Tribute night to Sunderland music hero

Singer songwriter Tommy Morrison

Singer songwriter Tommy Morrison

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SUNDERLAND’s unsung musical hero will be remembered with a fund-raising tribute night.

Guitarist Tommy Morrison, from Herrington, worked with some of the UK’s best-known names in the 60s and 70s, including Paul Rodgers, lead singer of legendary rockers Free and Bad Company.

He also wrote songs for veteran vocalist Elkie Brooks and a host of local performers, as well as recording a string of tracks of his own, many of which were produced in the North East.

The dad-of-one died suddenly in January at the age of 67. Now a fund-raising evening is to be held at the Alexandra in Grangetown, with a host of well-known names from the Wearside music scene, including George Shovlin and Radars; Breaking Bad; Eddie Miller, Phil Caffery, Paul Old, and Tommy’s long-time collaborators, Jim Smith and Paul Jackson.

The fund-raising event will be held on Thursday from 7.30pm. Tickets are available from The Alexandra.

Proceeds will go to the RSPCA and Macmillan Cancer Care.