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TOMMY CALTON
The Musician:

Tommy Calton picked up his first guitar at age 12, joined his first band at age 13, and from that time to the present, has a list of accomplishments and credits that any guitarist would envy.
 
In 1973, with partner Marc Phillips, he co-founded the Birmingham, AL group "Hotel" which would write a ballet in 1976, and become MCA recording artists in 1979. The group charted five times on Billboard Hot 100. Also, doing session guitar for many artists and agencies, he recorded for Frederic Knight with Juana Records, David Guthrie with Arista Records, and Beth Nielson Chapman. He also recorded national jingles for Little Debbie, Tony Romas, Barnum & Bailey, Disney on Ice, South Central Bell, and The Three Musketeers.
 
In 1982 with Marc Phillips, he co-founded "Split the Dark", a group which won the 1986 MTV Basement tapes by 77% of the vote. He was also recruited by his hometown's best musicians to co-produce and record for "Toys for Tots", which include the Temptations Eddie Kendrick, and Count Basie bassist, Cleve Eaton.
 
In 1988 he moved to New Orleans and was recruited by the Meters bassist, George Porter Jr., to become the first guitarist for the band "Runnin' Partners". After two years of performing funky music, Tommy moved to Orlando, FL, where he met and performs with several great musicians and groups in the area.
 
In 1993 Tommy met Charlie DeChant, sax player for Hall & Oates, and Steve Sienkiewicz, to form the five piece "Charlie DeChant Band" which records and performs original material written by Charlie DeChant. They also formed a trio called "The Kings". This group performs acoustic and new age music.
 
Tommy was introduced to Mike Franklin in 1994, and became the guitarist for "The Franklin Brothers Band", and the oldies Rock-n-Roll band "Rockin' Robin" that was proclaimed the "best rock and roll band on the planet" by Wolfman Jack. This band backs up many great artists such as the Coasters, the Drifters, Lou Christie, Del Shannon, Tommy Rowe, Freddie Cannon, Joe Walsh, Fabian, Melenie, Spencer Davis, Eric Burdon, Leslie West, Edgar Winter, and the list goes on. Tommy has been performing and recording with the Franklin Music Group since that time.
 
In 1998, the Hard Rock Cafe Corporation built a 2,600 seat theatre in Orlando, FL, and hired Mike Franklin as the music director to put together an All Star Band to perform with name artists. This became the "Hard Rock Live Band", with Tommy as the lead guitarist, Mike Franklin on keyboards, and Tim Franklin on bass. The band also includes Liberty Devitto, drummer for Billy Joel, Hall & Oates saxman, Charlie DeChant, Steve Walters, trumpet player for the Temptations and Four Tops, Randi Paul, singer for The Crusaders, and Mark Clermont, drummer for Ritchie Kicklighter. This band has backed up such artists as Bobby Kimball, Leslie West, Edgar Winter, Eric Burdon, Spencer Davis and Melanie, to name a few.
 
This past year, Tommy started a project with Liberty Devitto, Doug Bare, and Larry Jacoby called "The Funk Club". Steve Walters and Charlie DeChant were added for good measure, and they began to record a blend of Booker T and the MG's and The Meters, with a touch of their own spirit to come up with a real funky sound. Tommy currently resides in Orlando with his wife Betty. He performs with the Hard Rock Live Band, Rockin' Robin, The Franklin Brothers, and the Charlie DeChant Band among others. He is also busy writing and recording for projects, including his own solo acoustic guitar pieces.
 

Discography

RECORDS:
Hotel - Hotel - MCA
Hotel - Half Moon Silver - MCA
Split The Dark - Keep It To Yourself - RSVP
Runnin Partner - George Porter, Jr. - Rounder
Pat Travers - Please Don't Feed The Gators - Shrapnel
Carl Garner - One Cool Cat
Felix The Cat - Glack Cat Blues (Various Artists)
Charlie DeChant - The Moon at Noon
Pat Frost - Everything's Normal Here
Big Bopper, Jr. - Legacy of the Big Bopper
Jackie Jones - Sweet & Sassy
Cassanova - Two Faces
Kayonne Riley - The Prophet Said To Boo
Baby Blues - Natural Beauty
Barney & Friends - Barney's Magical Castle - Lyric
God's Songs for America - God's Songs for America
Plan9 - Rearview - Plan9 Parters
Hugo - Velvet Playground - King Bonehead Music
Cast In Bronze - The Bells of Christmas
Melanie - Beautiful People - Brilliant Records
Melanie - Shine On - Disky/Deshima
Melanie - Moments From My Life - Disky
The Swingin' Lamplighters - Get Away - Way Back Records
Funky Blues Messiahs - Lost In Mississippi - Trackspotting
Dawn Catron - Nightbird
Kyle Henderson - Songs in the Key of Love
Avo Uvezian - Legacy
Tommy Roe - Salute
 
SINGLES:
Is That Good Enough for You - Juana Records
You'll Love Again - Mercury Records
You've Got Another Thing Coming - MCA Records
Hold On to the Night - MCA Records
Cold Blooded Red Hot Love - MCA Records
Half Moon Silver - MCA Records
Safe In the Harbor - Arista Records
Melanie - Dust In The Wind/For What It's Worth - Disky