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JohnH Dec-04-2006 5:47 PM

Tommy Bolin, gone 30 years today Dec 4
Am surprised nobody's posted about this...After his final show, the first date of a tour opening for Jeff Beck in Miami, Tommy Bolin died of a multiple drug overdose in the early morning hours of December 4. What a terrible, senseless loss of a great musician. With people like Glenn and Jeff Beck (who I saw in Sept) still out there performing at their best in their mid 50s (and Beck is 62) who knows what Tommy could have been accomplishing at 55.


Beese Dec-04-2006 6:07 PM

A great shame indeed.

RIP Tommy

toadsterama Dec-04-2006 7:01 PM

I have a few dozen Tommy Bolin releases...from his days with Zephyr, Energy, James Gang, Deep Purple and as a solo artist. I have all of the Tommy Bolin Archives releases - demos, live albums, guest sessions, you name it. And I continue to be amazed at the depth of talent that man had. Gone, but surely not forgotten.


musicnracin Dec-05-2006 6:27 AM

No doubt, Tommy was still just a youngster and I'm sure his best was yet to come...sadly, we'll never know.....

Fedor Dec-05-2006 7:59 AM

Thanks for the reminder... By coincidence I picked up a cd with Tommy Bolin this morning to play in the car on my way to work. (Bang and Miami demos - James Gang) It must have been in my subconsciousness or something... 30 years... can you believe that. A great musician Tommy was.

- Fedor

gungrog Dec-05-2006 8:53 AM

Gone but not forgotten. RIP, Tommy :thumbsup:

wolfysmith Dec-05-2006 3:23 PM

i am still accumulating his archive material. the sheer volume and quality of his demos is truly amazing. A real loss to the music world.

Wild Dogs is still in my top 10 all time songs.

Gustavo Martins Dec-05-2006 4:11 PM

The great Tommy! RIP!

jbyrne Dec-06-2006 2:00 PM

Tommy B.
The man was too young but alas the light that burns twice as bright burns half as long!

Keith Thompson Dec-06-2006 5:01 PM

Tommy Bolin. What a waste! Songs like Wild Dogs, Teaser, Lotus, Dreamer (with Glenn) Toastee, People People, Sweet Burgundy will always talk to me. I am just glad I saw him live. A true innocent. An amazing talent.

Andrew Steed Dec-11-2006 1:25 PM

Just been playing Whips and Roses. So much fantastic music that wasn't released at the time and we've had to wait so long for.

David Dec-04-2007 8:57 AM

...a year later....31 years ago today :(

Inmaculada Dec-04-2007 10:32 AM

yep 31... as many others I was too young then but discovered him many others will do in the future... such a real touching talent won't ever disappear...


toadsterama Dec-04-2007 7:44 PM

31 Years ago today, Tommy Bolin...
Tommy Bolin passed away in the early morning hours of December 4th, 1976, following the opening show of a tour supporting Jeff Beck.

He was an amazing, vital, creative musician. Who knows what could have been, had he lived?



JohnH Dec-04-2007 9:47 PM

Have thought about this all day. Losing musicians so young is a tragedy.


Stormbringer74 Dec-05-2007 2:12 AM

miss you Tommy.... :(

Stormbringer74 Dec-05-2007 2:28 AM

miss you Tommy... :( :(

Harry le chat Dec-05-2007 9:22 AM

:rose: :rose: For you Tommy. We all miss you.

Chip Dec-05-2007 5:56 PM

Calvary Cemetery
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Tommy's resting place. Calvary Cemetery - Sioux City, Iowa

Stormbringer74 Dec-06-2007 3:32 AM

thanks for the photos Chip...

wolfysmith Dec-04-2008 7:13 AM

32 years ago today :(

I recently came across a 20 minute interview with Tommy recorded November 26th 1975 by 7HO radio station in Melbourne, Australia.

a great listen. search didnt find it on here - or is it David?

If not i will see if i can get it converted to mp3 and posted.

David Dec-04-2008 7:22 AM


Originally Posted by wolfysmith (Post 36574)
a great listen. search didnt find it on here - or is it David?

If not i will see if i can get it converted to mp3 and posted.

Don't believe so Paul, only this one from a 1976 USA radio broadcast.

Fast Joey Dec-04-2008 8:49 AM

It really is a tribute to his talents that so many continue to miss him dearly after all this time...RIP Tommy...

Ben Dec-04-2008 9:40 AM

Imagine what music he'd be producing today...........

RIP 'Wild Dog'!

toadsterama Dec-04-2008 9:48 AM

RIP, incredible talent. And for all he did in the short time he was around, there was still so much untapped potential. Who knows where he might have gone musically?

And of course my thoughts go out to those who knew him personally - most notably his brother Johnnie, and Glenn.


Supergiovane88 Dec-04-2008 12:38 PM

RIP Tommy

Stormbringer74 Dec-05-2008 3:16 AM

RIP Mister Tommy Bolin... :(

JohnH Dec-05-2008 6:22 PM

Talked about him at work a lot yesterday. And as usual, Both top car trip cds Cobham's Spectrum and Come Taste The Band made the car trip to Vegas again last weekend.

Chip Jan-28-2009 6:23 PM

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Rolling Stone - Issue 230 - Jan. 13, 1977

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