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Thomas Wayne with the DeLons – Tragedy

Thomas Wayne with the DeLons

  • Thomas Wayne Perkins
  • Sandra Brown
  • Nancy Reed
  • Carol Moss

Video:  This is not a live video, but it does show the Bandstand Dancers and my favourite Pat Molittieri

Wayne, who was born Thomas Wayne Perkins July 22, 1940, Batesville, Mississippi, was the brother of Johnny Cash’s guitarist, Luther Perkins.

He released several singles between 1958 and 1964, primarily on the labels Fernwood and Mercury. He scored a major U.S. hit with the song “Tragedy” (credited to “Thomas Wayne with the DeLons”), which peaked at #20 on the Black Singles chart and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959.

Tragedy/ Fernwood 109/ February 1959/ #5 Billboard

Tragedy” sold over one million copies, earning gold disc status! The song proved to be Wayne’s only hit, however.

When Elvis was conscripted into the US Army in early 1958, his backing trio, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, and DJ Fontana, were made redundant. Returning to Memphis, Black and Moore found themselves at a loose end. Black took a day job (pending the subsequent formation of Bill Black’ Combo).

Scotty Moore fell in with owners of Fernwood Records, a local label run on a shoestring by a Memphis truck driver named Slim Wallace. He was glad he did!

Wayne went on to work as a sound engineer, before he died August 15, 1971, Memphis, Tennessee in a car accident.