Thomas Wesley Stewart Jr.
Tommy Stewart was born on November 19th, 1939. He was drawn to music at a very early age thanks to his mother, a song writer, vocalist and choir conductor. In 1964 he played with Fred Wesley and members of the 55th Army band. He wrote and composed for TV and even played with Blue Note recording artist Duke Pearson. In 1973 he arranged and composed a musical score called “The Burning of Atlanta” for Buddha Records and later on, worked as arranger, producer, performer and writer for the likes of Clarence Carter, Candy Staton, Johnny Taylor, Major Lance, Eddie Kendricks, Luther Ingram, Millie Jackson, Flip Wilson, Roy Gaines, Tamiko Jones and many others. The self titled LP, recorded in 1976 in Atlanta and Memphis with pieces like “Bump And Hustle Music” has Stewart often labeled as the innovator of disco-funk.