About Tommy Dougherty

Tommy Dougherty with The New Soul Inc.

Tommy Dougherty was born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1941 and played the Houston club scene starting in the late 1950s as a singer and Hammond organ player. He was heavily influenced by Ray Charles and the great organist Jimmy Smith.

During the 1960s, he recorded the singles Karate K K with Leo Grimaldo and The Symbols in 1965 and the region hit Cold Cold World on Tear Drop Records in 1968.

In 1973 he moved to Nashville and played with The Mercy Blues nightly for two years at the famous Backstage Club. Tommy worked as a songwriter for Johnny Cash’s publishing company The House of Cash, and in 1974 he signed an artist deal with Odyssey Productions at a new studio called Audio Media, which would go on to become one of Nashville’s premier recording houses.

The Audio Media band consisted of the former Mercy Blues drummer Eddie Bayers, Dennis Burnside on piano, Paul Worley on guitar and Jack Jackson on bass. The band and producers at Audio Media would go on to record with the elite Nashville artists.

In 1975 the gospel blues album Touch My Soul was released on Emerald Gem Records. In 1977, Guinness Records released Tommy Dougherty.

After the 1970s, Tommy spent a great deal of time as a session singer, recording commercials for Miller Bear and numerous other companies, recording soundalikes and songs. In the 1980s he recorded with producers in attempts to sell him as a country artist. All the while he recorded his own blues songs, including the 1998 release Still Got Wings.
Tommy Dougherty passed away in 2017.

Tommy Dougherty circa 1960