• The Cabarets
    The Cabarets with Tommy Lysaght on the left

    The Cabarets (Cincinnati, Ohio)


    Personnel :

    Tommy (Liss) Lysaght

    Kenny Cochran

    Gene Gay

    Ray Voss


    Discography :

    The Cabarets & The Matadors
    1962 - There Must Be A Way  / Times Is Tough (Saxony 1002)

    Tommy Liss & The Matadors
    1963 - Just In Make Believe / Times Is Tough (Saxony 1005)


    Biography :

    The Cabarets were a classic street corner singing group comprised of Tommy (Liss) Lysaght, Kenny Cochran, Gene Gay and Ray Voss. In 1962 they signed for Saxony, a new Cincinnati label, owned by Paul Trefzger and Bud Reneau. They recorded "There Must Be A Way" and "Times Is Tough" (Composed by Tommy) with the instrumental accompaniment of the Matadors. The Matadors often appeared behind Saxony Record vocalists. and consisted of Saxony's owner Bud Reneau, with Bud on guitar, Warren Hauck on bass, Tom Dooley on Piano and David Listerman on drums. In 1963, Without his vocal group the Cabarets but with the Matadors, Tommy Lysaght once again recorded "Times Is Tough" and "Just In Make Believe" on the other side backed by a girl group, maybe the Saxony's Teardrops. The single will be released as Tommy Liss & The Matadors.

    The Cabarets    The Cabarets
               The Matadors                                                                                                                   

    American singer and songwriter, Thomas Michael Lysaght (Alias Tommy Liss, Tommy Sears) sang in clubs around Cincinnati for many years and was well known in Nashville where he recorded demos for different studios. He had several regional releases. His most successful song was called “Walk On The Outside”, which was released in 1969 using the name "Tommy Sears" and was recorded in Nashville. He used the name "Tommy Sears" in some of his recordings in honor of a singer and friend of his J.T. Sears, who died driving home from a singing gig. Additional bands he may have been involved in include: The Ice, aka The Raspberry Ice, and The Satins.


    Songs :

    The Cabarets & The Matadors

    There Must Be A Way                       Times Is Tough   


    Tommy Liss & The Matadors

    Just In Make Believe                              Times Is Tough   


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