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Kayos Promotions Newswire 4/1/05 

Tommy James Re-Records "Sweet Cherry Wine" With The Kootz


Single To Be Released Exactly 36 Years After Original

New York, NY (March xx, 2005) - Tommy James has re-recorded his classic track " Sweet Cherry Wine " in a Gospel fashion with NJ artists The Kootz to be released on March 23, 2005, the same week the original was released in 1969. Tommy James with The Kootz - "Sweet Cherry Wine" is from the forthcoming album Hold The Fire , set for Summer release on Aura Records.

"It was such an amazing journey how this new track came to fruition," states Tommy James.  "I never, in a million years, thought I'd ever be releasing "Sweet Cherry Wine" again.  But this version, at this moment, seemed so right and is exactly how I feel. "

" Sweet Cherry Wine" was leaked March 2 on the Phlash Phelps Show on XM Satellite Radio.  It will officially premier on March 26th during the 'Tommy James Anthology' on XM's "The Sixties Channel" at 11:00AM Eastern, and again at 9:00PM EASTERN. 

The track will also be debuted on terrestrial radio through oldies WJMK 104 in Chicago.  An extremely rare occurrence, for an oldies station to play newly recorded music, it shows that the talented songwriting and staying power of Tommy James has the ability to transcend generations.  "Sweet Cherry Wine" will hit multiple formats out of the box including A/C, CHR, Gospel as well as Oldies. 

Available as both a disc and download on TommyJames.com, "Sweet Cherry Wine" will also be available through the ITunes Music Store.   Just last year Tommy James released "I Love Christmas" exclusively through ITunes.

Tommy James formed The Shondells in 1960 at the age of 12 in Niles, MI and recorded his first million-selling single "Hanky Panky" in 1964.  James has had 23 gold singles, 9 gold and platinum albums and has sold over 100 million records worldwide.   At one point in 1987, Tiffany and Billy Idol, with their versions of James' "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Mony Mony," fought it out for the top spot on the charts for a solid month, each eventually going to number one.   It was the first time in music history that two cover versions of songs by the same artist went number one back-to-back.

The songs by Tommy James are staples in American music history and have appeared in films, commercials and most recently, " Draggin' The Line " was the anthem for Mitsubishi's 2004/2005 global ad campaign.  Additionally, James owns the astounding statistic of having his songs covered professionally over 300 times!

For more information on "Sweet Cherry Wine" and Tommy James, check out www.tommyjames.com and for The Kootz info go to www.thekootz.com.