Tommy McCook

Thomas Matthew McCook

Also known as "The Great" Tommy McCook, 'Sir' Tommy McCook R.I.P., Cook, Cool, Jimmy McCook, Mc Cook, Mc. Cook, McCook, McCook, Tommy, T, T McCook, T. Mc Cook, T. McCook, T. McCookc, T. McCool, T.Mc.Cook, T.McCook, Tammie, Thomas McCook, Timmy McCook, TM, Tommy, Tommy M'Cook, Tommy Macook, Tommy Mc Cook, Tommy Mc. Cook, Tommy Mc.Cook, Tommy Mccook & His Group, Tommy McCook Quintet, Tommy McCook, Quintet, Tommy McCooke, Yommy Mc Cook
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Discography of Tommy McCook:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Blazing Horns / Tenor In Roots 22 Audio 2003-10-06 Blood & Fire
2 Cookin' 12 Audio 1996 Trojan Records
3 Cookin' 12 Audio 1995 Horse
4 Boom-Shacka-Lacka / Dynamite 2 Audio 1970 Duke Reid
5 Festival Song Boom-Sha-Ka-Lacka / Dynamite 2 Audio Duke Reid Greatest Hits
6 Step Forward Youth 12 Audio 1975 Live And Love
7 King Tubby Meets The Agrovators At Dub Station 25 Audio 2007 Trojan Records
8 Blazing Horns 9 Audio 1977 Grove Music
9 Fook Sang / Starry Night 2 Audio 1967-07-28 Trojan Records
10 Ain't That Lovin' You / Comet Rock Steady 2 Audio 2008 Trojan Records
11 Love Is A Treasure / Zazuca 2 Audio 1967 Trojan Records
12 Occupation / Don De Lion 2 Audio
13 Gorgonwise / Kojak 2 Audio Hot Stuff (2)
14 Tommy McCook Featuring Bobby Ellis 14 Audio 2004-08-23
15 Vacation / Occupation 2 Audio 1964 Ska Beat
16 The Pill / Spring Fever 2 Audio 1970 Crab
17 Kojak / Cannon 2 Audio 1975 Vulcan
18 Sidewalk Doctor / Grooving Out On Life 2 Audio 1971 Baron's
19 Rocket Ship / Turn Them Back 2 Audio Treasure Isle
20 I'm In The Mood For Love / Eight Years After 2 Audio 2009 Hep Hep Records
21 King Tubby Meets The Agrovators At Dub Station 12 Audio Attack (4)
22 Tenayistillin / Mandella 2 Audio Clinch Records
23 Bridge View 2 Audio Town And Country (2)
24 Two For One / I Don't Know 2 Audio 1964 Black Swan
25 Last Flight To Reggae City 2 Audio 1968 Unity (3)
26 Fisherman Special 2 Audio 1974 Prophet (2)
27 Brass Rockers 12 Audio
28 Tommy McCook 12 Audio 1974 Attack
29 The Best Of Tommy McCook And The Skatalites 17 Audio 1999 Heartbeat Records (2)
30 Tommy's Flute / Charming Version 2 Audio 2004 Clinch Records
31 Dance With Me / Rock With I 2 Audio Striker Lee
32 Dub Scrub Them / Dub Scrub Them 2 Audio Striker Lee
33 Brass Rockers 12 Audio 2010 Jamaican Recordings
34 Move Out 2 Audio 1975 Horse
35 Tommy's Last Stand 15 Audio 2001 Creole Records
36 It May Sound Silly 2 Audio 1999
37 Ruff And Tuff / When You Call My Name 2 Audio 1970 Treasure Isle
38 Lock Jaw / My Desire 2 Audio 1969 Trojan Records
39 Deep In My Soul 2 Audio 2010 Trojan Records
40 Moving Out / Dance With Me 2 Audio Clocktower Records
41 Look Over Your Shoulder / The Kiss 2 Audio 1970 Jackpot (2)
42 Shake It Loose / Shaking Version 2 Audio 1972 Pama Records
43 Hot Lava 10 Audio Justice (2)
44 Cheater / Harvest In The East 2 Audio Impact!
45 Tommy's Flute 4 Audio 1974 Clinch Records
46 This Is A Sad World / A Little Bit Of Heaven 2 Audio Dutchess
47 One Life To Live / My Best Dress 2 Audio Treasure Isle
48 Anyone Who Had A Heart/Youth Man 2 Audio 1979 Kingley Sounds
49 Dubbing With Horns 14 Audio 2011 Jamaican Recordings
50 Dubbing With Horns 18 Audio 2011 Jamaican Recordings


3 March 1927 – 5 May 1998

Founding member of [a=Skatalites, The] and [a=Supersonics, The]. Very important jamaican saxophone player.

He was born in Havana, Cuba. When his father worked at Panama Canal, the familly moved to Jamaica in 1933. He went to Alpha School, which gave him a good musical eduction. His career started in 1943 when he performed in Eric Dean Orchestra, one of the best at that time on the whole island. Then he switched to Don Hitchman's sextet. This band was one of the first jamaican Bands ever got recorded (1952/1953). This happened at the first radio station in Jamaica, Z or Zed QI. In the early fifties, Tommy was a soloist in the greatest band to coalesce in Jamaica before The Skatalites, Roy Coburn's Blu-Flames featuring [a=Don Drummond], [a=Cluett Johnson] and [a=Ken Williams (6)]. In 1954 he moved to Nassau, Barbados to play gigs in Clubs next to [a=Ernest Ranglin]. 1956 he moved to Miami, Florida where he first got into contact with Jazz music. He was heavily influenced by hearing [a=John Coltrane], whose tunes he first played when he moved back to Jamaica in 1962. He played with a lot of musicians, which can be found on a lot of early ska recordings, but until 1964 he always denied offer by [a=Clement "Coxsone" Dodd] and [a=Arthur "Duke" Reid]. He was a known musician for adding Jazz to ska music. On sundays, he always went to play a regular session with other musicians like [a=Jackie Mittoo], [a=Lloyd Knibbs] and [a=Johnny Moore], which got later released as [r=1562855]. Out of this session emerged one of Jamaica's most important bands [a=Skatalites, The](June 1964). The Skatalites made several hundred instrumental recordings, mostly for Dodd's [l=Studio One] and backed the gamut of Jamaica's vocalists on hundreds more. After [a=Don Drummond] murdered his girlfriend in 1965, they crashed and split up. McCook was now producing records for Reid's [l=Treasure Isle]. At that point he started his new band [a=Supersonics, The]. Tommy led them until they disintegrated on a trip to Montreal Canada in 1969. In 1973 he went to the U.K. to work with [a=Jimmy Cliff]'s band for a BBC special on Cliff meeting Jazz artist Herbie Mann. After 1975 he played at [l=Channel One]'s studio band [a=Revolutionaries, The]. In 1983, Tommy started to reanimate the Skatalites, which worked out well and they as they saw that they could make out a living of touring, they restarted. He stopped playing around 1995, when his health condition got worse. He died on May 5, 1998 leaving his second wife, eight children and fourteen grand children.


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