Son of a 6’6” tap-dancing mandolin playing Vaudevillian and a homemaker nurse, Tom had a natural flair and attraction for the arts and humanities. Early performances included trumpets, drums, guitar and on piano. One of his earliest performances with his father was a rendition of Al Jolson’s “Quarter to Nine” and an interpretation of “That’s All Right, Mama,” with his Elvis Presley impersonating brother, Richard, in 1955.

As his desire for the muses developed, he chose to concentrate and embrace a life of expressing his impressions through words, music and literature. His early band, The Barracudas,” recorded their first single in NYC in 1964 titled “She’s Gone.” After a time apprenticing as a recording engineer, film editor and copywriter, Tom set out to make his mark with his own songs. He was signed to UA music, TRO, RSO, and 4th Floor Music before starting his own music publishing company.

Also during this time Tom became an A&R consultant to attorney and music business legend Johanon Vigoda who with his partner Paul Marshall brought the Beatles first album and singles to the U.S. on Randy Wood’s VJ records who also had the Jersey Boys Four Seasons, and many many more.

In New York City and later Los Angeles Tom worked as a production associate of Robert Margoleff and English master bassist Malcolm Cecil, as they co-produced or produced Richie Havens, Stevie Wonder, Lothar and the Hand People, Janis Ian, Blues Magoos, Minnie Riperton, Bobby Womack, Tontos Expanding Head Band, Syretta Wright, Bill Wolfer, Billy Preston,  and some big name bands including John Lennon’s Rock and Roll Sessions at the Record Plant West with the Rolling Stones, Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr and a whole host of others.

Tom spent a lot of time in the ‘60s living the fast life in Greenwich Village and experiencing the American Music Renaissance created by the likes of Bob Dylan, Fred Neil, James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, The Blues Project, Thelonious Monk, the Modern Jazz Quartet, The Fugs, Jean Monteray, Gene Clark and the Byrds, Eric Burdon, and many others from both sides of the Atlantic. He had a great love for the early pioneers of folk music also, including Woodie Guthrie, Pete Seeger, The Weavers, Peter Paul and Mary, and a dear friend from the early days, Odetta.

Living in New York presented a vast array of opportunities to mix and mingle with the movers and shakers of the 60s and later on the entire musical, arts and creative cultures of America.  His acquaintances and friends included Richard Kiley, star of Man of LaMancha and other fine Broadway Musicals, James Rado, Galt McDermott, Jimmy Ragni and Michael Butler who wrote and produced the Broadway smash hit and later cultural phenomenon, Hair. During this time he also met and later married singer Emmy Lou Harris in the early years of their careers. The marriage lasted a short while but the friendship still continues. He also nurtured life-long friendships with Joni Mitchell, Buffy St. Marie, Michelle Phillips, actress Sally Kirkland, Lily Tomlin and partner Jane Wagner.

In 1970 Tom moved to England to briefly attend the London School of Economics and record an album for Robert Stigwood Organization that unfortunately was never completed. In lieu of this Tom spent a lot of time at Oxford with Brian Auger, Jules Driscoll and The Trinity, quite an experience. Those were they days my friend, and he lived them with great passion to their end. Then Tom went on to live in various places throughout Europe and America including London, Brusselles, Monte Carlo, Oostende, Amsterdam, Nashville, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cultural centers continuing his varied musical and film projects.

Tom has collaborated and created with many exceptional talents. See his collaboration page!

Currently Tom is researching his past works for a new release of a compilation CD.