ThomThom Hickey one of the blessed 50s baby boomer generation, was born in London into an Irish family and formally educated at catholic schools and Cambridge University.  More importantly he was informally educated by the BBC, The Observer, The New Statesman and The New Yorker.  His music professors were radio giants Charlie Gillett, John Peel and Emperor Rosko. The print columns of Richard Williams, Ian MacDonald and Tony Russell were religiously read and annotated.

Further intensive study was conducted at the Hammersmith Odeon, the Hope and Anchor, the 100 Club, Ronnie Scott’s and the Rainbow. Many investment portfolios were foresworn in favour of sourcing recorded treasures from the hallowed halls of HMV, Colletts, Tower and Virgin Records and mail order outfits galore.

He has a continuing belief that you can never watch too many Westerns or Ken Burns documentaries, read enough biographies about Samuel Beckett or Buster Keaton and that there is always just one more Bob Dylan bootleg he needs.

To finance his obsessions he has worked in financial recruitment, as a charity campaigner and been a senior investigator into complaints about the NHS.  He now lives deep in the Surrey woods with his beautiful wife, graceful daughter and inspirational son.

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  1. Hi Thom..I’ve been trying to comment on your latest Maria Elena post. I’m going through the WordPress protocols but nothing happening. So, trying this way to contact. Here’s what I was trying to send…

    Thanks, Thom. I got a good feel for the Cornish vibe and it reminded me of family holidays with the kids, after enduring the long drive down from Gateshead. Ry’s dad, Bill, enjoyed the Spanish feel to his music the most. He loved Cancion Mixteca probably the best with Maria Elena vying with it. Another favourite was The Pearls/Tijuana from the Jazz album. I think the transition from one to the other is a wonder! Sorry to be a tease but I’ve a cassette that Bill sent to me, of Ry playing/singing in Bill’s kitchen in Ventura. Shortly after the death of Emma, Ry’s mother, Bill asked Ry to bring a guitar up on his next visit up from Santa Monica. Solace for both of them. Aside from Boomers Story and a couple of old railroad songs, the focus was on the Spanish flavoured tunes, with Bill humming in harmony accompanied by an occasional running tap and the sound of pans. Bill was preparing lunch. A lovely personal occasion with lots of laughter. Bill asking Ry to play a Merle Travis tune…”That’s too hard..” replies Ry. It would be the last time Bill would hear Ry play. He passed in 2005.

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    • Wonderful to hear from you Charlie.

      Nothing like the personal memory for illuminating lives.

      Very pleased you appreciate my writing on Ry .. his music has always cut deep with me.

      You can guarantee there’ll be more on him here later.

      Stay tuned and spread the word!

      If you ever see Ry say hello and thanks from me.

      Regards Thom.


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