Tommy Shannon is one of the famous Bassist, who was born on the memorable day of April 18 in the year 1946. Hailing from the vibrant city of Arizona, Tommy Shannon is a proud citizen of United States.
American guitarist and bass player who was a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan‘s blues rock band Double Trouble.
Over the years, not only have skills been honed, but a significant impact has also been made in the professional field. Whether it's through work, public appearances, or contributions to the community, Tommy Shannon continues to be an inspiration for many.
Details about Tommy Shannon
His first band was called The Avengers, which he formed as a youth in Dumas, just north of Amarillo, Texas.
He took a long hiatus from music after Stevie Ray Vaughanwas killed in a helicopter crash.
He married Kumi Shannon in 1986. He and Johnny Winter appeared at Woodstock together.
Tommy Shannon Timeline
Shannon had the first of two important meetings at The Fog in Dallas in the late 1960s. There he first saw Johnny Winter. Shannon ended up backing Winter, and they formed a project known as The Progressive Blues Experiment in 1968. They cut one album for Sonobeat Records titled The Progressive Blues Experiment before being signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis for $600,000 in 1969. Shannon appeared on both of these Columbia LPs, each released 1969; Johnny Winter (self-titled), and Second Winter.
His primary bass was a battered Arctic White 1962 Fender Jazz Bass with a red tortoise shell pickguard.
Soon after high school he moved to Dallas and joined a soul cover band in 1966, initially called The New Breed, and later The Young Lads.
He appeared with Johnny Winter at Woodstock in 1969.
At Woodstock, Johnny's brother Edgar joined them onstage. Johnny Winter ended up moving to a band featuring Rick Derringer in early 1970 that already had a rhythm section, and there was no room for Shannon or Turner.
Due to recurring drug arrests and failure of rehab in San Antonio and other locations, Shannon was finally sent to a "farm" in Buda and, as a result of his probation on release, he was not allowed to join any bands because of the pervasiveness of drugs in the music scene. Shannon became a bricklayer for a few years until he was eventually able to return to music in 1977. He played in a few unknown bands, then received a call from Rocky Hill, brother of ZZ Top's Dusty Hill. He moved to Houston to play with Hill and Uncle John, and in the late 1970s went on to play with Alan Haynes in the "Texas Boogie Band" (Shannon later played on Haynes' well received 1994 release, "Wishing Well").
Vaughan later formed a group called Double Trouble, and in 1980 Shannon wound up taking the place of the bass player, Jackie Newhouse, after seeing Double Trouble at Rockefellers in Houston. Vaughan was tapped to do some guitar tracks for David Bowie (including guitar on "Let's Dance"), and was then offered the chance to tour with Bowie, putting the new group's future in doubt. Ultimately, though, Vaughan's manager turned down the offer.
He later joined Double Trouble in 1981 and became a permanent member of Double Trouble until Vaughan's death in 1990.
After joining Double Trouble, Shannon met his future wife Kumi and they eventually married in 1986. His drug-use returned, and in increasing volumes, often with the band leader, Vaughan. Eventually both realized a need to change that lifestyle, and both checked into rehabilitation in separate cities, becoming clean and sober. The newly healthy band was on the upswing, making popular music and gaining wider fame, until the helicopter carrying Vaughan crashed into a hillside after a show at Alpine Valley Music Theater, near East Troy, Wisconsin, on August 27, 1990, killing all aboard.
In 1999 Shannon, in company with Chris Layton, provided the rhythm section for the Debbie Davies release Tales From the Austin Motel on Shanachie Records.
In 2001, Double Trouble reformed, releasing their only album to date without Vaughan. Titled Been a Long Time, it featured many guest performers (including Tedeschi) filling Vaughan's frontman role.
Shannon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Double Trouble in 2015.