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Died On This Date (April 28, 1980) Tommy Caldwell / Marshall Tucker Band

Posted by themusicsover on April 28, 2010

Tommy Caldwell
November 9, 1949 – April 28, 1980

Tommy Caldwell was best known as the bassist the Marshall Tucker  Band from 1973 until his death in 1980.   The charismatic performer was the crowd-pleaser of the band.  He also sang backup and wrote some of their songs, including “Melody Ann,” their only song on which he sang lead.  His final performance with the band came on the night of April 19, 1980 which was later released as Live On Long Island.  Caldwell died just ten days later from injuries he suffered in a jeep accident.

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5 Responses to “Died On This Date (April 28, 1980) Tommy Caldwell / Marshall Tucker Band”

  1. Ed said

    RIP Tommy We still love ya brother
    RIP Toy and Tim

  2. PJ DURKIN said



  3. I was a news anchor at WSPA-TV (Spartanburg, SC) in 1980 when Tommy Caldwell was killed. I had met and interviewed the original MTB members. I wrote and reported Tommy’s obituary on our newscast. I got a really kind letter from his family saying they liked what I said.

    I was reminded of that recently when I began writing my memoirs from my TV years. When I’m finished, you can read about it on my website.

  4. al said

    Ride in peace, would love to have known you,
    Cat SAunders
    Hampton, SC

  5. Donna Bolinger said

    I loved this band in the 70’s and early 1980. It just wasn’t the same without Tommy. Now with Toy and George being gone; what great memories we have of the original MTB.
    Rest in peace Tommy, Toy and George. Ride on in the sunset playing your music so others can hear some great tunes. Miss you guys!!!!!

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