Tommy Ridgley

Tommy Ridgley

Tommy Ridgley (October 30, 1925 – August 11, 1999) was an American R&B singer and bandleader in New Orleans, Louisiana. Born Thomas Herman Ridgley, he released his debut single "Shrewsbury Blues" in New Orleans in 1949 for Imperial Records. In the 1950s he formed his group the Untouchables, and recorded for labels such as Decca, Atlantic and Herald. His 1952 release "Tra-La-La" on Decca was later covered and made famous by Pat Boone.

In the 1960s he signed with the local Ric Records, and released some singles which were to become local hits, but none of them broke through to create a stir nationally. These sides included "Double-Eyed Whammy" and "I've Heard That Story Before", a remake of the song first recorded for Herald.
During the 1970s and 1980s, there were fewer recording opportunities for Ridgley, however, he continued to record for local labels, and continued to perform. He kept performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival every year from 1972 until his death.

In the 1990s, he released three newly recorded albums. How Long? came out on the Sound of New Orleans label in 1990, and She Turns Me On followed two years later on Modern Blues Recordings. He was supported by musicians such as George Porter, Jr. and Raymond Weber on 1995 album Since The Blues Began from Black Top Records. It also featured guest guitarist Snooks Eaglin and turned out to be one of the most solid efforts in his career, but this became his last recorded album. He suffered from kidney failure in his last few years, and died from lung cancer in 1999.

The New Orleans singer, Sammy Ridgley is his younger brother.

Title Album Genre Tools
When I Meet My Girl The Herald Recordings Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Tommy Ridgley
Genres:
Pop and R&B/Soul
Instruments:
Drums, Guitar, Horns, and Saxophone
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Percussive/Drums, Quirky, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, In Love, Sunny Day, and Victory
Subgenres:
Motown
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
Male
CD/Track #:
The Herald Recordings, #1
Release Year:
1957
Track ID:
53131
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Baby Do Liddle The Herald Recordings Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Tommy Ridgley
Genres:
Pop and R&B/Soul
Instruments:
Drums, Guitar, Horns, and Saxophone
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Funny, Quirky, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, In Love, Sunny Day, and Victory
Subgenres:
Motown
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
Male
CD/Track #:
The Herald Recordings, #3
Release Year:
1957
Track ID:
53136
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
What'cha Gonna Do The Herald Recordings Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Tommy Ridgley
Genres:
Pop and R&B/Soul
Instruments:
Drums, Guitar, Horns, and Saxophone
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Quirky, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Motown
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
CD/Track #:
The Herald Recordings, #5
Release Year:
1957
Track ID:
53137
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Come Back Baby The Herald Recordings Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Tommy Ridgley
Genres:
Pop and R&B/Soul
Instruments:
Drums, Guitar, Horns, and Saxophone
Keywords:
Bright, Funky/Groove, Quirky, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, Goodbye, and Make-Up
Subgenres:
Motown
Tempo:
Very Fast
Vocal Types:
Male
CD/Track #:
The Herald Recordings, #11
Release Year:
1955
Track ID:
53143
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Tina The Herald Recordings Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Tommy Ridgley
Genres:
Pop and R&B/Soul
Instruments:
Drums, Guitar, Horns, and Saxophone
Keywords:
Bright, Funky/Groove, Quirky, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, Goodbye, and Heartbreak
Subgenres:
Motown
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Female and Male
CD/Track #:
The Herald Recordings, #7
Release Year:
1959
Track ID:
53141
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Alone But Not Lonely The Herald Recordings Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Tommy Ridgley
Genres:
Pop and R&B/Soul
Instruments:
Drums, Guitar, Horns, and Saxophone
Keywords:
Bright, Funky/Groove, Quirky, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, Goodbye, and Heartbreak
Subgenres:
Motown
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
CD/Track #:
The Herald Recordings, #6
Release Year:
Track ID:
53139
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
How I Feel The Herald Recordings Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Tommy Ridgley
Genres:
Pop and R&B/Soul
Instruments:
Drums, Guitar, Horns, and Saxophone
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Moody, Quirky, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Ballroom Dance, End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, In Love, Make-Out, Make-Up, Victory, and Wedding
Subgenres:
Motown
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Female and Male
CD/Track #:
The Herald Recordings, #14
Release Year:
1959
Track ID:
53144
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Just A Memory The Herald Recordings Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Tommy Ridgley
Genres:
Pop and R&B/Soul
Instruments:
Drums, Guitar, Horns, and Saxophone
Keywords:
Bright, Funky/Groove, Quirky, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, and Goodbye
Subgenres:
Motown
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
Male
CD/Track #:
The Herald Recordings, #9
Release Year:
1957
Track ID:
53142
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
I've Heard That Story Before The Herald Recordings Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Tommy Ridgley
Genres:
Pop and R&B/Soul
Instruments:
Drums, Guitar, Horns, and Saxophone
Keywords:
Bright, Funky/Groove, Quirky, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, Goodbye, and Heartbreak
Subgenres:
Motown
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
CD/Track #:
The Herald Recordings, #2
Release Year:
1958
Track ID:
53134
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Take Me Back