Tommy West, a music producer, songwriter and recording artist, greatest recognized for his work alongside Jim Croce, has died on the age of 78.
In confirming his passing, West’s household famous that the music veteran’s loss of life was the results of issues related to Parkinson’s illness.
Born in Jersey Metropolis, N.J., West started his musical profession in 1958 as co-founder of the Criterions, a doo-wop group which additionally featured future Manhattan Switch founder, Tim Hauser.
Three years later, whereas attending Villanova College, West recruited Croce for his newest group, a folks band known as the Villanova Spires. It might be the primary of a number of notable collaborations for the 2 musicians.
Following a stint within the Nationwide Guard, West turned a session singer, contributing to tracks recorded by Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Sammy Davis, Jr. and extra. A job at Capitol Information would additional implant him within the music business, as West and frequent collaborator Terry Cashman would pen songs for the favored TV present The Partridge Household.
West and Cashman would co-produce three albums within the early ‘70s for Croce: You Don’t Mess Round With Jim (1972), Life and Occasions (1973) and I Obtained a Identify (1973), the latter of which was launched after Croce tragically died in a plane crash. All three LPs achieved gold standing, whereas additionally spawning such hits as “Unhealthy, Unhealthy Leroy Brown,” “Time in a Bottle,” “Operator (That’s Not the Manner it Feels),” “I Obtained a Identify,” and “I’ll Should Say I Love You in a Track.”
West would go on to work with a large swathe of artists, together with Dion, nation artist Ed Bruce and Canadian singer Anne Murray.
Extra lately, the Buchanan Brothers – a late ‘60s trio that includes West, Cashman and buddy Gene Pistilli – had their 1969 tune “Son of a Lovin’ Man” featured in Quentin Tarantino’s movie As soon as Upon a Time in Hollywood.