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  posted on 2/24/2012 at 07:10 PM
Left us 19 years ago tomorrow................




[Edited on 2/25/2012 by pops42]

 

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  posted on 2/24/2012 at 07:15 PM
Still missed! The site his widow has created for him. I am sure she would feel good knowing he is still being thought of.

http://officialtoycaldwell.com/

 

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  posted on 2/24/2012 at 07:25 PM
I was too young to ever seen him with The Marshall Tucker Band, but was lucky to catch him solo in 1989 (on a bill with Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat). Love all the Tucker records and his lone solo studio CD, "Son of The South" is a classic.

Unique thing about Toy was the fact that he played his guitar with just his thumb.

 

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  posted on 2/24/2012 at 08:22 PM
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I was too young to ever seen him with The Marshall Tucker Band, but was lucky to catch him solo in 1989 (on a bill with Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat). Love all the Tucker records and his lone solo studio CD, "Son of The South" is a classic.

Unique thing about Toy was the fact that he played his guitar with just his thumb.


His brother Tommy played bass the same way.

I always referred to Toy as the fastest thumb in the South.

 

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  posted on 2/24/2012 at 08:24 PM
I'm old enough to have seen MTB half a dozen times at their peak.

Those boys could play.

 

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  posted on 2/24/2012 at 09:22 PM
Loved Toy and the boys, saw them many times in San Diego. First time I saw them I knew nothing about them, and "Can't You See" was just starting to get some airplay. Charlie Daniels was with them, and they blew the roof off the old San Diego Sports Arena opening up for Dave Mason. "24 Hours at a Time" was incredible. Only band I saw more than the ABB, and always left feeling like I got my money's worth.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 12:29 AM
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Left us 19 years ago tomorrow................




[Edited on 2/25/2012 by pops42]


Thanks for posting this. Out of all the concerts I've been to in my life seeing the MTB back in 74 was my favorite. They were on fire, it was like their answer to the ABB AFE. They would be playing along and all of a sudden come to screeching halt and Toy would start soloing by himself then the band join after a minute or two. Toy's brother Tommy on bass would build up the tension to a crescendo like Berry always did. Wish I had a recored version of the show I went to.

R.I.P Toy

and yes he had the fastest thumb...I had no idea he played his thumb until I saw them. Never seen a player play like that with just his thumb.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 01:43 AM
I was very fortunate in that being 45 miles form Spartanburg, SC, the MTB toured this area heavily in the early days, and remembered this was home with they became huge. (ABB, y'all listening). Doug Gray had a masterful voice, they had flute/horn, Paul Riddle and Tommy holding down the backbeat, and George M supplying the rhythm. When they started with that watermelon boogie woogie music everyone talks about down south, strap in.Every show was different, Charlie Daniels would play fiddle sittin in a good bit...damn they were tight...they were good, they were HOT...they flat out smoked.
And Toy's thumb, it was so fast you couldn't see it...like a bumblebee.
One helluva great band, formed by two brothers.
RIP Toy (and Tommy)...you guys never left anything unplayed when leaving the stage.
You will be missed forever.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 07:10 AM


Having seen MTB open for the ABB many times back in the day.. I think the first time I actually saw them was st Stony Brook just MTB and I got a backstage pass for that show.. It was so darn great.. couldn't wait to see them again.

I also was diggin alot back then Grinderswitch , they were all from the South and seemed to all know each other.. Joe Dan was in Grinderswitch..

missing Toy and Tommy.. Great Great music.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 09:08 AM
I got to see MTB in 77 I was 15 , also saw Toy in ealy 90's , the morning I heard he died I played Ab's song 20 times in a row , very sad day , I heard he died from a broken heart , he never recoverd from losing his 2 brothers within 2 weeks of each other

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 09:33 AM
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[Edited on 2/25/2012 by pops42]


thanks for the post. Toy was a cool dude. I saw them twice. Loved it.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 10:39 AM
Thanks for posting this reminder! The music of the Marshall Tucker Band along with the ABB, CDB, & Wet willie are the cornerstones for the soundtrack of our lives! So many memories of seeing the MTB around upstate Sc in the early days! The early tours with the ABB & MTb sharing the stage, you knew you'd better be ready for a night wonderful music 'cause they always brought it every night! Their music just never gets old!
 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 11:10 AM
I remember the first time I saw the Marshall Tucker Band was April 1980 at the Nassau Coliseum the last time the original members played together and they smoked!!!!. Tommy Caldwell died a couple days later in a car accident at home in South Carolina. The band was never the same after that. Toy was a great great guitar player and had the respect of everyone. RIP Toy....

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 11:14 AM
Toy & his killer thumb sure wrote some great songs.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 02:55 PM
MTB in thier prime were as good as anyone
 
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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 09:11 PM
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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 10:11 PM
One of the greatest guitar players that has ever walked this earth, in my view.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 10:18 PM
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Still missed! The site his widow has created for him. I am sure she would feel good knowing he is still being thought of.

http://officialtoycaldwell.com/


I cant manage to get to the message board there to leave a few words.

How does one get to it?

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 10:29 PM
I first saw the MTB at the Felt Forum in NYC 1974. They gave 110% every night, and if you were lucky enough to catch them and go for that ride, you know what a ride it was. Toy, Tommy and George. Thanks.
 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 11:00 PM
a great band back in the day. Saw them in 75 open for the ABB at Nassau Coliseum and a few years later headlining.
RIP

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 11:03 PM
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Still missed! The site his widow has created for him. I am sure she would feel good knowing he is still being thought of.

http://officialtoycaldwell.com/


I cant manage to get to the message board there to leave a few words.

How does one get to it?


I am not 100% sure but I think it will get to Ab if you submit it here and they will post it and wouldn't be suprised if you heard from her.

http://officialtoycaldwell.com/abs-comments/about/

 

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  posted on 2/26/2012 at 05:35 AM
My favorite MTB. A genuine classic.

 

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  posted on 2/26/2012 at 11:35 AM
Back in the day, I was fortunate enough to have seen the MTB perform a couple of times @ Winterland....and then again @ The Hollywood palladium...Thanks so much for all of the great music Toy!

R.I.P.

 

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  posted on 2/26/2012 at 11:49 AM
Where We All Belong was the first MTB album I bought, still one of the coolest album covers, they had me hooked from then on. Consider myself very lucky to have seen them in their prime, as a live band I believe they could blow anyone off the stage. Just so tight as a band. Thank you Toy, time to take a swig of some shine in your memory today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEOV5vWfSgI

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  posted on 2/26/2012 at 12:31 PM
they would swing it so hard live, that it felt like the whole thing was almost coming off the rails!. they were like a fine tuned detroit diesel. I was lucky enough to see em in early '78 and I met Toy 10 years later [he and his solo band were all great guys]

 

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