Tom Walker

Obituary
  • "Bless Tommy, You're missed"
    - della
  • "I sure am glad that I can say that Tom was always my friend..."
    - Chuck Maultsby
  • "Dear Tommy, as always better late then never. I met you in..."
    - Barbara Dillon
  • "I remember you from years ago Mr. Walker and loved your..."
    - Yvonne Salisbury
  • "Jula: Tom and I were close in the 1990's and we stayed in..."
    - Judy Hogan Van Wickler

Tom Walker Legendary blues guitarist Tom Walker passed away on Friday, July 20, 2007 at the age of 58 of natural causes. Tom has left behind daughter Jula Walker, mother Pat Walker, brother Bill Walk, sisters Wendy Ferrell and Trish Heffelman, and countless friends. Tom was the founder of the local surf band The Intruders (1963), which later changed their name to The Dearly Beloved (1965). They scored a #1 KTKT top 40 chart hit, #1 on American Bandstand for six weeks, and reached the top fifty on the Billboard Charts in 1966 with the song "Peep Peep Pop Pop". The Dearly Beloved opened for many bands, including The Buffalo Springfield, The Doors, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Mothers of Invention, and B.B. King to name a few. They were fired from touring with The Buffalo Springfield because they were too good. Tom was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 1997. He fronted and played with Sam Taylor. Tom was The Boogieman Blues Band. He will be inducted into the new Tucson Musicians Museum this November. Although Tom played all genres of music, his home was in the Blues. Tom was a pillar of strength-wise beyond his years, a mentor and teacher, the best storyteller, and the greatest guitarist/songwriter of his time. He will be sorely missed by all of us who have been entertained by him over the last forty years, and those of us who have loved him his entire life. Funeral service 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2007 at BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway Blvd., with burial to follow at TMP South Lawn Cemetery. Friends may visit at BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL from 12:30 p.m. to service time.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on July 23, 2007