After the loss of another musician to the great gig in the sky over the Easter break we thought we’d pay a birthday tribute to a musician still living.
As we’re running an “All about the Bass” offer during April, we’ve selected Tommy Shannon (born Thomas Lafitte Smedley, born this day in 1946, as he is a bass guitarist,
Shannon was born in Tucson, Arizona, and – compared with some to whom we pay tribute – started playing guitar at the relatively late age of nine; switching to bass aged twenty-one.
He appeared with Johnny Winter at Woodstock in 1969. He later joined Double Trouble, the band for which he is best known, in 1981. After Stevie Ray Vaughan’s death in 1990, Shannon and bandmate Chris Layton went on to form supergroups such as the Arc Angels and Storyville.
Shannon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Double Trouble in 2015.
Happy Birthday Tommy, here’s to many more!