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MB_didyouknow-thumb.jpgWe all know the famous song “Mony Mony” by Tommy James and the Shondells. But, did you know that it was actually inspired by a New York billboard?

In 1968, Tommy James was living at West 52nd and Eighth Avenue, on the 18th floor of a highrise. On one winter night, he and his writing partner were struggling to come up with lyrics to a brand new song, where they were specifically looking for a girls name that was previously unheard of. Tired and full of frustration, James stepped out onto his terrace and observed the Mutual of New York sign, which just read “MONY” with a dollar sign in the center of the O. He immediately knew he had the name he was looking for.

“Mony Mony” peaked at #3 on the pop charts that June.

1 Comment so far

  1. Velvet Sea (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

    that building is still around:

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