Tommy James and the Shondells
Tommy James and the Shondells
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      On May 27, 2011 Tommy James will be speaking at a fundraising luncheon in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hubert H. Humphrey, former Vice President and U.S. Senator from Minnesota. This event will will help raise funds to build a memorial on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capital and will be hosted by Humphrey's son, Hubert H. "Skip" Humphrey (who personally invited Tommy), and former Vice President Walter F. Mondale. The luncheon will take place at the Minneapolis Club in Minnesota and starts at noon.

      The long-time friendship between the rock legend and the high-profile public figure began in 1968 when then-Vice President Humphrey asked James to join him in his nationwide campaign for the presidency. Along the way, the young rock 'n' roll artist and the U.S. statesman became close friends, a relationship that continued until Mr. Humphrey's passing in 1978.

      The proposed memorial will honor Mr. Humphrey's years of service and legacy founded upon the principle that - in Mr. Humphrey's words - "the moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children, those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."

      The programs main feature will be a panel discussion by former Vice President Walter Mondale and Norm Sherman who was Press Secretary to Senator/Vice President Humphrey. Mr. James will be speaking of his time with Hubert Humphrey and, along with other dignitaries, will be recognized during proceedings.

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      Tommy James accepts an award from Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey on behalf of UNESCO in 1975. James had performed at a concert called:

"A NIGHT OF SOLID GOLD"

and the proceeds went to UNESCO.


 


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