Tom Alexander celebrates 50 years in the music industry

Tom Alexander. Half of the famous duo The Alexander Brothers. He is  appearing with his accordian at Cyan in Bearsden for a Q&A session and performance.'Photo Emma Mitchell'23/9/13
Tom Alexander. Half of the famous duo The Alexander Brothers. He is appearing with his accordian at Cyan in Bearsden for a Q&A session and performance.'Photo Emma Mitchell'23/9/13

If you have ever wondered what made the iconic Scottish music duo The Alexander Brothers tick, now is your chance to find out.

Tom Alexander, who now lives in Milngavie, was one half of the very successful double act that spanned the music industry for 54 years until their retirement last year.

But Tom, now 78, who admits to not being as good at retirement as his younger brother Jack (77) has agree d to appear at Cyan Restaurant in Milngavie on October 4 with his trusty accordion to play some tunes and answer questions from diners.

Tom, who once sold more records than The Beatles, said: “We have had an amazing career and been all over the world. I would say what we did was all about selling nostalgia. We turned professional in 1958 and have toured Canada, Australia and New Zealand. One of our greatest highlights was playing the Sydney Opera House in the 1960s to an audience of more of about 3,000.”

Tom was invited to do a Burns Night last year at Cyan by the owner David Cowan who hit on the idea of having an evening with him in which guests could have a question and answer session.

Mr Cowan said: “We are hosting a unique evening which we think people of a certain age will find fascinating. Tom has been a popular figure in the Scottish entertainment scene for over 50 years, and being a local, we believe it a great tribute to his outstanding career.”

Tickets are £32 per person which includes a meal, but the Herald has teamed up with the restaurant to offer one person the chance to win four tickets.

Answer the following question and either send your entry to us at Tom Alexander competition, Milngavie and Bearsden Herald, 11 Dalrymple Court, Kirkintilloch, G663AA, or drop it into The Iron Chef, Mugdock Road, Milngavie.

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