Tommy McLain in 1966
March 15, 1940 |
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboards, drum, bass guitar, fiddle|
McLain first began performing in the 1950s, along with country singer Clint West. The two were both members of The Vel-Tones in the late 1950s and The Boogie Kings in the 1960s, and they recorded a duet, "Try to Find Another Man", in 1965. He also performed on Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars in the 1960s and DJed at Louisiana radio station, KREH. McLain's greatest fame was with his recording of the song "Sweet Dreams", which hit #15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966. It reached #49 in the UK Singles Chart the same year.
He also wrote Freddy Fender's hit single, "If You Don't Love Me Alone (Leave Me Alone)". McLain appears along with the Mule Train Band in the Paul Newman film, The Drowning Pool. McLain continues to perform in the American Deep south with his backing group the Mule Train Band.
McLain was more recently featured as a guest artist on an album recorded by Larry Lange and his Lonely Knights of Austin, TX, entitled "Wiggle Room"(2011), which debuts two brand new songs penned by McLain; perhaps the most notable one being, "Don't Make Me Leave New Orleans", a heart-felt ballad that McLain wrote in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Plans are in the works for McLain to rejoin Larry Lange to record a full-length album with the Lonely Knights.
The award-winning British artist Lily Allen included Tommy McLain's cover of "Before I Grow Too Old" as one of her 8 favorite songs. This was included on the popular British radio programme "Desert Island Discs" on 29 June 2014.