Its origins are in some dispute. Both writers agree the title preceded the song. Lucia says it was his idea, based on the name of his Morristown high school football team, The Crimson — who played often against the team from nearby Hopatcong, a Native American name for a green place.
Tommy James said it was a title he thought of while waking up from a dream, and liked it, though unsure what it meant. It combined crimson, his favorite color, with his favorite flower, clover.
The band recorded it in about five hours. Tommy played many instruments, which he overdubbed onto track tape, which was brand new then in Lucia was on drums, and Mike Vale played bass. Towards the end of the song, they put the vocal through the guitar tremolo just for fun, and were surprised by how much they liked it, keeping that in the record.
The station recorded it, and without permission began playing their own bootleg of the song immediately. On the chart for months, it got kicked up to number one after a performance of it by the band on the Ed Sullivan show. And in , Prince recorded a great rendition of it, a slow-simmering passion record which he played live as well. The man knew a great song. At the time, James said this was out of "necessity and ambition", wanting to move from singles into albums. He departed from the group's principal songwriters Bo Gentry and Ritchie Cordell, and was given complete artistic control by Roulette Records.
The title, "Crimson and Clover", was decided before a song had been written for it. The combination of unknown meaning came to James as he was waking up, comprising his favorite color — crimson — and his favorite flower — clover. There is also a species of clover native to Europe called the crimson clover. A song to fit the phrase was written by Tommy James and bassist Mike Vale, but was scrapped. His following collaboration with drummer Peter Lucia, Jr.
During the song's production, Roulette Records wanted a new single, so the group agreed to release " Do Something to Me " to gain time to complete the song. The song contains a tremolo effect on the guitar, set so that it vibrated in time with the song's rhythm.
Near the end of the recording, the band had an idea of utilizing the tremolo effect with vocals. To achieve this, the voice microphone was plugged into an Ampeg guitar amplifier with tremolo turned on, and the output from the amplifier was recorded while James sang "Crimson and clover, over and over".
The band was still intending to improve on the mix with ambient sound and echo. A few days later, James stopped at Chicago radio station WLS , where he had previously had a positive experience, to get their reaction. After an interview discussing the single, he was persuaded to play his copy of the rough mix off-air for WLS. Unbeknownst to James, the station recorded the song which they aired with little delay — in November — as a "world exclusive".
Morris Levy had initially pleaded with WLS not to play the record prematurely, before its release, but listener response changed his mind. Roulette Records produced a specially pressed single and shipped it to listeners who called about the song.
Eight hundred copies were also sent to WLS for promotional purposes. Levy refused to let James produce the final mix he wanted, and the single was released using the rough mix, with "Some Kind of Love" as its B-Side. Despite this, the song did not chart in the United Kingdom. Based on suggestions from radio stations, Tommy James and The Shondells chose to create a longer version of "Crimson and Clover" for the album.
The first two verses were copied without lead vocals and overdubbed with guitar solos by Shondells guitarist Ed Gray using steel guitars and fuzz guitars. During tape copying a slight speed error was inadvertently introduced. This resulted in a small drop in pitch during the new guitar solo sections, which went unfixed.
The CD booklet states that "Crimson and Clover" is now as it was "meant to be heard," and that Tommy James is "very satisfied" with the reissue of the recordings in CD format. The reissue single of "Crimson and Clover" Roulette Golden Goodies GG was also pressed with the longer album version although the label still shows the original single version playing time of Patrick Samson reached 1 in Italy with the cover with alternative lyrics "Soli si muore".
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