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(Photographs: School of Music © 2005
Arizona Board of Regents, The University of Arizona, Tucson)

Here is a sampling of some of the photographs and individuals in the Tommy Shepard Collection. The photographs chosen represent a behind-the-scenes view into the magic that occurred in many of the Hollywood studios at the end of America's musical Golden era. Not only do we see artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Bobby Darin in their prime, but also the many hard-working individuals (band members, contractors, arrangers, etc.) that helped make those artists the legends that they are today.


Scope and content note

The Tommy Shepard Collection contains 8,000+ photographs. An estimated 5,000 photographs document the full run of The Joey Bishop Show (1967-1969 talk show with sidekick Regis Philbin). About 750 photographs document The Hollywood Palace Show (1964-1970). The rest were taken during much of Tommy's free-lance work from between 1963 until his passing on February 23, 1993. The bulk of that photography was taken during the years 1963-1964.