Full Name: Thomas Wayne Perkins

Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
Known For: Known for the song “Tragedy” – 1957

Instruments: Voivce, Guitar
Music Styles: Country

Location: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Date Born: 22nd July 1940
Location Born: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Date Died: 15th August 1971
Location Died: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Cause Of Death: Car crash

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Thomas Wayne

Guitarist, singer.

A recording of the song by “Thomas Wayne and the DeLons” “Tragedy”. A song by Gerald H. Nelson and Fred B. Burch.

The guitar on the record was Scotty Moore, Elvis’s guitar player and the bass was Bill Black Elvis’s bass player. The record sold over one million copies.

A 1961 cover version by The Fleetwoods rose to #10 on the charts.

Wayne’s hit version was released on Memphis, Tennessee-based Fernwood Records, which was owned by Ronald “Slim” Wallace (1957-1965).

TRAGEDY” by Thomas Wayne & The Delons was recorded on the Fernwood Records label in 1959. Thomas was born Thomas Wayne Perkins in Batesville, Mississippi in 1940 & sadly passed away in an automobile accident in 1971. He was just 31 years of age.


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