Born Dion O'Brien on 2nd July 1934 in London,
Forms the folk based vocal group The
Springfields, with his sister Mary O'Brien (Dusty Springfield) on vocals
and Tim Field. Band name was reportedly partly inspired by Tim's
The Springfields sign to Philips
and 'Bambino' are minor hits on the UK singles chart.
Mike Hurst (ne Pickworth) on guitar/vocals,
replaces Tim Field in the line up.
'Silver Threads and Golden Needles'
reaches the Top 20 in the USA (it was unusual at the time for a British
act to chart in the USA) and number 1 in the Australian chart.
'Island of Dreams' written by Tom,
reaches number 5 in the UK singles chart in March.
'Say I Won't Be There' reaches number
5 in the UK singles chart.
The band splits in September, with a final
concert at the London Palladium.
Tom and Mike head for music production (Mike
will latterly work with Manfred Mann, Cat Stevens and Showaddywaddy among
others), whilst Dusty begins a successful solo singing career.
In November, Tom begins production work with
The Seekers, at EMI's Abbey Road studios.
'I'll Never Find Another You' by The
Seekers, written and produced by Tom, reaches number 1 in the UK singles
chart, number 3 in the USA, and number 1 in Australia.
'A World Of Our Own' by The Seekers,
written and produced by Tom, reaches number 3 in the UK singles chart, USA
#15, Australia #2.
Carnival Is Over' by The Seekers, written and produced by Tom, reaches
number 1 in the UK singles chart.
Tom also produces The Seekers album 'A
World Of Our Own' during the year.
'Walk With Me' by The Seekers, written
and produced by Tom, reaches number 10 in the UK singles chart.
'Georgy Girl' by The
Seekers, produced by Tom, and written by Tom with lyrics by Carry On actor
Jim Dale, and the title track from the soundtrack of the film 'Georgy
Girl', reaches number 3 in the UK singles chart, and number 1 in
the US singles chart.
also produces the The Seekers second album for EMI, 'Come The Day'
during the year, the album includes Tom's 1963 hit with The Springfields,
'Island of Dreams' and Tom and Jim Dale's 'Georgy
Tom splits amicably from The Seekers. 'On
The Other Side', co-written by Tom with Gary Osborne and Bob Sage, is
included on The Seekers' self-produced (with Keith Grant) album, 'Seen
Tom releases a solo album 'Sun Songs'
on the Decca recording label. He will continue to write songs for a
variety of artists, including himself and sister Dusty. He will also write
and record a number of TV and film theme tunes.
Tom is reportedly in the audience at The
Seekers UK tour concert at Wembley Arena, London on June 1st. He is
believed to be no longer actively involved in music. He presumably lives
somewhere in London or southern England.
If you can provide any more
information about Tom's music career as detailed above, then please contact the
Photo: At the wedding
of Mike Hurst to Sarah Hearne in the 1960's, Tom (second left), Dusty
Springfield, Mike Hurst, Sarah Hearne.
You find the lyrics for all the
recorded songs by The Seekers, including those written and produced by
Tom, on Richard Veit's site at www.baylor.edu/~Richard_Veit/.
This site also has links to a number of other sites related to The
You can find the chords to some of
the songs that Tom wrote for the Seekers on my site, here.
You can find a Springfields
discography at http://www.bahnhof.se/~grant/dusty/springfi.html