Hall & Oates Bassist T-Bone Wolk Passes Away

The music world has lost one of its most well-loved personalities. Hall & Oates Bassist Tom “T-Bone” Wolk died at the age of 58 from what initial reports say heart attack. Reports said Wolk had just finished a recording session with Daryl Hall when he suffered the fatal attack. Jonathan Wolfson, who manages Hall & Oates, said the duo was devastated by T-Bone’s passing.

Wolk, who was easily recognized by his trademark hat in Hall & Oates concerts, was one of the busiest session musicians in the industry. He worked with some of the most popular artists in the past and the present. The Yonkers-born musician counted Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Robert Palmer, and Avril Lavigne among the artists he had worked with.

In an interview with Guitar Digest in 2003, he revealed that it was the Beatles’ performance on the Ed Sullivan Show that convinced him to learn guitar. Previously, he played the accordion, winning a stateside contest when he was 12 years old.