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T-Bone Wolk, bass player for Hall & Oates, dead at 58

Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who performed with scores of musicians but was best known as the bass player for the band led by pop stars Daryl Hall and John Oates, has died. He was 58.

Wolk died Sunday in upstate Pawling, hours after completing a recording session with Hall, who was working on a solo album, the duo's manager, Jonathan Wolfson, said yesterday. Wolfson said the cause of death was believed to be a heart attack.

Wolk had been scheduled to appear yesterday night on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" with Hall and Oates.

A busy session musician, he appeared on recordings with such artists as Bette Midler, Billy Joel and Avril Lavigne. He played bass on several of Elvis Costello recordings, accordion on Robert Palmer's "Heavy Nova" and guitar on Carly Simon's "Coming Around Again." He was bass player in NBC's "Saturday Night Live" house band from 1986 to 1992.

On his Web site, Wolk described himself as "that guy with the hat" who played with Hall & Oates since 1981.

"Daryl used to refer to him as the ampersand in Hall & Oates," Wolfson said.

"It's not if I will go on, but how," Hall said in a statement. "T-Bone was one of the most sensitive and good human beings that I have ever known."

"He possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of styles and musical history,'' Oates said.

Wolk grew up in Yonkers. It was seeing the Beatles perform on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964, he said, that led him to talk his father into buying him an electric guitar.- AP

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