This year marks James 40th anniversary as a hit recording artist, which began when his hit, Hanky Panky, hit No. 1 three years after its release.
James plans to make a big to-do by releasing a 40th anniversary box set in the fall but he refuses to rest on his laurels.
The man who sang I Think Were Alone Now and Mony Mony is working on new material; his latest single, Love Words, is rolling up the adult contemporary charts and an album, Hold The Fire, is set for release in July.
Considering James songs have been recorded by more than 300 artists, some wonder why he hasnt been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame but he doesnt mind.
He says he gets more mileage out of not being in because people keep asking about it and compares his situation to former New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto, who got more attention when he wasnt in the Baseball Hall of Fame than when he was finally admitted.
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