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Beloved Memphis musician Tommy Hoehn, 1955 – 2010

July 1, 2010

Thomas Forbes Hoehn, better known to the Memphis music community as Tommy, died on June 24 after a year-long battle with cancer. A staple in the local music scene, Hoehn was in the midst of working on a new project at the time of his death. The project will be finished by his friends and family.

Below is an excerpt from The Commercial Appeal’s story on Hoehn. Read the full piece here.

Memphis musician and power-pop scene staple Tommy Hoehn has died.

Hoehn, known for his solo work and collaborations with Big Star members Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, had been battling cancer for the past year. The 55-year-old Hoehn died on Thursday night at Methodist University Hospital.

In recent months Hoehn had been working on a new project, gathering together a mix of older material and fresh recordings. He had also been scheduled to take part in the Big Star/Alex Chilton tribute at the Levitt Shell last month, but his worsening condition precluded an appearance.

“He was brilliant, one of those people who was a total natural, naturally gifted,” said his friend and frequent musical foil, Van Duren. “Tommy was a really unique and terrific singer, a guitarist and a great keyboard player, and completely self-taught. He appreciated music — all kinds of music.”

Raised in Memphis, Hoehn began playing in high school garage bands with future Scruffs leader Stephen Burns.

Leading the second wave of Memphis power pop in the mid-’70s, Hoehn became a fixture at Midtown’s Ardent Studios.

You can also read Hoehn’s obituary in The Commercial Appeal.

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