Friday, February 20, 2015

This various artists CD on Sepia Records, #1275, was just released February 10th, 2015. It is titled "The Big Hits Of Yesterday" Volume 2 and includes my 1962 Columbia recording of "Susan". Thank you Sepia Records, it's nice to be remembered.

Monday, June 4, 2012


American Music Magazine, Issue 129, April 2012. There is a picture of Tobin and his band on the cover, several pictures and a nice 3 page article inside. The article, written by "Andy Merey", tells the real story about the instrumental, "Ruby Duby Du" on Chief Records, and how and why "Willy Henson" became "Tobin Matthews". Andy also writes about Tobins' singing career and his recordings on USA, Columbia and Warner Bros. records. This is a quarterly magazine and should be on the stands through the month of June, 2012.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Jeremy Jordan

Jeremy and I are cousins. His stage name is Jeremy Jordan, real name Donald Henson. My stage name is Tobin Matthews, real name William Henson. We both grew up in Calumet City, Illinois. I am quite a bit older than Jeremy. I cut my first record in 1961 and he recorded his first record, "The Right Kind Of Love" in 1992.
Having some rough times and not very happy he ran away at age 17, finding a home wherever he could, with friends, charities, etc. One day he wandered into the Demon Dog, a restaurant near DePaul University owned by Pete Schivarelli, music executive and former member of the band "Chicago". That, in turn, led to a trip to L.A. to meet music man Irvine Azoff, who signed the newly named Jeremy Jordan to a record deal. Jeremy's first record "The Right Kind Of Love" was a smash hit. His talent then led him to a successful acting career. All of this, almost overnight. It had to be like a dream. Jeremy then had some personal problems. His life and career were put on hold. Today, with the help of his wife Marnie, they are working hard to rebuild a once bright career. I wish Jeremy and Marnie all the success and luck in the world. Here is a nice Jeremy Jordan music video of "The Right Kind Of Love" This video has several short clips featuring Jeremy's acting roles.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fun, Music and Friends

Jimmy McHugh, Tobin, and Ron Lane. The girl in the back is Astrid, Ron's friend. The picture was taken at Jimmy's house. This is just one of the many times we got together to play a little music, drink a few beers and have a lot of fun.

Tobin Matthews - "Susan" - Columbia Records - 1962

The sound quality on this post of "Susan" is a lot better than my earlier post. Hope the fans of my record "Susan" enjoy this clearer version.


The Galaxies - Don Smith, Bruce Novac, Danny Pawlak and Terry Gunderson

Don, Bruce, Danny and Terry.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tobin falls, breaks both ankles....

Air lifted to hospital....

Hey Everyone! This is Holly - Willy's (Tobin's) daughter. I am making this post for him as he is in the hospital and I wanted you all to know what's up.

I received a call on Saturday afternoon and jumped in the car with my family - destination Chicago: Christ hospital where my dad was air lifted to after a fall.

How did this happen?

Turns out the barn had experienced some wind damage - sheeting was torn loose in several places.

So Dad - age 70 - decides to fix this himself.

He leans a ladder up to the right side of our barn (yellow arrow).

Ladder begins to slip, Dad preps for fall, getting into a crouching position to help jump down.

Thing is - Dad is jumping onto concrete on this side of the barn - as he breaks his fall he breaks both ankles.

THANKFULLY he keeps his Cell in his pocket so he was able to call 911....for as you can see from the barn photo - our home is out in the middle of no where.


One ankle is compound and broken in 3 places - other the outside metatarsal is broken along with all ligaments torn....fortunately Dad has no other injuries.

He is okay and recovering quite quickly. He's already been through 2 surgeries and now has a total of 8 rods in the ankle that was broken in 3 places and casts on both legs.

He's already been moving around with assistance and is now looking at options for rehab and recovery. I will hop on over and post an update on his recovery soon.

Thanks for the well wishes!

~ Holly