Nicknamed in reference to Aaron Thibeaux “T-Bone” Walker by his pal, frequent band-mate, and ace guitarist G.E. Smith, Tom Wolk anchored the Daryl Hall & John Oates band during their 1980s glory years and beyond, plying mighty grooves with his vintage instruments (mostly a Fender Precision) on such seminal tracks as “Maneater,” “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do),” “Method of Modern Love,” and “Downtown Life” to cite a very select few.
A accomplished producer, guitarist, accordionist, songwriter, musical director, and first call session cat, Wolk also excelled in the service of The Saturday Night Live House Band (1986-92), Elvis Costello (King of America, Spike, Mighty Like a Rose), Willie Nile, Roy Orbison (King of Hearts), Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Shawn Colvin, Eve Moon, New York Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams, and the fine solo works of both Daryl and John, among scores of others.
An engaging personality and live performer, T-Bone was that rare consummate player who made all those around him sound better and never, to my ears, played a single note that wasn’t absolutely necessary! Be advised to check out the 30th episode of Live From Daryl’s House for a heartfelt musical tribute to late, great Mr. Wolk as rendered by his peers.