Equally at ease with pop, jazz, Latin and samba rhythms, Culver, orchestrated on record by a cast of world-
As a boy, Tom Culver was mesmerized by the flicking images on the silver screen as he sat transfixed in the darkness of the small-
The Navy offered a ticket from the snow swept plains. After service, Tom located in Oakland, California and discovered the Bay Area's theater and music scenes. A succession of record deals with small labels led to a signing with Dot Records where he cut his first singles. But as the company was absorbed by international giant, Gulf & Western, it was a tumultuous era of rock & roll and many traditional pop artists, Tom included, found themselves out of the mix.
So he reinvented himself in Hollywood as a wardrobe man for film and television productions. As a set costumer, he dressed a cast of stars, and was honored to work on Murder She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury. Tom also penned The Murder She Wrote Cookbook, adding the title of "author" to his multi-
But the music still echoed. He found a community of like-
Today, in addition to his singing career, Tom takes jazz and tap dance classes, and pursues his hobby of photography. Blessed with a vital physicality, he notes his only vice is a penchant for strong coffee. "The older I got the smarter I got," he laughs. "The life lesson is about surviving."
But Tom's story is much more than survival; it's about forward motion -