I Think We’re Alone Now – Tommy James and The Shondells | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#4); 1967

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

A Christmas Eve recording session gave Tommy James a most rewarding present. On the afternoon of December 24th, 1966, a new crew gathered with Tommy and The Shondells at Manhattan’s Allegro studios. In attendance was ace arranger Jimmy “The Wiz” Wisner, whom Tommy requested after seeing his label credit on a favorite 45: Len Barry’s 1-2-3. Also, on hand were Bo Gentry and Richie Cordell: there to produce a song Richie had written called I Think We’re Alone Now. Originally conceived as a ballad, Tommy preferred a faster tempo paced by an eighth-note intro he created for the demo. As for the holiday work date, it was the only day everyone on the team had free. I Think We’re Alone Now reached #4 in April; the first of several hits crafted by Tommy’s new team. One of them – Mirage – was born after a recording engineer ran the Alone master tape backwards by accident. The resulting chord changes became the basis for Mirage which peaked at #10 in July.

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Produced by:

  • Ritchie Cordell

Lyrics Written by:

  • Ritchie Cordell