Tommy Tucker (March 5, 1933 - January 22, 1982) was an R&B/blues/jazz singer, songwriter, and pianist who became famous during the early 1960s. Born Robert Higginbotham in Springfield, Ohio, he is best known for penning the extensively-covered oldies standard, "Hi-Heel Sneakers" (a.k.a. "High Heel Sneakers"), an upbeat blues rock & roller which became a hit for Tucker as well as Jose Feliciano, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, and Stevie Wonder. In 1964, Tucker had his first hit with this classic, which reached #11 on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts and also made the U.K. Top 40. This smash was followed later that year by "Long Tall Shorty," which became a minor hit. Tucker's final charting song came in 1965 with "Alimony."
In 2017, Tommy Tucker's version of "Hi-Heel Sneakers" was inducted into the Blues Foundation Blues Hall of Fame.
- The New York Times remembers Tommy Tucker.
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- Hi-Heel Sneakers 1964
(This song also became a hit for Jerry Lee Lewis (1964), Stevie Wonder (1965), the Ramsey Lewis Trio (1966, instrumental version), and Jose Feliciano (1968).)
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