He recorded it when he was 13. It became a hit when he was 14.
Tommy had recorded the song when he was 13 years old. Nothing happened so he moved onto other things. By the time he was 14, a DJ started playing the song.
"In late 1965, a Pittsburgh DJ started playing the two-year-old single of this and touted it as an "exclusive." Another Pittsburgh DJ played HIS copy of "Hanky Panky" at various dance parties and the resulting demand caused a "Hanky Panky" war. Bootleggers sold an estimated 80,000 illegal copies of the record before Roulette Records bought the original master for nationwide distribution."
Interview with Ron Foster: 1995: "One night we were playing for about a dozen people in this little club and the next night we were playing in front of 10,000 screaming fans. It was, like they say, literally overnight."
For 7 points: What was Abba's only US Number One hit?
B) Dancing Queen
C) Knowing Me, Knowing You
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