Tommy Cunningham

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born on 22/6/1964 in Drumchapel, Scotland, United Kingdom

Tommy Cunningham

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Tommy Cunningham

Thomas "Tommy" Cunningham (born 22 June 1964, Drumchapel, Glasgow) is a Scottish musician, best known as the drummer for Wet Wet Wet.

Cunningham's father, Tom Sr., bought his son his first drum kit in 1977, "down the Social Club for £15". Shortly thereafter, a chance meeting with Graeme Clark on the school bus brought the two together. Over the next few years the two recruited fellow school friends Mark McLachlan and Neil Mitchell and concentrated on writing their original songs and perfected their song writing craft [1] Wet Wet Wet from their first released single of "Wishing I was Lucky" had chart success for a further 10 years.

Cunningham acrimoniously left the band in 1997 after a dispute over royalty payments,[2] and the band went on tour in 1998 without him. At its conclusion, the three remaining members went their separate ways. In 2004, however, they reunited.

Cunningham owned a transport taxi firm in Glasgow but sold it in 2008 to concentrate again on music. He still owns his local Bar, The Village Tavern in Duntocher. In 2010 Cunningham along with Billy Sloan (DJ journalist) put on a benefit show for their friend Tim Stevens (Tiger Tim, DJ ). Stevens suffers from multiple sclerosis and due to his illness had been forced to quit his job at Radio Clyde. On the same bill were Midge Ure, Jim Diamond, Gerard Kelly, Marti Pellow, Paulo Nutini and many more.

Tommy played drums on Jim Diamonds album City of Soul released by Camino Records (catalogue number CAMCD40, release date 3 October 2011).[3] All proceeds from this album of Soul covers benefit the children's charity Radio Clyde Cash For Kids.[4]

Cunningham and the remaining 3 original members of Wet Wet Wet reformed in 2004 and continue to perform in arena sized venues.

Personal life

Cunningham is married to his childhood sweetheart Elaine Gallacher. They married in 1991, and have two children: Tayler and Stephen.[5]

References

  1. End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits liner notes
  2. Webma.nl
  3. City of Soul Official Facebook Page
  4. STV News Article
  5. "Wets star will wed, wed, wed"

External links

  • Profile at the IMDb
Wet Wet Wet
Marti Pellow - Tommy Cunningham - Graeme Clark - Neil Mitchell - Angus Cameron
Other musicians: Graeme Duffin
Discography
Studio albums: Popped In Souled Out - The Memphis Sessions - Holding Back the River - High on the Happy Side - Cloak & Dagger - Picture This - 10
Singles: Wishing I Was Lucky - Sweet Little Mystery - Angel Eyes - Temptation - With a Little Help from My Friends - Sweet Surrender - Broke Away - Hold Back the River - Stay With Me Heartache - Make it Tonight - Put the Light On - Goodnight Girl - More than Love - Lip Service - Blue for You (live)/This Time (live) - Shed a Tear - Cold Cold Heart - Love Is All Around - Julia Says - Don't Want to Forgive Me Now - Somewhere Somehow - She's All on My Mind - Morning - If I Never See You Again - Strange - Yesterday/Maybe I'm In Love - All I Want
Live albums: Wet Wet Wet: Live - Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Compilations: End of Part One - The Greatest Hits
Videos: Video Singles - Live Glasgow Green Free Concert - High on the Happy Side - The Wets at the Castle - Live at the Royal Albert Hall - End of Part One - Picture This: All Around and in the Crowd - Playing Away at Home - The Best Of
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