the world-reknown rock group, Tommy James and the Shondells, over the course of his 50-year career, James has amassed an enviable collection of hits to his credit including “Hanky Panky,” “Crystal Blue Per- NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 5 suasion,” “Crimson and Clover,” and “Sweet Cherry Wine.” Upon receiving his award, James tells the crowd, “I was born in Ohio, raised in Michigan, and adopted by Jersey,” reveal- ing he’s extremely happy to have had New Jersey as the “home state I’ve lived in for 45 years.” Following his induction — a bit later in the ceremony — James takes the stage to perform live for the sold-out crowd at The Paramount Theater. Here, Tommy opens with an un- INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 17