Tommy McCook

Real Name:
Thomas Matthew McCook
Profile:
3 March 1927 – 5 May 1998
Founding member of The Skatalites and The Supersonics. 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 Don Drummond, Cluett Johnson and Ken Williams (6). In 1954 he moved to Nassau, Barbados to play gigs in Clubs next to Ernest Ranglin. 1956 he moved to Miami, Florida where he first got into contact with Jazz music. He was heavily influenced by hearing 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 Clement "Coxsone" Dodd and 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 Jackie Mittoo, Lloyd Knibbs and Johnny Moore, which got later released as Jazz Jamaica. Out of this session emerged one of Jamaica's most important bands Skatalites(June 1964). The Skatalites made several hundred instrumental recordings, mostly for Dodd's Studio One and backed the gamut of Jamaica's vocalists on hundreds more. After Don Drummond murdered his girlfriend in 1965, they crashed and split up. McCook was now producing records for Reid's Treasure Isle. At that point he started his new band Supersonics. 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 Jimmy Cliff's band for a BBC special on Cliff meeting Jazz artist Herbie Mann. After 1975 he played at Channel One's studio band Revolutionaries. 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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Tommy McCook Discography Tracks

Albums

Tommy McCook - Greater Jamaica Moon Walk - Reggay album art Tommy McCook Greater Jamaica Moon Walk - Reggay (Album) Treasure Isle, Treasure Isle Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
Tommy McCook - Tommy McCook album art Tommy McCook Tommy McCook Attack UK 1974 Sell This Version
ATLP 1004 Tommy McCook - Green Mango album art Tommy* and Bobby* Tommy* and Bobby* - Green Mango(LP, Album) Attack ATLP 1004 UK 1974 Sell This Version
Tommy McCook - Step Forward Youth album art I Roy* vs. Prince Jazbo* / Tommy McCook & The Agrovators* I Roy* vs. Prince Jazbo* / Tommy McCook & The Agrovators* - Step Forward Youth (Album) Live And Love UK 1975 Sell This Version
Tommy McCook - Brass Rockers album art Tommy McCook and The Agrovators* Tommy McCook and The Agrovators* - Brass Rockers (Album) Total Sounds UK 1975 Sell This Version
Tommy McCook - King Tubby Meets The Agrovators At Dub Station album art Tommy McCook & The Agrovators* Tommy McCook & The Agrovators* - King Tubby Meets The Agrovators At Dub Station (Album) Live and Love UK 1975 Sell This Version
Tommy McCook - Reggae In Jazz album art Tommy McCook Reggae In Jazz (Comp) Eve (2) UK 1976 Sell This Version
CR-1004 Tommy McCook - Lovers Time album art Tommy McCook & The Agrovators* Tommy McCook & The Agrovators* - Lovers Time(LP, Album) Carl's Records CR-1004 US 1976 Sell This Version
GROL 510 Tommy McCook - Horny Dub (Glen Brown Meets Tommy McCook At Cross Roads Caledonia Place) album art Tommy McCook Horny Dub (Glen Brown Meets Tommy McCook At Cross Roads Caledonia Place)(LP, W/Lbl) Grounation GROL 510 UK 1976 Sell This Version
Tommy McCook - Super Star - Disco Rockers album art Tommy McCook & The Agrovators* Tommy McCook & The Agrovators* - Super Star - Disco Rockers (Album) Weed Beat Jamaica 1977 Sell This Version
GMLP 002 Tommy McCook - Blazing Horns album art Tommy McCook & Bobby Ellis Tommy McCook & Bobby Ellis - Blazing Horns(LP, Album) Grove Music GMLP 002 UK 1977 Sell This Version
JUS LP 07 Tommy McCook - Instrumental album art Tommy McCook Instrumental(LP, Album) Justice (2) JUS LP 07 Jamaica 1978 Sell This Version
DSR7832 Tommy McCook - Lovers Rock album art Tommy McCook Lovers Rock(LP) Rootsman DSR7832 Jamaica 1978 Sell This Version
WLN 001 Tommy McCook - Yabby U Meets Sly & Robbie Along With Tommy Mc Cook album art Yabby U*, Sly & Robbie, Tommy McCook Yabby U*, Sly & Robbie, Tommy McCook - Yabby U Meets Sly & Robbie Along With Tommy Mc Cook(LP, Album) WLN Music WLN 001 UK 1982 Sell This Version
Tommy McCook - Cookin' Shuffle album art Tommy McCook Cookin' Shuffle (Album) Peter Pan Industries US 1995 Sell This Version
MR122 Tommy McCook - The Authentic Ska Sound Of Tommy McCook album art Tommy McCook The Authentic Ska Sound Of Tommy McCook(CD, Album) Moon Ska MR122 US 1998 Sell This Version
Tommy McCook - The Sannic Sounds Of Tommy McCook album art Tommy McCook The Sannic Sounds Of Tommy McCook (Album) Dub Store Records, Dub Store Records, Dwyer Records (2) Japan 2015 Sell This Version
PSCD 97 Tommy McCook - Super Dub Disco Style album art Bunny Lee & The Aggrovators, Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators Bunny Lee & The Aggrovators, Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators - Super Dub Disco Style(2xCD) Pressure Sounds PSCD 97 UK 2018 Sell This Version
CR1006 Tommy McCook - Sly And Robbie Presents Tommy McCook  album art Sly & Robbie Presents Tommy McCook Sly & Robbie Presents Tommy McCook - Sly And Robbie Presents Tommy McCook (LP, Album) Carl's Records CR1006 US Unknown Sell This Version
FDRL 200 Tommy McCook - Latin Goes Ska album art Tommy McCook & The Skatalites Tommy McCook & The Skatalites - Latin Goes Ska(LP) Treasure Isle FDRL 200 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
LS 2003 Tommy McCook - Reggay At It's Best album art Tommy McCook Reggay At It's Best(LP, Album) Lanarc Enterprises LS 2003 Canada Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Tommy McCook - Peanut Vendor / People's Business album art Tommy McCook / Shenley Duffus Tommy McCook / Shenley Duffus - Peanut Vendor / People's Business(7", Single) ND Records (2) none Jamaica 1963 Sell This Version
Tommy McCook - Below Zero / Never Get Weary album art Tommy McCook, Lee Perry Tommy McCook, Lee Perry - Below Zero / Never Get Weary Muzik City Records Jamaica 1963 Sell This Version
none Tommy McCook - Sca-Ba / Don't Let That   album art Tommy McCook / Shenley Duffus Tommy McCook / Shenley Duffus - Sca-Ba / Don't Let That (7", Single) Rolando & Powie none Jamaica 1963 Sell This Version
WI-124 Tommy McCook - Junior Jive / Power album art Tommy McCook / Horace Seaton* Tommy McCook / Horace Seaton* - Junior Jive / Power(7", Single) Island Records WI-124 UK 1963 Sell This Version