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Tom Vickers

Tom Vickers

Tom (pictured with George Clinton, left) was born and raised in Boston and graduated from San Francisco State University. He wrote for Rolling Stone and Phonograph Record in the mid-'70s and became the "Minister of Information" for Parliament-Funkadelic. He has worked at major labels for close to twenty years as either a publicist, music publisher or A&R man, including in the following roles:

1980-1982, West Coast Director of Publicity, A&M Records
1985-1988, Professional Manager, Almo Irving Music
1988-1990, Director of A&R, Capitol Records
1998 to 2001, A&R consultant, Vanguard
1990-April 1997 Senior Director of A&R, Mercury/Parachute Records. 
Currently he is a music consultant and career coach.

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Little Feat: Feats Don't Fail Me Now (Warners BS2784)

Review by Tom Vickers, Midnight Sun, 3 October 1974

Feats is cult ...

George Benson: Keystone Korner, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Tom Vickers, Midnight Sun, 28 November 1974

Some things of funk and feet ...

Roy Buchanan, Howard Wales: Boarding House, San Francisco

Live Review by Tom Vickers, Midnight Sun, 12 December 1974

The old master ...

Bobby "Blue" Bland, B.B. King: B.B. King, Bobby Bland: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Tom Vickers, Midnight Sun, 16 January 1975

North Beach walk ...

Graham Central Station: Ain't No 'Bout-a-Doubt It (Warner Bros. BS 2876)

Review by Tom Vickers, Rolling Stone, 6 November 1975

LARRY GRAHAM and company create infectious, commercial funk that may grab but doesn't hold. Graham is a competent bass player and singer but lacks depth ...

Labelle: Paramount Theater, Oakland, CA

Live Review by Tom Vickers, Rolling Stone, 6 November 1975

Climax Lacks at Glittering Labelle Premiere ...

KC & the Sunshine Band, George McCrae: Sunshine Band Sees Daylight — That's the Way K.C. Likes It

Profile and Interview by Tom Vickers, Rolling Stone, 20 November 1975

SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA — K.C. and the Sunshine Band threw a down-home dance party on the Circle Star Theatre's usually sedate stage. Whistles turned to ...

Bill Withers: Making Music (Columbia PC 33704)

Review by Tom Vickers, Rolling Stone, 1 January 1976

BILL WITHERS' metier is middle-of-the-road soul. On Making Music, Withers has traded in his earlier, sparse sound for a muted lushness. The browns and deep ...

Journey's Long Road: From Santana to Space Rock

Interview by Tom Vickers, Rolling Stone, 15 January 1976

SAN FRANCISCO — A few years after acid rock dried up in the Bay Area, the talk turned to the music of the Mission district ...

Kenny Gamble, O'Jays: The O'Jays: Loving the Music with Gamble & Huff

Report and Interview by Tom Vickers, Rolling Stone, 15 January 1976

LOS ANGELES — Walking by what used to be a restaurant at the Beverly Comstock Hotel in Beverly Hills, one wonders why they keep playing ...

Earth, Wind & Fire: Earth, Wind and Fire: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA

Live Review by Tom Vickers, Rolling Stone, 26 February 1976

Cosmic Come-On: Earth, Wind & Too Much Fire ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass: Break Up Everybody: The Blue Notes Split

Report and Interview by Tom Vickers, Rolling Stone, 25 March 1976

PHILADELPHIA — Two blocks from Gamble and Huff's Philadelphia International offices, Theodore Pendergrass sat and talked about how the Blue Notes had changed from waking ...

Ted Nugent Unleashes His Little Ball of Fire

Report and Interview by Tom Vickers, Rolling Stone, 8 April 1976

HAMMOND, INDIANA —   Most rock stars look to groupies, drugs or hotel wrecking to relieve the tensions of the road. But Ted Nugent, who ...

Archie Bell and the Drells, Thom Bell, Kenny Gamble, O'Jays: Gamble & Huff: It's Got a Good Beat, and You Can Pray to It

Report and Interview by Tom Vickers, Rolling Stone, 20 May 1976

The only way for our music to go is the way the world goes. And where it goes negative, we're going to show where it ...

George Clinton, Funkadelic, Parliament: A Journey to the Center of Parliament/Funkadelic

Report and Interview by Tom Vickers, Rolling Stone, 26 August 1976

They're Coming to Take You Away, Ha-Ha ...

Syreeta Wright: One To One (Motown t6-349ST)

Review by Tom Vickers, Phonograph Record, April 1977

MOST FEMALE singer-songwriters are prisoners of producers, and Syreeta Wright is no exception. Her most popular release, Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta Wright, came out in ...

The Cadillacs, The Miracles, O'Jays, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Cholly Atkins: The Man Who Put Pep In Soul's Step

Interview by Tom Vickers, Black Music, May 1977

Choreographer Cholly Atkins is the most important figure in the history of black music stage presentation. The choreographer who conceived all those unison spins and ...

Marvin Gaye Insight

Interview by Tom Vickers, Phonograph Record, June 1977

COMPLEX, MYSTERIOUS, INSPIRED & STUBBORN KIND OF FELLOW ...

The Jacksons, Tavares: Tavares: Madame Butterfly (Capitol); The Jacksons: Destiny (Epic)

Review by Tom Vickers, Ampersand, April 1979

VOCAL GROUPS are in a tenuous position as a result of the disco-funk surge. Disco is, for the most part, a music form for producers ...

Rick James: Bustin' out of L7 (Motown)

Review by Tom Vickers, Ampersand, May 1979

JAMES BURST upon the scene with one of last year's biggest crossover hits, 'You and I'. As the funk movement has gained strength as black ...

Michael Jackson: Off the Wall (Epic)

Review by Tom Vickers, Ampersand, November 1979

LIKE MOST great popular singers, Michael Jackson has an immediately recognizable voice. That unique instrument has never been so well used as on Off the ...

Stevie Wonder: Hotter Than July (Tamla)

Review by Tom Vickers, Ampersand, February 1981

THE PAST few years have seen Stevie Wonder bury his soulful fire with overblown pretention (Songs in the Key of Life) or symphonic dross (The ...

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