30 years ago today, on Nov. 21, 1987, Billy Idol reached the top of the Billboar…

Written by on November 21, 2017



30 years ago today, on Nov. 21, 1987, Billy Idol reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first & only time with a cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ “Mony Mony”.

Tommy James has talked about the night he wrote the song:

“True story: I had the track done before I had a title. I wanted something catchy like “Sloopy” or “Bony Maroney,” but everything sounded so stupid. So Ritchie Cordell and I were writing it in New York City, and we were about to throw in the towel when I went out onto the terrace, looked up and saw the Mutual of New York building (which has its initials illuminated in red at its top). I said, “That’s gotta be it! Ritchie, come here, you’ve gotta see this!” It’s almost as if God Himself had said, “Here’s the title.” I’ve always thought that if I had looked the other way, it might have been called “Hotel Taft”.

Here’s Tommy and The Shondells original version.

Which version do you prefer, the original or Billy’s?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkMgs3lFwkQ

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