|Birth name Thomas Quigley|
Labels Piccadilly, Pye
Record label PRT Records
Years active 1962–1966
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Musician (retired)
Name Tommy Quickly
Associated acts Cilla Black
|Born July 7, 1945 (age 70) (1945-07-07) |
Similar People The Remo Four, Johnny Sandon, The Fourmost, Billy J Kramer, Sounds Incorporated
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Tommy Quickly (born Thomas Quigley, 7 July 1945, in Norris Green, Liverpool, Lancashire, England) was a Liverpool rock and roll singer in the early 1960s. He was a later signing of artist manager Brian Epstein, whose biggest act was the Beatles.
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- Tommy Quickly Heaven Only Knows
- Professional career
Tommy Quickly - Heaven Only Knows
Spotted as the vocalist with local group the Challengers, Epstein liked Quigley but not the band, suggesting first a name change (to "Tommy Quickly and the Stops"), then pairing him instead with the Remo Four. The next change was in song selection; whilst Quickly's voice was best suited to rhythm and blues, Epstein steered him toward pop songs, starting with his first single, "Tip of My Tongue", written by the Beatles songwriters John Lennon and Paul McCartney. He then made the usual round of appearances on stage and in public, and was promoted by Epstein as part of his NEMS Enterprises artist stable.
"Tip of My Tongue" was a flop, as were his next four singles. His fifth single, "Wild Side of Life", made the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, spending eight weeks there. Described as young, naive and impulsive, and seemingly overwhelmed with matters since parting with the Challengers, Quickly was ill-prepared for the spotlight. When follow-up hits did not materialise, and with manager Epstein unable to push him further, Quickly retired from the music industry in 1965, and for a short time hosted a British variety show for under-twelves, The Five O'Clock Club, his last appearance on the show and in any sort of spotlight being in January 1966. Later that year he spent tıme in Walton Hospital, Liverpool, suffering from a breakdown.
Tommy Quickly and the Remo Four can be seen performing "Humpty Dumpty" in the 1965 film Pop Gear (billed in the United States as Go Go Mania).