Tommy Ridgley, master of Rhythm & Blues,
celebrates 50 years of music with his band The Untouchables.

On August 11, 1999, the world experienced a tremendous loss with the passing of Thomas Herman Ridgley, better known as Tommy Ridgley.

Loved by everyone, Tommy Ridgley was a friend to all. We will miss his great musical talent, his heartfelt laugh, his warm personality, and his positive attitude. A band leader and performer for over half a century, Tommy Ridgley, made a huge mark in the Rhythm & Blues world.

There is an endless number of musicians and fans whose lives were touched by this outstanding performer.

Tommy Ridgley will be sadly missed. He was truly a good person and a real gentleman. Memorial services are being arranged and will be announced when finalized.

Earline Hutchison

Click here for a Real Audio sound clip
From 1998 WWOZ New Orleans
Jazz Fest compilation CD.

As a premier New Orleans' songwriter and performer, Tommy Ridgley's career began in 1949, when he was hired as a vocalist by Dave Bartholomew to record for Imperial Records. Tommy Ridgley later went on to record for Atlantic, Decca, Herald and several independent labels. His first recording, a 78 rpm record, "Shrewsbury Blues," (a tribute to his local neighborhood) was a big local hit.

Tommy Ridgley and his band, The Untouchables, have shared the spotlight with numerous well-known performers such as Little Willie John, Solomon Burke, Irma Thomas, Eddie Bo, Ernie K-Doe, Sam Cooke, Little Richard, Frankie Ford, Snooks Eaglin, George Porter, Jr., Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Ray Charles and The Blues Brothers.

A Rhythm & Blues legend, Tommy continued to work making music a pleasurable experience for his audience. His passion and dedication to his musical endeavors communicated his love for his profession.

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