Ayrshire Post

TEARS FOR A TRUE LEGEND

Musician Tommy lived life to its fullest and loved being on stage

- STUART WILSON

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”.

 ??  ?? Legend Tommy Truesdale has died aged 83. Inset below is Tommy at the Wee Windaes’ Burns Supper Top Table
Legend Tommy Truesdale has died aged 83. Inset below is Tommy at the Wee Windaes’ Burns Supper Top Table
 ??  ?? Showbiz couple Tommy Truesdale with Brenda Lee
Showbiz couple Tommy Truesdale with Brenda Lee
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Pals Tommy with Don Williams
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Money shot Tommy with Johnny Cash
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 ??  ?? Golden memories Tommy Truesdale and The Sundowners in STV pop show One Night Stand, on March 12, 1964. Tommy recalls that Lulu and Dave Berry were among the guests
Golden memories Tommy Truesdale and The Sundowners in STV pop show One Night Stand, on March 12, 1964. Tommy recalls that Lulu and Dave Berry were among the guests

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