NEW YORK — Tommy Page, who was best known for the 1990 #1 ballad “I’ll Be Your Everything,” was found dead Friday in his New York apartment. This is according to many outlets, including Wikipedia and All Access.
Tommy Page is believed to have been 47. While many sources claim he was born May 24, 1970, Joel Whitburn’s Record Research reports that he was born May 24, 1969.
This was Tommy Page’s biggest hit, which reached #1 the weekend of April 14, 1990…
According to Fred Bronson, “I’ll Be Your Everything” replaced “Love Will Lead You Back” by Taylor Dayne at #1. The song beat out two others by solo woman in what’s believed to have been close race for the top. Jane Child was #2 with “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love” while Liza Stansfield’s “All Around The World” was #3. In the hours leading up to the new chart’s announcement, Page got a call from a label executive who said, “Tommy, we’re in trouble. Jane Child is probably going to be #1.”
Page recalled, “One store report, one radio station playlist could make the difference. It was the worst night of my life.”
Early the next afternoon, though, Page got a call from Howard Klein, the VP of his label, Sire Records. “I was shaking. My dreams are going to come true or my nightmares are going to come true. All he (Klein) said was ‘Tommy,’ “ recalled Page. “And I dropped the phone and screamed. Just from the tone of his voice…I started crying. I couldn’t stand up.”
Page and two members of New Kids On The Block—Jordan Knight and Danny Wood, co-wrote “I’ll Be Your Everything.” Knight, fellow New Kid On The Block Donnie Wahlberg and Michael Jonzun co-produced the song. Four years later in 1994, the song was subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by representatives of singer Percy Sledge.
Sledge was most famous for the 1966 #1 hit “When A Man Loves A Woman” but he did many other ballads. One was the same title as the Tommy Page song, “I’ll Be Your Everything.” George Soule wrote the Sledge “Everything” song in the early 70’s…and it reached #15 on the R&B and #62 on the pop chart in 1974. Page’s defense team compared “Everything” to the James Taylor song, “Fire And Rain.” Sledge, however, testified that the notes weren’t the same. One of Sledge’s people said he might’ve heard the Sledge song but claimed he never played it for New Kids. When this writer heard a short drop-piece of the two songs during a June 1994 Court TV show, I felt the hook lines were similar.
The jury disagreed as Soule lost his case. Were the songs similar? Here’s the Sledge rendition of “I’ll Be Your Everything”…and you be the judge…
Meanwhile, Page also had this top 40 ballad in the spring of 1989…
After his two hits, Tommy Page would continue to thrive in the music world, working for many key entertainment outlets. Among them were Billboard Magazine, Warner Brothers/Reprise Records, Pandora, Cumulus Media and The Village Voice.