Tom "T-Bone" Wolk passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 27 of an apparent heart attack. He had just turned 58 in December. He'd lived in Saxtons River and in the Brattleboro area for the past 20 years.
An accomplished musician, Wolk was best know as the multi-hat-wearing bass player in the Saturday Night Live house band when it was led be G. E. Smith from 1986 to 1992, and from 1981 on he had been the bass player with Daryl Hall and John Oates of Hall and Oates fame. Hall and Oates is one of the most successful duos in rock history, with six #1 hits, 34 Billboard Top 100 hits, six gold albums and seven that went platinum. At the time of his death, Wolk continued to play regularly in concert with Hall and Oates, and was essentially co-host and guitarist on Hall's groundbreaking monthly internet show, Live from Daryl's House (www.livefromdarylshouse.com).
On the website, Hall posted the following about T-Bone's death: To say that I am shocked is the ultimate understatement. T-Bone was my musical brother and losing him is like losing my right hand. It's not if I will go on, but how. T-Bone was one of the most sensitive and good human beings that I have ever known. And, I can truly say that I loved him.
His death occurred just hours after a recording session with Hall in Pawling, NY, and a day or so before he was appear on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with Hall & Oates.
As an accomplished accordion player (he had been New York state champion at 13!), bassist and guitarist, Wolk worked as a session musician, music director and producer throughout his career.
A small sampling of some of the performers Wolk worked with includes some of the greatest names in modern music: Carly Simon, Shawn Colvin, Elvis Costello, Roseanne Cash, Cyndi Lauper, Harry Nilsson, Amanda Marshall, Grey Eye Glances, Paul Carrack, Diane Ziegler, Charlie Musselwhite, Jewel, Ivo, Jellyfish, Avril Lavigne, Billy Joel, Joe Pesci, Leslie Miller, John Eddie, Chynna Phillips and Eileen Ivers.