TEARS FOR A TRUE LEGEND
Musician Tommy lived life to its fullest and loved being on stage
One of Ayrshire’s most famous sons has passed away following a glittering career spanning six decades in showbusiness.
Tommy Truesdale was 83.
His life on stage as a rock and roll– and then country and western- singer saw ‘TT’ perform with some of the world’s biggest names.
He shared the limelight with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Don Williams and Brenda Lee.
Tommy, who grew up in Annbank, had his first gig with Joe Duffy in the Merrick Hall in Dalmellington in November 1957.
His famous band The Sundowners were a staple throughout the years as TT enjoyed a long and respected career in the music industry.
Tommy, who had also been a Killoch miner for a short time, finally bowed out of showbusiness in 2018.
Speaking to the Ayrshire Post back then, he remarked: “I am just so grateful for the amazing stage career I have had.
“It has not been easy, at times so busy, but I have always had great fans and some great times.”
Tommy, who lived in Ayr, was married to his wife Marjory for 46 years before her death 13 years ago.
He had residencies which lasted years at the Bobby Jones, Barrowlands in Glasgow and New Cumnock.
He played with the Andy Currie Big Band at Ayr Pavilion and was asked to do a gig down a pit in Durham.
There were also appearances at the Marquee and 2i’s Coffee Bar in London and playing live with Marty Wilde and Showaddywaddy.
Five albums, three long players and eight singles produced some memorable recordings including his best known Somewhere Between, Seven Spanish Angels, Older Women and Sunflower.
In 1990, he was voted Scotland’s top country vocalist. Tommy was also loved by fans on the wireless, where he hosted a popular show on West Sound Radio, and latterly on Irvine Beat FM.
A statement from Irvine Beat FM confirmed the sad news of his passing.
It read: “It is with great sadness we announce that our great presenter, friend and colleague Tommy Truesdale passed away in the early hours of this morning.
“Everyone from Irvine Beat FM sends their condolences to his fans, family and friends”.