Thomas Edwards was born on February 17, 1922, in Richmond, Virginia, where as a pre-teen he was already singing and entertaining. As a young man with a voice that was often compared to that of Nat “King” Cole, he moved to New York City and sang demo recordings of songs that would be presented for others to record.
Signed by MGM Records, in 1951 Tommy Edwards hit the Rhythm & Blues charts with “All Over Again” and would have a pop success with “The Morning Side of the Mountain” that reached top ten on the Hit Parade. In 1952 his “You Win Again” peaked at #13 on the pop music surveys.
However, six years would pass before he tasted success again with a giant chart topping multi million selling #1 hit, “It’s All In The Game.” It was a song he had first recorded in 1951. It would be followed by “Please Love Me Forever,” “Love Is All We Need,” “Please Mr. Sun” and a remake of his earlier hit, “The Morning Side of the Mountain.”
Two more hits would come from, “My Melancholy Baby” in 1959 and “I Really Don’t Want To Know” in 1960.
Tommy Edwards died on October 22, 1969 of a brain aneurysm in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. He was just 47 years of age.
He was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009.