Music producer and singer-songwriter Tommy West, who played a role in the short-lived career of musician Jim Claus, died of complications related to Parkinson’s disease, his family said. He was 78 years old.
West died in hospice care on Sunday.
Born to Thomas Picard Jr. in Jersey City, New Jersey, according to his friend Mike Ragogna, he developed his musical talent after his family moved to Neptune.
“His music career began in 1958 as a co-founder of the doo-wop group The Criterions, with his childhood friend and future founder of The Manhattan Transfer, Tim Hause,” said Ragogna.
West met Croce in 1961 when both were students at Villanova College.
West and Terry Cashman won the platinum status by co-producing three albums for Croce in the early 1970s. “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” “Life and Times,” and “I Got A Name” included the hit singles “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Timeina Bottle.”
In 1973, a plane crash occurred in Louisiana, killing Claus at the age of 30.
West and Cashman also wrote a song for the “Partridge Family” television musical sitcom featuring David Cassidy and his stepmother Shirley Jones.
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Tommy West, co-producer of Jim Claus’s album, dies at the age of 78
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