I first met Coz on our honeymoon in 1972 when Ron (Terry) took me to Louisville. I was waiting at the door as Ron went to look for Coz and before I knew it I was being bent over backwards in the arms of a bearded stranger saying "You must be Mrs. Terry..I think I love you" then planting a big ole kiss on me!! What an introduction! I would come to know that was just his way of being friendly. We had so much fun when we traveled to Louisville...Jerry Forke, Coz, Ron and I making memories never to be forgotten. Could sit and listen to them tell stories for days on end. Coz is with Ron now; playing cards and saddeling winners in heaven. I miss them both dearly. RIP JT My prayers are with your family.
Thanks for the memories old friend,
they were many and they were good.
RIP dear Cosmo you made our live exciting through your music. Thank you for being YOU!
I never had a better friend. Step right up to the microphone, Pal, you'll be singing with the best sidemen of all time now. I pray there are horses tied up to he pearly gates, just outside the golf course -- you deserve it. My profound sympathies to your wonderful family, we will all sorely miss you.
The Cosdon and Rao families has my heartfelt sympathy.Lots of love and prayers are being your way. Mom & Nana
Cosmo there are not words to tell you how much I miss you and love you. My heart is breaking. You "Rocked It Hard'. To use your own words. A true friend Even when you were being a grumpy old man you made me laugh. Take care of little Cosmo for me. You gave me greatest gift anyone ever gave me when you showed up on the farm with a jack russel puppy. !!! Of course I named him Cosmo. He stole my heart too. He likes to snuggle so keep him safe till I see you both again.
Marcia and I are both saddened by the news---We had just sent him a card---He didn't get it----Freddy Neikirk had just sent him a card also ---We talked to him the last time we were in Louisville at Harold Harr's pub--A loss for all of us---Tommy just got there ahead of the rest of us---Bobby Walker Jacksonville, Fla.
Tommy was a great Louisvillian and person . I worked for Tommy at the Headrest. I will miss him.
I too danced the night away to Cosmo and The Counts. Some of my fondest memories were those years. I am sure he is playing away now.
Tommy was a Louisville institution and icon. He was one of the nicest guys I ever met. He will truly be missed. My prayers are with his family. Rest in peace my friend.
The sound of your laughter, your silly snide remarks will always be with me, remember you always told me, "Be positive because we are just passing through!" I dream of you now saddleing lots of winners, breaking 80 everyday, riding a Harley and of course singing with some of your favorites. Whatever you do don't tell Etta she looks "stately"! Thank you for some of the very best memories of my life and for sharing your family and friends. Until we meet again my sweet.
We were "soul mates", no doubt. As Kenny Chesney's song said, You "had me from hello". More than half a century of a very treasured relationship, from the Sultans, to way beyond our beloved Chosen Chief's racing career, we were always a part of each other's lives. You taught me a lot about life, about love, and about the things that really matter. You will always be with me.
I remember dancing to Cosmo and the Counts when I was a teenager. Cosmo was quite the entertainer! RIP Cosmo!
Magic moments are what Cosmo created for so many of us old rock n' rollers. When I think of him I think only of youthful, happy, fun, carefree days. What a great legacy he left for many of us to enjoy!
I remember you from Crescent Restaurant when my Mom, Ruth, owned it in the 60's. I was 12 or 13 and we had your record on the juke box and that record was worn out when it was removed/replaced. I always got the removed records and I was so upset it was worn, my Mom went and bought me a new one. You always seemed so nice, and I loved your Chimp. I thought you were the coolest guy around, even better than Elvis. RIP, and tell my mom and brother, Ron, I said I love and miss them.
I knew Tommy way back when Cosmo and The Sultans performed on “Hi-Varieties” on WHAS-TV back in the late 1950s. I, too, was a Hi-Varieties' performer, always doing my best to duplicate Gene Krupa's soloes as a serious kid drummer growing up in Louisville. We'd run into each other on occasion after that, and one of the Sultan's “managers,” Skip Love, became one of my best friends at UK. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, my telephone rings and it's Tommy on the other end wanting to be sure I was “okay.” I was very touched by his thoughtfulness and told him Katrina had spared tiny Natchez, Mississippi, where I now reside. We had a great time talking about music back in the day and horse racing (I was a former Editorial Staff Writer for The Blood-Horse); a wonderful conversation with an old friend. God Bless you Tommy; I'm sure you'll end up as the lead singer in St. Peter's Choir.
You will be missed my old friend. I always appreciated the Thanksgiving Meals when away fromn home
Gonna miss you Cos. RIP my friend.
Tom touched so many lives as one of the best entertainers with fantastic showmanship.
He was well known in the horse industry not only with
his own horses but in sales
nationwide with Horsemen's
Track and Equipment Co. He was a good friend with a big
heart known in many arenas by a huge number of close friends. God bless you Tom and thanks for the memories
See you on the other side my ole friend! Great family friend from 1953, what a voice. Stay cool Coz..!! There is a "Rock-n-Roll Heaven".....
With love to a legend , a friend , a Dad ,a Grand Dad , an animal lover , a Mensch and a soundtrack for all Waggener HS Class of 1960 mortals !
What a guy ! Thank you Tommy !
Cos was as good a friend as a man could have,.....RIP my friend
Dearest Tommy , you will always be with us , hearts reach out to your beautiful family .
You were the soundtrack of the best years we all shared in Louisville...our very own Wild Child ROCK ON Xxoxoxo xox See ya there .
Ann Henderson Wachtel- WHS-1960
Lake View Terrace, CA.
Although you have left us 'Cos', you will continue to be remembered by your peer's, me among them.
Cosmo was a light shining in Louisville and in the hearts of many. His music and love of horses parallel my joys in life. Rest in peace, Cosmo.
Tommy, you made a difference in my life...thank you for caring. I will miss you. Prayers for your family .
My dearest friend, I met you on the first day yiu transferred to Atherton, and we became close. We went out a few times as friends. I knew you also from being a Horseman's wife, and ran into you several times at the Downs. You were so kind and such a wonderful person to everyone. We had fun and shared many memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. You will be missed in my life and my heart. May you rest in peace and keep on rocking in Heaven. I will love you always, as a good friend and a wonderful entertainer!
You will forever be in my heart and thoughts. I treasure the time that we had together.