Tom Alexander MBE, Lodge Dramatic No. 571.
Thomas Armit Alexander was born in Thrashbush Avenue in Cambusnethan, Wishaw. Tom, along with his Brother Jack were encouraged by their Parents To Learn Musical Instruments And Given Music Lessons At An Early Age. The Boys Entered A Talent Contest in A Local Church in 1958. Tom Playing The Accordian and Jack On Piano.
Their professional debut came in the summer of 1958 at Arbroath’s Webster Hall when family friend George Clarkson, of Wishaw’s Glasgow Road and an ex-dancer turned producer, introduced them to a Glasgow theatrical agent who placed them under contract that Summer. After their big break they had a winter season at the old Metropole Theatre in Glasgow, followed by a spring 1959 tour of the Highlands and then a Winter Season at the Metropolitan Theatre in London. It was during this season they were spotted and signed to Pye Records. They cut their first LP six weeks later Called "Highland Fling".
Their most popular recording was Nobody’s Child in 1964, which is said to have "sold more than The Beatles in Scotland". Their other popular songs include "These Are My Mountains", "The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen", "Bonnie Wee Jeannie McColl", and "Two Highland Lads".
The only chart success was "These Are My Mountains" peaking at Number 29 in the UK Album Chart.
They enjoyed widespread success in their home country as well as playing in Canada, the Carnegie Hall In The USA, Australia Sydney Opera House and New Zealand. They shared the stage with the likes of Jimmy Shand and Shirley Bassey to name but a few. Charlton Heston attended many gigs in Los Angeles wearing his kilt.
They hosted STV’s The Alexander Brothers Show throughout the 1960’s and 70’s as well as appearing on the show, Thingummyjig.
In recognition of their contributions to the world of music, they received MBE’s from the Queen in the 2005 New Year Honours List. The ceremony took place in Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.
His brother Jack died after a stroke in 2013, aged 77. Tom recently passed away on 9th January 2020 aged 85.
Not bad for two former painters and decorators from Cambusnethan!
Tom was a Master Mason of Lodge Dramatic No. 571.