Singer Tommy Page dies: 7 things about the 1990s teen heart-throb

Singer and music executive Tommy Page died on Mar 3, 2017 at age 46.
Singer and music executive Tommy Page died on Mar 3, 2017 at age 46. PHOTO: TOMMY PAGE

Tommy Page, who died on Friday (March 3) at age 46, was a rare teen star who morphed into a successful music executive.

Born Thomas Alden Page in New Jersey in 1970, he began playing the piano at age eight.

Here's more about the singer and writer of hits such as A Shoulder To Cry On.

1. Teen heart-throb

The singer-songwriter, said to have an uncanny resemblance to Elvis Presley, set young girls screaming with his floppy dark locks and soulful eyes.

He was just 18 when A Shoulder To Cry On, a track from his 1988 debut self-titled album, made him a star in Asia.

Two years later, I'll Be Your Everything, from his second studio album Paintings In My Mind, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

2. Asian connection

While he's known as a one-hit wonder in the US for his Billboard hit, his songs had more success in Asia.

He worked the Asian market with concerts here in the 1990s and duets with artistes from the region.

Page sang a duet with Hong Kong songstress Sally Yeh called I'm Always Dreaming Of You in 1992.

He later recorded The Best Part, a lovey-dovey duet with Malaysian singer-actress Amy Mastura.

3. Return to Singapore


Tommy Page performing at the Retrolicious 2015 concert held at Fort Canning on Feb 7, 2015. PHOTO: ST FILE

When he returned to Singapore in 2015, he said in an interview: "Singapore is a special place to me because it was this part of the world that first embraced my music."

Page, along with R&B quartet Color Me Badd and Grammy-winning group All-4-One, was here for Retrolicious 2015.

4. Best work

Page's two hits have become karaoke staples over time, but he did not find singing them cringeworthy.

In fact, he thought A Shoulder To Cry On was his best work.

"I know there are some artistes who get tired of performing the songs they are best known for, but I'm not one of them," he said in 2015.

"Shoulder and Everything are two of the greatest blessings that have happened to me. I always get a special feeling inside when I sing them.

5. Shift behind the scenes

In the late 1990s, he went back to school and graduated from New York University Stern School of Business in 1997.

He has had a successful career behind the scenes since.

Page spent almost two decades at Warner Bros. Records, was a publisher at Billboard and headed industry relations at US Internet radio service Pandora. He was also vice-president of music partnerships at The Village Voice.

6. Mentor to many stars

He helped shape the careers of Michael Buble, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban and Green Day, said The Village Voice.

7. Working on new music?

While his death has been reported as an apparent suicide, Page seemed upbeat on his Twitter feed and suggested that he was working on new music in the new year.