Tom Finn (singer)

Thomas Joseph Finn (November 21, 1948 – June 27, 2020) was an American musician and DJ. He was a founding member of the 1960s baroque pop group The Left Banke, on bass and vocals.[1]

Tom Finn
Finn taking the stage with the Left Banke's reunion tour on July 6, 2012.
Finn taking the stage with the Left Banke's reunion tour on July 6, 2012.
Background information
Birth nameThomas Joseph Finn
Born(1948-11-21)November 21, 1948
New York City, U.S.
DiedJune 27, 2020(2020-06-27) (aged 71)
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician, DJ
Years active1965–2020

Early careerEdit

Finn was a founder member of The Left Banke in 1965, alongside Michael Brown, Steve Martin, George Cameron and Warren David-Schierhorst. After initial success with the songs "Walk Away Renée" and "Pretty Ballerina", the group split up, though Finn was involved in later reformations of the band.

Later careerEdit

After the Left Banke disbanded, Finn went on to become an engineer at Bell Sound Studios as well as working with jazz drummer Buddy Rich at Rich's night club Buddy's Place as stage manager and MC.

In 1982, Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell convinced Finn to try his hand as a DJ. This led to Finn working at NY clubs such as The Palladium, The Red Zone, and Au Bar. In the 1990s Finn began working as a DJ for private events, resulting in his own company, Topspin Entertainment. Finn was the DJ for the White House Millennium Gala, hosted by President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. In 2006, he appeared in the November issue of Town & Country magazine in a five-page spread called "The Party Masters". Finn was featured in a The New York Times (December 16, 2006) article "The D.J. Who Moves the Movers and Shakers".


Finn died on June 27, 2020, after a period of ill health.[2]


  1. ^ Ward, Ed (December 19, 2011). "The Left Banke: Teenage Pioneers Of Jangle-Pop". NPR. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  2. ^ "The Left Banke’s Tom Finn is 2nd Member to Die in 2020", Best Classic Bands. Retrieved 29 June 2020

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