Dougie Thomson

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Dougie Thomson (1980)

Douglas Campbell "Dougie" Thomson (pronounced "doogie") (born 24 March 1951) is a Scottish musician, born in Glasgow and raised in the Rutherglen area of the city. He is best known as the former bass guitarist of progressive rock band Supertramp.[1]

Career[edit]

Thomson's musical career began in August 1969, when he joined a local Glaswegian band "The Beings". In September 1971 he joined The Alan Bown Set where he briefly worked with future Supertramp colleague, John Helliwell. In February 1972, Thomson auditioned for Supertramp, and ended up playing several gigs as a temporary stand-in.

In 1973, Thomson permanently joined Supertramp and helped in the business management with Dave Margereson; he also persuaded John Helliwell to join the band.

Thomson played with Supertramp on all of their most famous albums: Crime of the Century, Crisis? What Crisis?, Even in the Quietest Moments, Breakfast in America, Paris, ...Famous Last Words..., Brother Where You Bound and Free as a Bird.

Supertramp initially disbanded in 1988, but have since done many reunion tours, including one planned for 2010. Thomson has not taken part in these reunions.

He has since become a publisher in the music business, creating Trinity Publishing, and worked with a Chicago, Illinois management company.

He is also an avid sailor, owning a number of yachts.[citation needed]

Thomson has four children, Laura, James, Kyle and Emma. James is a nationally ranked soccer referee, he is also an auto enthusiast holding full membership in an elite WV racing club. Kyle plays soccer for one of the most elite soccer clubs in the US, Sockers F.C. He is also working with JBM Management, managing bands such as New Sense, Disturbed, The Fags and Dark New Day.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition, (Billboard Books, 2010), 636.