Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer.
by Peter Thelen, Published 2018-02-14
Best known as the guitarist and singer of the late sixties band Pearls Before Swine, the band only existed for the first two ESP label albums One Nation Underground and Balaklava. Rapp then moved to Reprise records in 1969, but continued to use the Pearls Before Swine name for another five excellent releases, recording with various studio musicians. In late 1972 he switched to Blue Thumb records, releasing two albums under his own name. After 1973 there were no further releases, but he continued to tour with a band until 1974, with Rapp from then performing solo until a final appearance in 1976 supporting Patti Smith. After this, Rapp essentially retired from music, although numerous demos and archive releases have appeared over the years. In 1999 he released his final album of new material A Journal of the Plague Year.
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Related artist(s): Pearls Before Swine / Tom Rapp
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