singer/songwriter who recorded for A&M and CBS through the 1970's, working with Mimi
Farina, Bill Payne, Jeff Porcaro, Jerry Swallow and Lowell George.
There has been little in the press or the music books about Tom
These unofficial pages are an attempt to bring together what information there is.
1971 Festival at Big Sur
1971 Take Heart
1974 Tom Jans
1976 Eyes of an only child
1977 Dark Blonde
Link to "The Two Toms and a lost record"
an article about the search for "Champion".
A list of some of the recordings of Tom
Jans' songs by other artistes. This is now a separate page.
Whistle down the wind Tom Waits Bone Machine 1992
Best of Friends Mimi Farina Solo 1985
Best of Friends Joan Baez Where are you now my son 1973
I do not have very much biographical information about Tom
Jans. There are some additional comments in the A&M 1974
Los Angeles based artist Robert Florczak has written A Memoir.
Tom Jans was born on 9th February 1948 in Yakima Washington. His mother was born in
Montana and her mother was born in
Nebraska. Tom's Grandmother played in an
old time western style band called the Rocky Mountain Five. Tom Jans grew up in the Bay Area and focused on English Lit. as a
senior, graduating from Willow Glen High School in 1966. He then attended the University
of California at Davis, majored in English and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
In her book "And a voice to sing with", Joan
Baez says Tom Jans died in a car crash. Henk Dekker in his 1997 article in Platenblad,
says Tom Jans was found dead in his house in Brentwood on 25th March 1984. I have been
told that Tom was in a serious motorcycle accident prior to his death and the
complications from it had a lot to do with his demise.
Can you please help by providing more information ?
Tom Jans' Date of Birth is usually quoted as 1949
Recently found papers indicate 1948 is correct
thanks to maryo, maryj, angela,
billh & jr in sunny ca.,
graeme in aus, miken in ny, df in sf, sonjab & hans
photo credit: tom sheehan
London 20th May 1977
(tom, please get in touch if I should pay a royalty for the use of the photographs)
This page updated
January 2004 by
GMGough AT Clara.net
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