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Tommy Loy
Original name: Lewis Thomas Loy
Birth: May 10, 1930
Grayson County
Texas, USA
Death: Oct. 17, 2002
Collin County
Texas, USA

Tommy Loy well know in the Dallas Area passed away Oct 17, 2002 at his home in Plano, Tx. of pancreatic cancer. For over 22 years he had played the National Anthem at the Dallas Cowboys games. He also led dance and show bands in and around Dallas for 50 years. Tommy was 72. Though widely recognized in jazz circles as a master of the trumpet and cornet, Loy, who always played the anthem solo, was featured before Super Bowl V in Miami, where the Cowboys lost to the Baltimore Colts. Loy was once the answer to a New York Times crossword puzzle clue, "Cowboy trumpeter." He was born in Denison, Texas, Tommy received his first trumpet at the age of nine. In 1947 he enrolled at Southern Methodist University to study music. He graduated in 1955, after taking two years out to serve in the U.S. Air Force. While in college at SMU, Loy began playing with bands in and around Dallas, including a dixieland band called the Cell Block 7 that was booked on the old Ed Sullivan Show. It was with the Cell Block band in 1953 that Loy met Jack Ruby while playing at Ruby's Vegas Club in Dallas. Ruby would later gain notoriety as the assassin of Lee Harvey Oswald. In 1958 Loy , playing French horn, recorded an album with West Coast musicians Jimmy Rowles, Don Bagley, Shelley Manne and Paul Horn that was reviewed favorably in Downbeat, Metronome and Time magazines. From 1961 until 1974 Loy was featured with Ed Bernet and the Dixieland 7, a legendary band that held forth at a popular Dallas nightspot called The Levee. Throughout his career Loy also headed bands under his own name, playing dances, shows and concerts not only locally bit throughout the midewest and western sections of the United States. His bands were featured at Dallas clubs such as the Railhead, The Paradise, Union Station, Cirrus Lounge in the Doubletree Hotel, and Dick's Last Resort. For the past several years Loy has fronted a band that played Tuesday nights at the Bavarian Grill, a German restaurant in Plano. This past August Loy was featured at a series of jazz concerts in Scotland. Shortly after he returned to Dallas he became ill. He played his regular Tuesday night at the Bavarian for the last time in mid-September. He is featured prominently in The Jingle Book, by Ken Deutsch, which traces the history of the recording business in Dallas. Loy is survived by his wife, Shirley; former wife Carolyn; daughters Lisa Loy Laughlin, Lindi Loy Boyer, Lewelen Loy Empie, and Laura Loy Capps; stepdaughters Leigh Chilton, Julie Vines, Fran Chapman, and Adair Thompson; and grandchildren, Kendall Adams Laughlin Jr., Thomas King Laughlin, Bishop Loy Laughlin, Meredith Boyer, Alexander Empie, Olivia Empie, Austin Capps, Seth Grimm, Emili Grimm, Yuri Vines, Cameron Chapman, Will Chapman, and Baxter Thompson. A memorial service will be held Sunday (10/20/02) at 2 P.M. at Sparkman-Hillcrest Northwest Hwy. (bio by: DonZas) 
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Originally Created by: DonZas
Record added: Oct 19, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6862000
Tommy Loy
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