Tommy Page

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Tommy Page
Tommy Page.jpg
Page in 1990
Background information
Birth name Thomas Alden Page
Born (1970-05-24)May 24, 1970
Glen Ridge, New Jersey, U.S.
Died March 3, 2017(2017-03-03) (aged 46)
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Pop, Dance, Freestyle
Occupation(s) Singer, pianist, songwriter
Instruments Vocal, piano
Years active 1988–2017
Labels Sire/Warner Bros. Records
Pony Canyon
Associated acts New Kids on the Block, Sa-Fire, La Casa, Sally Yeh, Donna De Lory, Amy Mastura, Ashley Tisdale, Tiffany, Green Day, Michael Bublé, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban, David Foster, Debbie Gibson
Website www.tommypage.com

Thomas Alden "Tommy" Page (May 24, 1970 – March 3, 2017)[1] was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his 1990 hit single "I'll Be Your Everything" and was later a music industry executive.

Early life

Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, to parents Fred and Miriam Page,[1] he grew up in nearby West Caldwell.[2] He graduated from James Caldwell High School with the class of 1985 at the age of 15.[3]

Page took a leave of absence from New York University's Stern School of Business when his music career started to take off. He returned to finish his remaining two years and graduated in 1997.

Career

To help support himself during his freshman year at Stern (then 16), Page worked as a cloakroom attendant in a popular New York nightclub called Nell's, taking the coats of stars such as Whitney Houston, Rob Lowe, and the Beastie Boys. The job gave Page a chance to play his demo tape to the house DJ, who then used the demos as part of his club mixes. The unknown sounds were so impressive that soon Page was introduced to Sire Records founder Seymour Stein,[4] who had previously launched the careers of Madonna and the Ramones.

When Page turned 18, he was asked to write the theme tune of the film Shag and released it as his first single. Page's self-titled debut album was released by Sire/Warner Bros. Records in November 1988 and contained hits such as "A Zillion Kisses," "Turning Me On," "I Think I'm in Love," and "A Shoulder to Cry On".

The follow-up album Paintings in My Mind (which he dedicated to his grandmother) gave Page a No. 1 single in the U.S., "I'll Be Your Everything," a song that was written with and features members of New Kids on the Block. Other singles from the album that were released after that were "When I Dream of You" and "Turn on the Radio" (another New Kids on the Block collaboration). The album also features "Don't Give Up on Love," a duet with Latin freestyle singer Sa-Fire. Sa-Fire and Page co-wrote the song, which was released as a single overseas.

Page's third album, released in 1991, was titled From the Heart, and his vocals there showcased a wider range with higher notes than previous efforts. On this album, the ballads were more orchestral. Tommy cited the songs in the album were inspired by the current music trend at the time of Wilson Phillips. The first single, "Whenever You Close Your Eyes," saw Page working with Michael Bolton and Diane Warren. "Under the Rainbow" and "Madly in Love" were also released as singles.

Page also appeared on an episode of Full House, titled "Crushed", which first aired on January 14, 1992.[5] In the episode, he sings a special song to Stephanie Tanner on her tenth birthday, but spends the following day with her sister D.J., much to Stephanie's dismay.

As an appreciation to his fans in Asia, Page released another album, A Friend to Rely On, in 1992. It contains a duet with Sally Yeh titled "I'm Always Dreaming of You" as well as a cover of Nik Kershaw's "Wouldn't It Be Good" and a song penned with Donna DeLory (best known as Madonna's backing singer) called "Heaven In Your Eyes." As house music was the current trend, the upbeat songs were produced in such form.

Before releasing his next album, Time, in 1994, Page replaced Donny Osmond for three months in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.[6]

Page concentrated on releasing his following albums in Asia, especially after he signed with the Japanese label Pony Canyon Records.[7]

In 1995, he released his first compilation album, Greatest Hits: Dedicated to You. That same year Page recorded a duet with Tiffany, "Close Our Eyes", for her album, All the Best.

His next studio album, Loving You, was released in 1996, containing a duet with Amy Mastura (from Malaysia), "The Best Part", as well as a cover of John Waite's 1984 hit "Missing You".

Ten 'Til Midnight, released in 2000, was only available for sale online.

In 2003 Page released a DVD collection of his music videos, which was sold through his website.

Page was one of the producers on Tennessee Girl's album Guilty Pleasures.

In 2011, after a successful stint as an executive at Warner Bros. Records,[8] where he helped to shape the careers of Michael Bublé, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban, and Green Day, among others, he joined Billboard [8] as publisher. He held that role for two years and was responsible for the successful relaunch of the brand.

As a publisher he created new features such as the Industry Icon Award as well as the infamous Power 100 List. In April 2013, Page joined Pandora Internet Media as Head of Music Partnerships.[9] He led the Artist Partnerships, Branded Content and Events Team.[8]

In 2015, Page released a single titled "I Break Down 2015", a slower version of his 1990 song of the same name. In June 2016, Page released an 18-track CD of his greatest ballads titled My Favorites, which included the 2015 single, "I Break Down 2015" (with vocals and instrumental version). The CD was only available for sale on his website.

La Casa

In 1993, Page and Latin freestyle singer Sa-Fire teamed up to create a house-music group called La Casa,[10][11] also featuring Allan Edwards Tibbett and Dacia Palmer. Page and Sa-Fire wrote and produced three songs, "Show Me the Way", "Get to You" and "Dance to My Music" for the group. The songs appeared on New Faces,[12] a house-music compilation on Sire/Warner Bros. Records.

Personal life and death

Page had three children (Owen, Alden and Ruby) with his husband Charlie.[13]

He died on March 3, 2017 of an apparent suicide.

Discography

Studio albums

Year Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[14]
CAN
[15]
1988 Tommy Page
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: LP, K7, CD
166
1990 Paintings in My Mind
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: LP, K7, CD
38 37
1991 From the Heart
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: LP, K7, CD
192
1992 A Friend to Rely On
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: LP, K7, CD
1994 Time
  • Label: Canyon International
  • Formats: LP, K7, CD
1996 Loving You
  • Label: Canyon International
  • Formats: CD
2000 Ten 'Til Midnight
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: CD

Extended play

Year Album
1990 Republic of Idols (R.O.I.)

Compilation albums

Year Title Album details
2000 Greatest Hits: Dedicated to You
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Formats: K7, CD
2016 My Favorites
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: CD

Singles

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
[16]
US DAN
[17]
CAN
[18][19]
UK
[20]
1988 "The Shag" Shag (soundtrack)
"Turning Me On" Tommy Page
"A Shoulder to Cry On" 29
"I Think I'm in Love"
1989 "A Zillion Kisses" 45
1990 "I'll Be Your Everything" 1 5 53 Paintings in My Mind
"Turn On the Radio"
"When I Dream of You" 42 79
"You Make Christmas Feel Like Heaven" Non-album single
1991 "Whenever You Close Your Eyes" From the Heart
"Under the Rainbow"
"My Shining Star"
1994 "Tell the World" Time
1995 "Close Our Eyes" (with Tiffany) All the Best (Tiffany)
2015 "I Break Down 2015" Non-album single

Soundtrack, guest, and compilation appearances

Year Song Appearance on
1989 "The Shag" Shag (soundtrack)
"Never Had It So Good" Cookie (soundtrack)
1990 "Blue Nights" Dick Tracy (soundtrack)
1992 "Stephanie" Episode 5.16 of Full House

Videography

Music videos

  • "The Shag"
  • "A Zillion Kisses"
  • "A Shoulder to Cry On"
  • "Turning Me On"
  • "I'll Be Your Everything"
  • "Turn on the Radio"
  • "When I Dream of You"
  • "Whenever You Close Your Eyes"
  • "Madly in Love"
  • "Under the Rainbow"
  • "Heaven in Your Eyes"
  • "I'm Always Dreaming of You" (feat. Sally Yeh)
  • "Time"
  • "Places in My Heart"
  • "The Best Part (feat. Amy Mastura)"
  • "Missing You"
  • "I Break Down 2015"

Video albums

  • I'll Be Your Everything Videos (1990)
  • Tommy Page: The Video Collection (2003)

References

  1. ^ a b "Thomas Page Obituary". Galante Funeral Home. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Hunt, Dennis. "Who Wants to Be Tied to New Kids? Not Singer/Songwriter Tommy Page", Los Angeles Times, May 20, 1990. Accessed October 25, 2015. "A native of tiny West Caldwell, N.J., Page was working as a coat-check boy in a New York dance club when he convinced the deejay to play his demo tape, which the dancers liked."
  3. ^ "James Caldwell alumni hold multi-class reunion", Lifestyles". Accessed October 25, 2015. "Some of those in attendance were Caldwell Police Lt. Marc Driggs, Class of '86; Tommy Page, Class of '85 who is a pop star in the Music Industry with a former No. 1 hit, 'I'll be your everything,' as well as acting credits on shows including Full House;
  4. ^ "Remembering Tommy Page: Seymour Stein Pays Tribute to His Longtime Friend". Billboard. March 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ ""Full House" Crushed". IMDb. Archived from the original on 2017-03-14. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Voice Theatre Acting Ensemble". Voice Theatre. Retrieved 13 March 2017. Ron Morehead... performed with Tommy Page in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. 
  7. ^ "Indies Vie for Niches in Burgeoning Asian Market". Billboard. July 30, 1994. Pony Canyon has a couple of new signings for the region [including] Tommy Page, the US singer previously a top seller in Asia via Warner Music International. 
  8. ^ a b c "Tommy Page on LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Archived from the original on 2016-12-30. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Tommy Page Joins Pandora as VP of Artist Relations and Brand Partnerships". All Access Music Group. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "New Faces music review". Vibe. October 1993. 
  11. ^ "Doubleplusgood / Subliminal NY / La Casa / Jose & Luis - New Faces (1993)". The Isle of Deserted Pop Stars. April 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ "New Faces". Discogs. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Thomas Page Obituary". Galante Funeral Home. Tommy is survived by his loving husband Charlie and their three children. 
  14. ^ Billboard 200: Peak positions for Tommy Page Billboard.com. Retrieved 4 June 2016
  15. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 52, No. 1 May 19, 1990". Archived from the original on March 14, 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-19. . RPM (magazine).
  16. ^ Billboard Hot 100: Peak positions for Tommy Page Billboard.com. Retrieved 4 June 2016
  17. ^ "ALLMusic Awards>> Penny McLean". Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved 2017-03-13. . AllMusic.
  18. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 23 April 21, 1990". Archived from the original on March 14, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-03. . RPM (magazine).
  19. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 52, No. 8 July 07, 1990". Archived from the original on March 14, 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-19. . RPM (magazine).
  20. ^ "OCC > Tommy Page". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 

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