The Tom Springfield page
Tom Springfield was a major figure in the 1960's folk and pop music scene, initially as a performer in The Springfields vocal group, then latterly as a producer and songwriter, most notably for The Seekers. He wrote and produced a number of top 10 hits for them in the mid 1960's.
The author of this page was unable
to find any comprehensive site on the web about Tom and his achievements,
so this page has been created to help redress that balance. His
contribution to British music culture should not be underestimated. He was
a fine songwriter whose songs have stood the test of time, and his
production skills brought out the best in other performers.
Born Dion O'Brien on 2nd July 1934 in London, England.
Tom, still then known as Dion, has been assigned to the Intelligence Corps. depot in Maresfield, Sussex for National Service. Alan Willey writes: "He was very fond of Latin American music at the time and said he had had a band called the Pedini Brothers before being called up. He had a four string guitar with him and I had a six string. Another soldier, Arthur Silmon, had a nylon strung guitar and we got together to play some latin style songs which Dion sang in Spanish. We recorded two songs (direct to disc) at a small studio in Brighton. To my lasting regret I could not afford a copy out of my army pay of four shillings a day, but one song was El Cangacero (The Bandit) and the other was, I think, written by Dion and called Magdelena. Wonder if he still has a copy?"
Wrote and produced 'Just Lovin' You' for Anita Harris.
Adios Amour, written by Tom Springfield is recorded and released by Jose Feliciano.
1969: Tom Springfield released a second LP
on Decca called
"Love's Philosophy" which featured a sonnet by Miss Dusty Springfield (as
stated on the sleeve). This album concentrates on self-composed material. The duet "Morning Please Don't Come" which Philips
later released as a single.
1999: Tom's sister, Dusty Springfield, dies from cancer. Tom takes her ashes to Ireland and scatters them over the Cliffs of Moher. Tom's name is on the death certificate as next of kin.
2005: Tom's solo albums "Sun Songs" and "Love's Philosophy" are re-issued on CD (together on one CD), by Vocalion. Available from Amazon and other record outlets.
If you can provide any
more information about Tom's music career as detailed above, then please
webmaster. Thanks to those people (you know who you are) who
have made suggestions or corrections for this page)
Photo: At the wedding of Mike Hurst to Sarah Hearne in the 1960's, Tom (second left), Dusty Springfield, Mike Hurst, Sarah Hearne.
Tom Springfield Links
You find the lyrics for all the recorded songs by The Seekers, including those written and produced by Tom, on Richard Veit's site at bearspace.baylor.edu/Richard_Veit/www/the_seekers . This site also has links to a number of other sites related to The Seekers.
You can find the chords to some of the songs that Tom wrote for the Seekers on my site, here.
You can find a Springfields discography at http://www.bahnhof.se/~grant/dusty/springfi.html
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