Hall & Oates bass player T-Bone Wolk dies at age 58
Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, best known as the bass player for Hall & Oates, died Sunday (Feb. 28) at age 58 of a heart attack.
Wolk died Sunday in New York, hours after completing a recording session with Daryl Hall, who was working on a solo album.
Wolk had been scheduled to appear Monday night on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" with Hall and John Oates.
A busy session musician, he appeared on literally scores of recordings with such varied artists as Bette Midler, Billy Joel and Avril Lavigne. He played bass on several of Elvis Costello's recordings, accordion on Robert Palmer's "Heavy Nova" and guitar on Carly Simon's "Coming Around Again."
He was also the bass player in NBC's "Saturday Night Live" house band from 1986 to '92.
On his Web site, Wolk described himself as "that guy with the hat" performing with John Hall & Daryl Oates.
"Daryl used to refer to him as the ampersand in Hall & Oates," said his manager.
Here are the full statements from pals Hall and Oates.
"To say that I am shocked is the ultimate understatement. T-Bone was my musical brother and losing him is like losing my right hand. It's not if I will go on, but how. T-Bone was one of the most sensitive and good human beings that I have ever known. And, I can truly say that I loved him."
"His character was pure and his unique and quirky personality touched everyone he encountered. His musical sensibility was peerless, any instrument that he touched resonated with a sensitivity and skill level that I have never experienced while playing with any other musician. He possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of styles and musical history which he referenced to support all the artists that he played with over the years. He became our band's musical director over time leading by example and by the deference and respect that everyone who played alongside him so rightfully accorded him. He made everyone he played with better. So many times when I'm working on a musical passage or part, I think to myself: "How would T-Bone play this" and aspire to his level every time I perform. To this day I always keep one of his "I Love Vermont" guitar picks with me where ever I go and know in my heart that starting today the Heavenly Band just got one of the greatest multi-instrumentalist of all time and that band will from this day forward sound better than they ever have before."
Gone too soon. Condolences to his friends, family and fans.
Photo credit: Hall&Oates website.
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