Philadelphia lost one of its most beloved members of the Philadelphia music community last January, with the sudden passing of Thomas Joshua “TJ” Tindall, at age 65. Twice inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s Walk of Fame, the soulful guitarist and original member of the legendary MFSB, will be honored at Underground Arts on Sunday, May 22nd at 2:00pm.
Based out of Sigma Sound Studios, MFSB guitarist TJ Tindall played on 38 gold and platinum hit records by the legendary “Sound of Philadelphia” producers, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff of Philadelphia International Records. His unique sound can be heard on tracks from the O’Jays, The Trammps, The Delfonics, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The Stylistics, The Spinners, Wilson Pickett and Billy Paul. In addition, TJ played and recorded with the Chambers Brothers, Robert Palmer and The Temptations. TJ also wrote that catchy guitar hook for the Jacksons’ Enjoy Yourself. With Michael Jackson himself on lead vocals. The song became a Top 10 hit in 1977.
“Words alone cannot express the emotions that I am feeling over TJ’s passing,” shares fellow MFSB player Bobby Eli. “TJ played on so many hit records with us and invented some legendary guitar licks heard the world over. If you listen to the song, Enjoy Yourself by the Jacksons, it’s got that iconic intro that he created! The MFSB rhythm section was great, but when TJ came into the fold, it took us to the next level” said Eli.
The NJ native is known for his work with Duke Williams and the Extremes, who dominated the Trenton music scene in the 1970s, and were managed by legendary Philadelphia concert promoter, Larry Magid. Tindall also worked with Philly band, Edison Electric, led by keyboardist Mark Jordan from Toronto and bass player Freebo. Later all three would play with Bonnie Raitt. Both Mark Jordan and Freebo will be returning to Philadelphia to take part in the memorial concert on May 22nd.
In 2012, old friend and Bucks County native, David Uosikkinen called on TJ to come out of retirement to record with his new music project, David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket. The ambitious and always musically tasty In The Pocket, brings together all-star Philly musicians to cover classic Philadelphia tunes. No one was more all-star than TJ Tindall. TJ recorded The Hooters cover, Soon You’ll Be Gone with the Soul Survivors’ Charlie and Richie Ingui on vocals. He made his second appearance on the remake of The Trammps’ Disco Inferno. Tindall was poised to play on his third track for In The Pocket, Back Stabbers. But, just a week before the session, TJ suddenly passed away due to complications of lung cancer.
Back Stabbers, the latest debut from David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket pays homage to the soulful voices of the Soul Survivors and is dedicated to the memory of TJ Tindall.
“TJ was the rock and soul man of Philly International Records, with a style that was clearly all his own,” explains The Hooters’ and In The Pocket’s David Uosikkinen. ”He was a mentor from the first time we played music together, when I was just starting out. Always encouraging and always coaching. He was one of the most humble cats I’ve ever known. “We are doing this show because we wanted to do something special in TJ’s memory,” continues Uosikkinen. “We also wanted to help TJ’s family cope with expenses from this unexpected loss.”
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