TOMMY EYRE




Very versatile and prolific keyboardist, he played with lots of fantastic bands. His name should be included in any hall of fame for keyboardists, and although his musical contributions are very extensive, he'll always be remembered by two of his most famous works:
The playing in Joe Cocker's original version of 'With a little help from my friends'. Tommy's organ arrangements gave the song such classy style.

The playing in the famous 'Baker Street' by singer Gerry Rafferty. Another eternal song.
He was born in Sheffield, and lived most of his life in England, but in the last years, he moved to the States, where he lived with his wife, wonderful violin player Scarlet Rivera.
Sadly, some months ago he was diagnosed with cancer. After a strong struggle against it, he finally left us in May 23rd, 2001. Rest in peace, Tommy...
BABYLON
This was his first known band. With young luminaries:

Carol Grimes (vocals)
John Goodsall (guitar)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
John Pearson (drums)
+ others unknown to me


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Carol Grimes
John Pearson
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John Goodsall

JOE COCKER & THE GREASE BAND
Although Joe Cocker was the star, his bands have always been commanded by the superb Chris Stainton. After their earlier lineups, Joe and Chris assembled new personnel in April 1968.

Joe Cocker (vocals)
Mickey Gee (guitar)
Chris Stainton (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Tommy Reilly (drums)
But soon after, in September 1968, Gee and Reilly leave the band. New members in October 1968, including the superb Henry McCullough.

Joe Cocker (vocals)
Henry McCullough (guitar)
Chris Stainton (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Kenny Slade (drums)
This was the lineup that recorded Joe Cocker's first album, the worldwide famous With a little help from my friends, although many other musicians were used in it. The complete lineup only appears in 1 song, a very beautiful rendition of 'Don't let me be misunderstood'. Some other great musicians in the album: Jimmy Page, Albert Lee, David Cohen (guitar), Carol Kaye (bass), Artie Butler, the great Matthew Fisher, Steve Winwood (keyboards), Paul Humpries, the much-missed B.J. Wilson, Clem Cattini, Mike Kellie (drums), Merry Clayton, Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Madeline Bell, Sunny Weetman, Rosetta Hightower (backing vocals). Tommy plays in 'Just like a woman', 'Don't let me be misunderstood' (playing a fantastic organ solo) and the eternal 'With a little help from my friends'. A classical album.

Finally, in 1999, the remastered version has appeared (it was about time!). It includes two bonus tracks: 'The new age of Lily' (B-side of 'Marjorine' single) and 'Something's coming on' (B-side of 'With a little help from my friends' single).

But by the time this album was released, Kenny Slade and Tommy had left the band (in January 69).

Recently, it has been released a live album, taken from BBC recordings. It's called On air. It contains superb (and wild!) performances. It's a pity the sound quality is not perfect, but believe me, the performances are great. Listening to the work they make in 'With a little help from my friends' (especially Tommy Eyre and the fantastic Henry McCullough), I can't help wondering why Joe Cocker needed to use Jimmy Page for the studio track! Henry McCullough rocks!! (listen to him, for example, in 'Can't be so bad', where Tommy's organ is also wild).

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Mickey Gee
Tommy Reilly
Kenny Slade
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Chris Stainton
Henry McCullough

AYNSLEY DUNBAR RETALIATION
As you can guess by their name, this was a band commanded by superb drummer Aynsley Dunbar. For their third album, To Mum from Aynsley and the boys, Tommy Eyre is added to the original quartet.

Victor Brox (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Jon Morshead (guitar, vocals)
Alex Dmochovski (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
This album was produced by Aynsley's former boss, John Mayall.

They shared bill with Frank Zappa band in Belgium, in the Amougies Festival, in October 1969, and in Paris, where Zappa puts his eyes on Dunbar, and ... soon after, Aynsley breaks the band to join him. Tommy was also offered the job in Mothers of Invention, but at the last minute Ian Underwood decided to stay, so Tommy didn't join.

There's a last album released, called Remains to be heard. But several songs sound like demos, so I don't know if the band members appear there.

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Aynsley Dunbar
Victor Brox
John Morshead
Alex Dmochovski

BLUE WHALE
This is the new band formed by Aynsley in 1969:

Paul Williams (vocals)
Ivan Zagni (guitar)
Roger Sutton (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
Robert Fripp (cerebrum in King Crimson) almost joined the group.

Tommy Eyre suggested Paul Williams for the vocalist role.

They released an album, Blue whale, in a progressive style, with long jamming songs. The album was recorded during March-April 1970, in London. Produced and engineered by Aynsley Dunbar and Colin Caldwell. Other musicians appearing in the album: Pete Friedberg (bass), Charles Greetham (sax), Edward Reay-Smith (trumpet).

After many years, this album has been finally released on CD, although it's really hard to find.

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Ivan Zagni
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Aynsley Dunbar
Paul Williams
Roger Sutton

JAKLIN
Don't know who he is.

Jaklin (guitar)
Andy Rae (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
John Pearson (drums)
They only released an album, Jaklin, before splitting.

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Andy Rae
John Pearson

JUICY LUCY
This band was formed by Glenn 'Ross' Campbell and Chris Mercer. But they went through many changes. For a short period, Tommy Eyre joined the band, when their original guitarist, Neil Hubbard, left. Tommy's mate, Paul Williams, call him to join them. But they didn't want a keyboardist, so Tommy played guitar while in the band!!

Paul Williams (vocals)
Glen 'Ross' Campbell (steel guitar)
Tommy Eyre (guitar)
Keith Ellis (bass)
Chris Mercer (tenor sax)
Rod Coombes (drums)
But Eyre leaves soon, being replaced by another great musician, Micky Moody.

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Glen 'Ross' Campbell
Keith Ellis
Rod Coombes
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Chris Mercer
Paul Williams

STRABISMUS
Tommy and Roger Sutton reunite here, starting their own project, called Strabismus. But the project was put on hold, when they got a call from Mark-Almond.

Alan Marshall (vocals)
Martin Ball (guitar)
Roger Sutton (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Ritchie Dalton (sax)
Rod Coombes (drums)
The only recordings they made, have finally surfaced under the name Riff Raff, on the 'new' album Outside looking in. Read below for details.

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Alan Marshall
Martin Ball
Ritchie Dalton
Rod Coombes
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Roger Sutton

MARK-ALMOND
Jon Mark (guitar) and Johnny Almond (sax, flute) were the members of this duo. Both played together in John Mayall band, recording the superb live album Turning point with Mayall and bassist Steven Thompson. In 1970, they started his career as a band, with Tommy Eyre and Roger Sutton:

Jon Mark (guitar, bass)
Johnny Almond (sax, flute)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Roger Sutton (bass, guitar)
They decided not to take a drummer, as it happened in the John Mayall bands where they played. This lineup released their first, selft-titled album, Mark-Almond, produced by Hugh Murphy.

In 1971, they were playing for a month on Ronnie Scott's jazz club, along with Charlie Mingus Band. Mingus' drummer, the veteran Danny Richmond was excited to join Mark-Almond on stage some nights, and due to fantastic crowd acceptance, he used some periods where Mingus band was inactive to join Mark-Almond:

Jon Mark (guitar, bass)
Johnny Almond (sax, flute)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Roger Sutton (bass, guitar)
Danny Richmond (drums
New album released: Mark-Almond II. But Roger Sutton leaves the band in the summer of 1972. And Tommy Eyre was to follow Roger very soon...

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Jon Mark
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Johnny Almond
Roger Sutton

RIFF RAFF
Tommy and Roger decided resuming their own project, but under a new name, Riff Raff. This was 1973.

Alan Marshall (vocals)
Pete Kirtley (guitar)
Roger Sutton (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Kenny Slade (drums)
After some rehearsals, Alan Marshall quickly quits.

Pete Kirtley (guitar, vocals)
Roger Sutton (bass, vocals)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Kenny Slade (drums)
Next to leave was Kenny Slade. He was replaced by a Brazilian drummer, Aureo de Souza. This was the first stable lineup for Riff Raff.

Pete Kirtley (guitar, vocals)
Roger Sutton (bass, vocals)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Aureo De Souza (drums)
They released a self-titled album, Riff raff, recorded in September 1973, with help from sax player Bud Beadle. A very good album.

By the time of their 2nd album, they had increased the lineup, with two members from Gonzalez:

Pete Kirtley (guitar, vocals)
Roger Sutton (bass, vocals)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Bud Beadle (sax)
Steve Gregory (sax)
Aureo De Souza (drums)
They released a superb album, Original man. Recorded in April-May 1974, it includes collaborations from Jo Newman (vocals) and Joe O'Donnell (viola). I love it!

Sadly, Riff Raff was to disappear soon. Aureo De Souza wasn't allowed to stay on England, so he was forced to return to Brazil, and the band finally split.

But that's not the only material from them. Happily, 1999 has seen how a 'new' album has been released. It's Outside looking in. It was recorded in 1972, after Tommy Eyre and Roger Sutton finished recording 1st Mark-Almond album. They had some free studio time, and they recorded the songs now appearing on this album. It's really a recording by Strabismus, but it has been released under Riff Raff name. This was the lineup:

Alan Marshall (vocals)
Martin Ball (guitar)
Roger Sutton (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Ritchie Dalton (sax)
Rod Coombes (drums)
It also features Joe Peters on drums. 7 tracks were recorded with that lineup, but the album also includes 4 tracks with later lineups, either with Kenny Slade or Aureo de Souza on drums.

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Alan Marshall
Pete Kirtley
Kenny Slade
Aureo De Souza
Bud Beadle
Steve Gregory
Martin Ball
Ritchie Dalton
Rod Coombes
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Roger Sutton

ZZEBRA
This band was formed in 1974 by keyboardist and lead singer Gus Yeadon (from Love Affair) with ex-If members Terry Smith and Dave Quincey. But Yeadon soon left. So, Tommy Eyre joins them, in order to play some keyboard parts on their first album (although uncredited).

Terry Smith (guitar)
John McCoy (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Dave Quincey (sax)
Loughty Amao (percussion)
Liam Genockey (drums)
Their first album, Zzebra, was recorded during October 1974, and as I've said, it contains Tommy appearing in some songs.

They started recording a new album soon after Tommy joined, but Terry Smith left in the middle of the recording. His replacement was Steve Byrd. And Tommy also brought an old friend for the vocals, Alan Marshall.

Alan Marshall (vocals)
Steve Byrd (guitar)
John McCoy (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Dave Quincey (sax)
Loughty Amao (percussion)
Liam Genockey (drums)
The 2nd album, Panic, was recorded along 1975. By the way, a little secret (kept until now). The album features an uncredited appearance by Jeff Beck playing a guitar solo on the song 'Put a light on me', co-written by great drummer Liam Genockey.

They started recording their 3rd album in Wales, but for some reason it was never released ... until now! Again, the great Disconforme label has released this 3rd album, called Take it or leave it. It includes guest appearances by 4 members of Osibisa.

It's interesting noticing that this jazz-rock outfit later was used by Ian Gillan to complete his hard-rock bands (McCoy, Byrd and Genockey were members of the band; also Tommy, many years later, as we'll read).

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Terry Smith
Dave Quincey
Loughty Amao
Alan Marshall
Steve Byrd
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John McCoy
Liam Genockey

DAN McCAFFERTY BAND
This is a bit messy to explain... Dan McCafferty is the singer in Nazareth. He released his first, self-titled solo album, Dan McCafferty in 1975. The keyboardist in the album was Hugh McKenna. When Nazareth toured that same year, it was agreed that Dan would make a solo spot, backed by ... Nazareth, but with the addition of a keyboardist. By the time of the tour, Hugh McKenna got quite ill, so Tommy Eyre was called to play in Dan McCafferty songs. So, the shows were: Nazareth songs, then a small break, they rolled the keyboards on stage, and Dan did his solo stuff with Nazareth plus Tommy. Another break, the keyboards were off again, and Nazareth did the rest of the setlist.

Dan McCafferty (vocals, guitar)
Manny Charlton (guitar)
Pete Agnew (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Darrell Sweet (drums)
Rumour had it about Tommy joining Nazareth full time, but this didn't happen. Anyway, it was a useful collaboration, as Tommy got to know Steve Harley.

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Dan McCafferty
Manny Charlton
Pete Agnew
Darrell Sweet

SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND
After several years with the same lineup, in August 1977, Hugh McKenna leaves the band, being substituted by Tommy.

Alex Harvey (vocals, guitar)
Zal Cleminson (guitar)
Chris Glen (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Ted McKenna (drums)
After a new album, Rock drill, in October 1977, Alex Harvey leaves the band (again), and Tommy goes with him.

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Alex Harvey
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Chris Glen
Zal Cleminson
Ted McKenna

ALEX HARVEY - THE NEW BAND
Alex Harvey starts his solo career with a new band in March 1979:

Alex Harvey (vocals, guitar)
Matthew Cang (guitar)
Gordon Sellar (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Don Weller (sax, flute)
Simon Chatterton (drums)
They released an album, The Mafia stole my guitar. But I don't know how much time Tommy spent with Alex in this band. Help, please!

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Alex Harvey
Matthew Cang
Gordon Sellar
Don Weller
Simon Chatterton

JOHN MARTYN (BAND)
In February 1981, Tommy Eyre joins John Martyn. He had recorded an album with him, Grace and danger, and this was a tour to promote it:

John Martyn (vocals, guitar)
Alan Thomson (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Danny Cummings (percussion)
Jeffrey Allen (drums)
This lineup appears in the official video compilation by John Martyn, In vision 1973-1981. Tommy Eyre appears in 5 tracks.

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John Martyn
Alan Thomson
Danny Cummings
Jeffrey Allen

GREG LAKE BAND
After the (first) split of Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1979, Greg Lake called Gary Moore to help him to assemble a powerful live band, what Gary did in what a way! This was June 1981.

Greg Lake (vocals, guitar)
Gary Moore (guitar)
Tristam Margetts (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Ted McKenna (drums)
They released a first album, Greg Lake, although it includes many sessionmen also there. One of my favourite ever songs is the beautiful 'It hurts', but it also has some killer tracks, such as 'Nuclear attack'. Tommy co-writes a song called 'The lie'. Guests: Steve Lukather, Dean Parks, Snuffy Walden (guitar), Bill Cuomo, Greg Mathieson (keyboards), David Hungate (bass), the late Jeff Porcaro, Jody Leigh, Michael Giles (drums), Clarence Clemmons (sax).

They played at Reading Festival in August 1981, where the band amazed the audience, especially due to Gary Moore's playing. Fortunately, after years of looking for some recording of their performances, we are able to hear them, thanks to a King Biscuit release, Greg Lake in concert. The two King Crimson songs that they played show Gary Moore at his best. It was recorded on November 5th, 1981. There's also a limited special edition with one bonus track, 'C'est la vie'.

The last concerts by the band were played in December 1981. They started a second album, Manoeuvres, recorded with the same band, although I guess there must be session musicians too. It was recorded in February 1982, and released next year. It's uncertain if Tommy is featured there.

The band dispersed in April 1982, when Ted McKenna joined Michael Schenker Group (that would lead Tommy to perform some session work with them, as we'll read in the sessions page).

Greg Lake has released a 2CD compilation called Greg Lake: from the beginning, featuring tracks by King Crimson, Emerson Lake & Palmer, from Pete Sinfield solo album, Greg Lake own solo albums, and Emerson Lake & Powell (with Cozy Powell). Tommy Eyre is featured in some of the Greg Lake solo tracks (no unreleased material featuring Tommy). Other great musicians appearing here: from King Crimson (Robert Fripp, Mike Giles, Ian McDonald, Mel Collins, Pete Giles and guest Keith Tippett), from ELP (Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer, Cozy Powell), and from Lake's solo material (Geoff Downes, Mike Giles again).

Greg Lake started selling an album directly from his official website. It's called From the underground: the official bootleg. It contains unreleased material (studio and live). It contains tracks with The Shame (1967), Shy Limbs (1968), King Crimson (1969), Greg Lake solo (1973), Greg Lake Band (1981), Asia (1983), Emerson Lake & Powell (1986, with Cozy Powell), Greg Lake solo (1986), Emerson Lake & Palmer (1992 & 1993), Greg Lake Band (1994). Regarding Tommy Eyre, he appears in the two tracks with Greg Lake Band ('Retribution drive' and '21st century schizoid man'), both recorded live in 1981 at The Palladium, New York City.

Some fresh news. After 20 years, both studio albums, Greg Lake and Manoeuvres have been released on CD in the year 2000.

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Tristam Margetts
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Ted McKenna
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Greg Lake
Gary Moore

GARY MOORE BAND
Around May 1982, Gary Moore leads his own band, keeping Tommy with him. He plays in Corridors of power. A fantastic album, from start to finish. With a superb lineup: Gary Moore (vocals, guitar), Neil Murray (bass), Tommy Eyre (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums), plus help from Jack Bruce (vocals in 1 song), the late Bobby Chouinard (drums, 1 song), Mo Foster (bass, 1 song). It's hard to me choosing some favourites here; maybe 'End of the world', 'I can't wait until tomorrow' and the rendition of Free's 'Wishing well'. I Love it!!

This was the live band lineup:

Charlie Huhn (vocals)
Gary Moore (guitar, vocals)
Neil Murray (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Ian Paice (drums)
By the way, the first edition of Corridors of power came with a free EP, recorded live at the Marquee on August 26th, 1982. The tracks are: 'Rockin' every night', 'Back on the streets' and 'Parisienne Walkways'.

But soon after last concert at Reading Festival in August 1982, Tommy leaves (being replaced by another great player, Don Airey).

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Charlie Huhn
Neil Murray
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Gary Moore
Ian Paice

WHAM!
The band where George Michael started his successful career, as a duo with Andrew Ridgeley.

Fantastic! was their first album. With Robert Ahwai (guitar), Tommy Eyre (keyboards), Anne Dudley (keyboards), Jess Bailey (keyboards), Deon Estus (bass), Geoff Daly (horns), Martin Drover (horns), Ian Ritchie (horns), Luis Jardim (percussion), Graham Broad (drums), Trevor Murell (drums), Katie Kissoon (backing vocals), Stevie Lange (backing vocals).

After their first album, Tommy was asked to be musical director for them (as well as their keyboardist, of course). That lasted for about three and a half years.

Make it big is their second album. Some songs here were great hits, such as 'Careless whisper'. It also includes an Isley Brothers cover. Musicians list include: Hugh Burns (guitar, from Jack Bruce Band, lately with Mike Oldfield), Deon Estus (bass), Tommy Eyre (keyboards), Andy Richards (keyboards), Steve Gregory (sax, from Gonzalez), Dave Baptiste (sax), Paul Spong (trumpet), Colin Graham (trumpet), Trevor Murrell (drums).

They were the first rock band ever to be allowed to perform in China (Jean-Michel Jarre had played with a symphony orchestra before them). This was April 1985:

George Michael (vocals)
Andrew Ridgeley (vocals)
Hugh Burns (guitar)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Deon Estus (bass)
Dave Baptiste (sax)
Raul D'0liveira (trumpet)
Paul Spong (trumpet)
Trevor Murrell (drums)
Danny Cummings (percussion)
Janet Mooney (backing vocals)
Janey Hallett (backing vocals)
Leroy Osbourne (backing vocals)
There's a live video from those concerts: Wham! in China: Foreign skies.

Music from the edge of heaven was their third album, with the hit 'I'm your man'. A great guest: Elton John on piano. Plus more great musicians: Hugh Burns (guitar), Robert Ahwai (guitar), Deon Estus (bass), John McKenzie (bass), Tommy Eyre (keyboards), Richard Cottle (keyboards), Andy Hamilton (sax), Dave Baptiste (sax), Paul Spong (trumpet), Danny Cummings (percussion), Charlie Morgan (drums), Trevor Murrell (drums).

There are lots of Wham compilations, so Tommy Eyre will probably be featured in all of them.

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George Michael
Andrew Ridgeley
Deon Estus
Dave Baptiste
Raul D'Oliveira
Paul Spong
Trevor Murrell
Danny Cummings
Janet Mooney
Janey Hallett
Leroy Osbourne
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Hugh Burns

And then?
After Wham!, Tommy worked mainly as a studio musician for records, TV and movies. He also started writing for TV himself.
MR. GONE
This jazz-rock band was formed in early 1986:

John Etheridge (guitar)
Dill Katz (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Ted McKenna (drums)
Unfortunately, they split around 1988, without having recorded any material.

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John Etheridge
Dill Katz
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Ted McKenna

RAY RUSSELL BAND
Ray Russell is a very fine guitarist who has played in lots of albums and sessions (just a few examples: Mike Batt, Cliff Richard, Judie Tzuke, Tina Turner, Madeline Bell, Lulu, Victor Brox, Hudson Ford, and many more). He also has played in live bands by Frankie Miller (with Chris Mercer) or Simon Phillips (with Andy Timmons). His solo albums include some elements of fusion and jazz.

For his album A table near the band, he assembled a superb lineup:

Ray Russell (guitar)
Mo Foster (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Tony Hymas (keyboards)
Iain Ballamy (sax)
Stuart Brookes (trumpet)
Tony Roberts (clarinet, sax)
Simon Phillips (drums)
He was invited to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July 1988. He played with a slightly different lineup:

Ray Russell (guitar)
Mo Foster (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Tony Hymas (keyboards)
Jeff Daly (sax)
Stuart Brookes (trumpet)
Greg Knowles (percussion)
Simon Phillips (drums)
This concert was recorded, and sometime later, it appeared a collective live album, appropiately called Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. I'm happy of having got it, as it seems it's a hard to find item, as it was released by B&W (the loudspeakers brand) own label.

But Tommy surprises us, as he not only plays in the tracks by Ray Russell. He appears in all the tracks in the album, by two different artists. Other artists appearing were fine Spanish guitarist Joan Bibiloni, and wonderful violin player Scarlet Rivera. Tommy managed to play with them all. These are the one-off lineups for that festival:

Joan Bibiloni Band:

Joan Bibiloni (guitar)
Nando Gonzalez (guitar)
Mo Foster (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Nico Looser (drums)
Scarlet Rivera Band:

Scarlet Rivera (violin)
Dill Katz (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Jeff Daly (sax, flute)
Nico Looser (drums)
From this concert, it started a very fruitful contact, as we're going to read below... :)

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Iain Ballamy
Stuart Brookes
Tony Roberts
Jeff Daly
Greg Knowles
Joan Bibiloni
Nando Gonzalez
Nico Looser
Dill Katz
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Ray Russell
Mo Foster
Tony Hymas
Simon Phillips

IAN GILLAN (BAND)
Next time I find Tommy was in the brand new band assembled by Ian Gillan to promote his solo album Naked thunder (where Tommy plays, watch the sessions page), released on July 1990.

Ian Gillan (vocals)
Steve Morris (guitar)
Mick O'Donaghue (guitar)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Chris Glen (bass)
David Lloyd (backing vocals, guitar)
Ted McKenna (drums)
They released a live video, Ian Gillan live. I don't have details about when Tommy left the band. I think the band disbanded at the end of 1990, but I'm not sure. Help, please!

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Steve Morris
Mick O'Donaghue
David Lloyd
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Chris Glen
Ted McKenna
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Ian Gillan

GARY MOORE BAND (again)
Next Gary Moore album was called After hours. The album doesn't have a definite lineup (3 bassists, 2 drummers), but Tommy Eyre is the only keyboardist in the album. Other musicians: Will Lee (bass), Bob Daisley (bass), John B. Gaydon (bass), Graham Walker (drums), Anton Fig (drums), a big horn section: Martin Drover, Frank Mead, Nick Pentelow, Nick Payn and The Memphis Horns (Andrew Lowe and Wayne Jackson). With two very special guests: B.B. King and Albert Collins. A very fine album. My favourite tracks are the fantastic 'Story of the blues', plus 'Key to love', 'Jumpin' at shadows' and the lovely ballad 'Nothing's the same'.

The album includes some musicians from my Olympus in the thanks section, so maybe they played in the demos and rehearsals: Andy Pyle, Mo Foster, Kuma Harada, and Charlie Morgan.

There's a song not present in the album, but available on a limited CD-single of 'Since I met you baby'. The song is 'Once in a blue mood', featuring Gary Moore (guitar), Albert Collins (guitar), Will Lee (bass), Tommy Eyre (keyboards), Anton Fig (drums).

After his change into blues, Gary started calling his live band as Gary Moore and The Midnight Blues Band. It's almost the lineup of After hours, with Andy Pyle back into the band. This was March 1992:

Gary Moore (guitar, vocals)
Andy Pyle (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Martin Drover (trumpet)
Frank Mead (alto sax, harmonica)
Nick Pentelow (tenor sax)
Nick Payn (baritone sax)
Candy MacKenzie (backing vocals)
Carol Thompson (backing vocals)
Graham Walker (drums)
This lineup releases a live album, Blues alive, recorded in 1992. Includes a guest appearance from Albert Collins in one song. All the material is blues, except a beautiful rendition of Gary's own 'Parisienne walkways'. Listen to Tommy's solo on 'Further on up the road', and how he replies there to Gary's guitar. Great!!

In July 1993, there's a new tour with a smaller lineup (no horn section or backing vocalists):

Gary Moore (guitar, vocals)
Andy Pyle (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Graham Walker (drums)
They played two concerts (one of them in Spain), that same month. After the Spanish gig, the whole tour was cancelled, and Gary Moore went to play for some one-off gigs with Jack Bruce.

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Martin Drover
Frank Mead
Nick Pentelow
Nick Payn
Candy MacKenzie
Carol Thompson
Graham Walker
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Andy Pyle
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Gary Moore

BBM (Baker Bruce Moore)
This supergroup was formed by:

Gary Moore (guitar, vocals)
Jack Bruce (bass, vocals)
Ginger Baker (drums)
The idea behind this agrupation was clear. They wanted to recreate a powerful blues trio, just in the style of Cream.

They released a very fine album, Around the next dream. Yes, it's like Cream. That's what you find there, plus some pleasant surprises, such as the jazzy beautiful ballad 'Wrong side of town', sung by the delicious voice of Jack Bruce. The keyboards in the album were all played by Tommy Eyre. You can hear clearly his superb organ playing, for example, in the song 'High cost of loving' or 'I wonder why'.

The album was followed by a tour (they played 3 concerts in Spain!), and they got Tommy as a keyboardist there.

Gary Moore (guitar, vocals)
Jack Bruce (bass, vocals)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Ginger Baker (drums)
After that tour (May to July 1994), everybody came back to their solo careers, and Tommy went on with Gary again.

Someday, these musicians will have a short tribute here:
Gary Moore
Jack Bruce
Ginger Baker

GARY MOORE BAND (again)
In April 1995, Gary Moore resurrects his Midnight Blues Band, with his friends:

Gary Moore (guitar, vocals)
Andy Pyle (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Nick Pentelow (tenor sax)
Nick Payn (baritone sax)
Graham Walker (drums)
Gary's next album is a full tribute to Peter Green, including Peter Green's original songs as well as a version that Peter played with Fleetwood Mac, the beautiful 'Need your love so bad'. Its title is Blues for Greeny.

There was also released a live video from the subsequent tour. Called Blues for Greeny live (1996, Warner), it was recorded on April 27, 1995. After playing at Montreux Festival in July 1995, they cancel all the other gigs.

Gary Moore's next step was another great change. He leaves the blues direction, turning into a more poppy style, and Tommy doesn't stay in his band.

There are several Gary Moore compilations, and it's easy that Tommy will be featured there. He appears in Ballads and blues 1982-1994. This compilation features 3 unreleased tracks, as well as some alternate takes. Other musicians featured are: John Sloman, Neil Murray, Andy Pyle, Jack Bruce, Bob Daisley, Neil Carter, Ginger Baker, Gary Husband, Ian Paice, Graham Walker.

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Nick Pentelow
Nick Payn
Graham Walker
Someday, these musicians will be fully covered here:
Andy Pyle
Someday, these musicians will have a short tribute here:
Gary Moore

MINGUS BIG BAND
When he moved to New York, Tommy started playing with Mingus Big Band. I don't have more info for now.
TOMMY EYRE & RITUAL
Ritual is a band formed by three veteran musicians from Uruguay. They released an album in 1994, and in June 1997 they played a special concert in Montevideo along with Tommy Eyre:

Freddy Ramos ()
Eduardo Marquez del Signore ()
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Jose Luis Perez (drums)
Maybe soon we'll have some news about this collaboration, so watch this space... :)

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Freddy Ramos
Eduardo Marquez del Signore
Jose Luis Perez

METRO
Metro is a band with a changing lineup, fronted by the great vocalist Alex Ligertwood. Tommy Eyre plays with them from time to time, when he's available (another usual keyboardist for the band is Vince Dicola). These are some of the lineups in 1999: In April 1999:

Alex Ligertwood (vocals)
Chuck Kavooras (guitar)
Mark Noryeko (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Julio Ledezma (percussion)
Xavier Marshall (drums)
In April 1999:

Alex Ligertwood (vocals)
Chuck Kavooras (guitar)
Ralph Carter (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Xavier Marshall (drums)
There is a CD by the band, but I think Tommy is not featured there.

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Chuck Kavooras
Mark Noryeko
Ralph Carter
Julio Ledezma
Xavier Marshall
Someday, these musicians will be fully covered here:
Alex Ligertwood

MILES DAVIS TRIBUTE BAND
In November 1999, Miles Davis receives posthumously an "Angel Award". Tommy assembles a special lineup for a Miles Davis tribute:

Brian Swartz ()
Jane Getz ()
Lon Price ()
Reggie McBride (bass)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Tony Braunagel (drums)
I wish the performance had been recorded!! I'm sure it was fantastic!

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Brian Swartz
Jane Getz
Lon Price
Reggie McBride
Someday, these musicians will be fully covered here:
Tony Braunagel

SCARLET RIVERA & TOMMY EYRE
As I've said, wonderful Scarlet Rivera and Tommy met first time at Montreux Festival in 1988. Several years later, they married. So, Tommy used to appear in Scarlet gigs whenever he was off the road. They have recorded together many albums together along the years, although they're usually credited to Scarlet. Tommy Eyre plays keyboards in all of them, as well as acting as producer and composer (with Scarlet).

Magical Christmas is credited to Scarlet, although Tommy acts as producer. It was released in 1997, and it contains 16 Christmas tunes.

Behind the crimson veil, released in 1998, is credited both to Scarlet & Tommy , and it counts with collaboration from great percussionist Bobbye Hall.

Scarlet Rivera (violin)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Bobbye Hall (percussion)
It's difficult to explain the album. The adjective most accurate would be new-age music, but I think this term has been devaluated along the years. Well, I use it in the best of meanings here. It's a very beautiful album.

Celtic myst features this lineup:

Lesa MacEwan (vocals)
Scarlet Rivera (violin)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
The album was released in 1998. This album deals with many mythologic themes and legends (like in 'Tir Na N'Og'). It's very beautiful album, with moving vocals.

Celtic dreams was also released in 1998 (hey, they were prolific!!). The lineup is:

Richard Cook (uilean pipes)
Scarlet Rivera (violin)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
As everyone can guess, the music is reminiscent of ancient Ireland music, very accentuated by special 'texture' of uilean pipes sound.

A classical baroque Christmas features Christmas songs, plus renditions of classical works from Corelli or Bach.

They have released a new album with cellist Peggy Baldwin. It's called Contemporary piano & cello Christmas classics. It's what you can expect, a Christmas collection including beautiful instrumental Christmas favourites again.

SOLO ALBUMS
Tommy has released lots of albums for Brentwood Communications. I guess they must be 'library albums'. I've only managed to find 4 of them.

There are three volumes of Moonlight piano. It's basically all the standard songs he knew from his childhood (his father was a pianist too). Beautiful tunes such as 'Misty', 'Autumn leaves', 'Smoke gets in your eyes', 'Stardust', 'Pennies from heaven', 'As time goes by', 'Yesterday', 'Your song' or 'When I fall in love'.

Ivory Christmas was released in 1995, and as the album states, they're "piano classics for the holidays performed by Tommy Eyre". Beautiful renditions of all-time classics, such as 'Ave Maria', 'We three kings', 'Have yourself a Merry little Christmas'. My favourite tune is a moving rendition of 'Away in a manger'.

A highland Christmas was released in 1997, with:

Eric Rigler (pipes)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
It's mostly traditional music from Scotland.

Have yourself a jazzy little Christmas was recorded with Tommy's brother, great guitarist Simon Eyre, and old mate Mel Collins:

Simon Eyre (guitar)
Mel Collins (sax)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
Steve Williams (percussion)

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