Tommy James and the Shondells went to No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago with "Crimson and Clover."
The song was released at a time when the band was trying to change its reputation as a bubblegum music act. They transformed their sound completely, embracing the psychedelia that was all the rage in the late 1960s. The song became a classic and has been covered by artists ranging from Joan Jett to Prince.