Percussionist Tommy Wells Dies at 62

Tommy Wells

Tommy Wells

Percussionist Tommy Wells passed away Tuesday evening (Sept. 24) after a brain aneurysm. He was 62.

Wells received his first drum kit before he was in his teens; In 1969, he attended Berklee College of Music, before returning to Detroit to perform with groups Dust and First Gear. He also did studio work in Detroit at GM Recording, Pampa, United, Golden World, The Funk Factory and MoTown. He then moved to Nashville in 1977, where he toured and recorded with Gene Cotton and American Ace, as wells as rock group RPM.

Wells’ credits included performing with Charlie Daniels, Ricky Van Shelton, Charley Pride, Porter Wagoner, Roy Clark, The Statler Brothers, and  Foster & Lloyd, among others.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 3 at Jay’s Place Recording Studio (located at 1508 17th Ave. S.) beginning at 5 p.m.


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