- Thomas Owens
(b Philadelphia, Dec 25, 1927). American singer. When still a boy he and his family moved to New Orleans, where he began playing drums under the tutelage of Bunk Johnson. In 1945 the family settled in Los Angeles, and he sang in the choir at Jefferson High School; he also worked as an usher at the Lincoln Theater on Central Avenue and won contests at amateur shows there. Andrews began recording during his high school years and was soon a successful performer, both in the Central Avenue milieu and around the country. He sang with Harry James’s band during the years 1959–69, took part in concerts with the Capp–Pierce Juggernaut in the 1970s and 1980s, and toured with the Philip Morris Superband led by Gene Harris in 1989–90, but otherwise he was active mostly as a leader, usually working with a trio. He is the subject of the video documentary ...