Renowned bassist Tom T-Bone Wolk has passed away at the age of 58. He was the bass player for numerous bands including Jewel, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello, Carly Simon, Saturday Night Live and most notably Hall and Oates. He was also the writer of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper.
One of his dearest friends was John Oates who is an avid telemark skier and has lived in Aspen near the Aspen Ski Resort for over 25 years. Oates had this to say,
“His character was pure and his unique and quirky personality touched everyone he encountered. His musical sensibility was peerless, any instrument that he touched resonated with a sensitivity and skill level that I have never experienced while playing with any other musician. He possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of styles and musical history which he referenced to support all the artists that he played with over the years. He became our band’s musical director over time leading by example and by the deference and respect that everyone who played alongside him so rightfully accorded him. He made everyone he played with better. So many times when I’m working on a musical passage or part, I think to myself: “How would T-Bone play this” and aspire to his level every time I perform. To this day I always keep one of his “I Love Vermont” guitar picks with me where ever I go and know in my heart that starting today the Heavenly Band just got one of the greatest multi-instrumentalist of all time and that band will from this day forward sound better than they ever have before.”
Tough to say it much better than that.
RIP to a great guy and great musician.