FP100 Fife bands 52. Tommy Lister & The Dunfermline City Jazzmen

Tommy Lister and Dunfermline City Jazzmen
Tommy Lister and Dunfermline City Jazzmen
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Trumpter Tommy Lister led something of a jazz revival in the early 1960s, and was a popular performer who played with many talented musicians during his career.

Tommy Lister & The Dunfermline City Jazzmen were one of the many acts to play the Kinema Ballroom.

The band included Tommy’s father, Harry, on bass, as well as Dick Richardson (trombone), Al Crawford (clarinet), Frank Barr (guitar) and Dave Simpson (drums).

They were all from various towns and villages in west Fife, including Dunfermline, Lochgelly and Limekilns.

When the band broke up, Tommy joined Hamish McGregor to form a band called ‘amish McGregor and the Clansmen.

After a couple of years, they became The Memphis Road Show.

They were a 10-piece R’n’B/soul band, mainly from Edinburgh, and included the songwriter Bob Heatlie on saxophone.

Bob wrote ‘Japanese Boy’, a major hit in the 1980s for Aneka, selling over 4.5 million copies, and also wrote some of Shakin’ Stevens’ greatest hits.

When The Memphis Road Show decided to call it a day, Tommy left Scotland and went to live in Cape Town, South Africa.