Tommy Cunningham

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Tommy Cunningham
Birth name Thomas Cunningham
Born (1964-06-22) 22 June 1964 (age 50)
Origin Drumchapel, Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Pop
Occupations Drummer
Songwriter
Instruments Drums
Vocals
Years active 1982 - present
Associated acts Wet Wet Wet
Maggie Pie & The Impostors
The Sleeping Giants

Thomas "Tommy" Cunningham (born 22 June 1964, Drumchapel, Glasgow) is a Scottish musician, best known as the drummer for Wet Wet Wet.

Cunningham's father, Tom Sr., bought his son his first drum kit in 1977, "down the Social Club for £15". Shortly thereafter, a chance meeting with Graeme Clark on the school bus brought the two together. Over the next few years the two recruited fellow school friends Mark McLachlan and Neil Mitchell and concentrated on writing their original songs and perfected their song writing craft [1] Wet Wet Wet from their first released single of "Wishing I was Lucky" had chart success for a further 10 years.

Cunningham acrimoniously left the band in 1997 after a dispute over royalty payments,[2] and the band went on tour in 1998 without him. At its conclusion, the three remaining members went their separate ways. In 2004, however, they reunited.

Cunningham owned a transport taxi firm in Glasgow but sold it in 2008 to concentrate again on music. He still owns his local Bar, The Village Tavern in Duntocher. In 2010 Cunningham along with Billy Sloan (DJ journalist) put on a benefit show for their friend Tim Stevens (Tiger Tim, DJ ). Stevens suffers from multiple sclerosis and due to his illness had been forced to quit his job at Radio Clyde. On the same bill were Midge Ure, Jim Diamond, Gerard Kelly, Marti Pellow, Paulo Nutini and many more.

Tommy played drums on Jim Diamond’s album “City of Soul” released by Camino Records (catalogue number CAMCD40, release date 3 October 2011).[3] All proceeds from this album of Soul covers benefit the children's charity Radio Clyde Cash For Kids.[4]

Cunningham and the remaining 3 original members of Wet Wet Wet reformed in 2004 and continue to perform in arena sized venues.

Personal life[edit]

Cunningham is married to his childhood sweetheart Elaine Gallacher. They married in 1991, and have two children: Tayler and Stephen.[5]

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