It Happened 50 Years Ago: Tommy James and the Shondells “Crystal Blue Persuasion” by Ray Schuck · Published July 26, 2019 · Updated July 15, 2019 Tommy James and the Shondells hit the Top 10 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart seven times, all between 1966 and 1969. Exactly 50 years ago, the last of those seven hits, “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” climbed to a peak position of number 2. How do you rate this post? Click on a star to rate it! Submit Rating Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0 No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.