Saturday, November 18, 2006

Tucker Zimmerman "Ten Songs by Tucker Zimmerman" 1969

Tucker Zimmerman was born February 14, 1941, San Francisco California.

He studied violin from age 4 to age 7, playing a violin made by his grandfather, an immigrant from Bavaria in the late 19th century, who was both an architect and a violin maker.

At age 7 he was moved to Healdsburg (a rural town in Northern California) where he lived until the age of 17. He attended and graduated from both the grammar school and high school there. During this time he studied piano and trombone with private teachers. In 1956, through 1958 he was selected to play trombone in the California State High School Orchestra. Also in those same years he formed a 4-piece rock and roll band in which he sang and played piano (sax, bass and drums). This group played for local weddings and school dances.

In 1958 he returned to San Francisco and studied music for two years at San Francisco City College. Theory and history. He began composing at this time and studied privately with Robert Morton. He also played trombone in various jazz ensembles and big bands in the city. In 1959 He received an AA (Associate of Arts) degree from San Francisco City College.

From 1961 to 1966 he attended San Francisco State College (now University) where he studied theory and composition. He received at BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Music in 1964 and an MA (Master of Arts) in Theory and Composition in 1966. Private lessons in composition with Henry Onderdonk.

In 1965 he began writing songs (words and music) for his own voice with harmonica and guitar and to date has written over 800 such songs.

In 1966 he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study composition in Rome, Italy with Gofredo Petrassi. both privately and in master class at Santa Cecilia Academy. In 1967 the scholarship was renewed for a second year. During this time he began to perform his solo songs in various folkclubs in Rome.

In 1968 he left the academic world and moved to London where he began to seriously pursue his songwriting and singing. He lived in England for two years, first in London and then in Oxford, playing gigs under assumed names, posing as a Canadian, since he was not granted a work permit. He also worked in various recording studios as an arranger and musician. In 1969 he recorded his first album TEN SONGS BY TUCKER ZIMMERMAN produced by Tony Visconti for Regal Zonophone Records, EMI.

Tucker Zimmerman:
"While living in England I wrote 150 songs, but I couldn't get a single artist in London to sing one. My album had come out in December of 1968 - Ten Songs by Tucker Zimmerman - and was going absolutely nowhere. I learned later that the record company had signed me simply to keep me out of action for three years. They put me in their deep freeze so that I wouldn't offer any competition to the other (British) singer/songwriters they were promoting. I wasn't able to record again until 1971 when my contract with them expired."

Tucker Zimmerman : vocals, 12-string guitar, harmonica, piano, harpsichord, melotron
Tony Visconti : electric bass, 6-string Spanish guitar
Shawn Phillips : sitar, electric guitar
Rick Wakeman : organ
Aynsley Dunbar : drums

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Blogger Lizardson said...


18 November, 2006 05:49  
Anonymous frumious bandersnatch said...

I saw him live (in Paris!!) a few months ago in a small club called la Pomme d'Eve ("Eve's Apple") and it was a fantastic, moving gig. He was accompanied by his son on guitar.
Didn't think I could ever have the chance to listen to this album, it's a great rarity.
Thanks for this and for the constant quality of your blog.
Bravo !!!

18 November, 2006 16:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Liz,

Have you other albums of this great artist?
Could you post these?


18 November, 2006 19:46  
Anonymous slugbucket said...

This is excellent. Many thanks for all the good work in posting these lost gems.

19 November, 2006 13:21  
Blogger Tucker said...

Nothing I love more than great obscure
works I've never heard before. Many
thanks, buddy! LONG LIVE MUSIC!

23 November, 2006 12:58  
Blogger M.-Claire zimmerman said...

Thank you for all those kind words about Tucker's work.You can contact him directly at:
We have no manager.
Tucker is still writing songs and performing when invited. Too seldom these days though it is the part of the work he likes best.PARSIFAL distributes his double CD"Tucker Zimmerman à la Maison de la Poésie" 1995 and LC Music is the distributor of "Chautauqua" 1995.
M.-Claire zimmerman

03 July, 2007 21:27  
Blogger M.-Claire zimmerman said...

Please can you correct a mistake in my message, the dates of the 2 cd's Tucker recorded are both in 2005 and not 1995 !!!
Time flies faster than my memory.
All the best and thank you Marie-Claire Zimmerman.
By the way tucker would like to know who you are.....

05 July, 2007 08:36  
Anonymous the abominable sonoman said...

tucker's 1971 self-titled village thing release, courtesy of lost in tyme. tucker explands on the mellower side of "ten songs" on this release - mostly acoustic guitar, organ and vocals. some great songwriting on tracks like "the left hand of moses". the

i would really love to hear the 1969 "the red wind/moondog" single if someone has it...

04 January, 2008 11:25  
Anonymous ben watkins said...

I have several of his self titled album from 1971 that was released on the Autogram label. They are all in perfect mint unplayed condition. I am selling them along with many other mint unplayed folk and blues LPs on my website and is priced at 25 pounds. If anyone on this great blog is interested in this LP I am happy to sell them to you for 15 pounds plus postage. If anyone is interested please visit my website to have a look and email me if you want .
I do also have the red wind/moondog so if anyone is wanting this single or a cd recording of this single or the LP for them to enjoy let me know.
Tucker is great but is only my 2nd favorite on the village thing label, behind the great dave evans and his LP "words in between"

22 February, 2008 08:43  
Blogger roaring said...

i second the request for the red wind/moondog single!

21 October, 2008 03:27  
Anonymous Ivellios said...

Here you can listen to "The red wind":
I have recorded this from a vinyl and remastered it ;)

14 March, 2010 02:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please can you re-up this forgotten masterpiece? I love your monumental blog! greetings.

01 March, 2014 01:12  

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