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  Tom Ardolino

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Friday, January 12 (This event repeats every year)

Tom Ardolino (photo by Ebet Roberts)Tom Ardolino (photo by Frank Beacham)

Tom Ardolino, born on January 12, 1955, in Springfield, Massachusetts, was an American rock drummer best known for his work with NRBQ (New Rhythm and Blues Quartet).

Ardolino joined NRBQ back in 1974, taking over the drum chair for the original timekeeper, Tom Staley. Over the next 30 years, Ardolino would play on 15 studio albums, leaving his mark on songs that would earn the group a fervent cult following, although commercially under-appreciated.

Tom passed away on January 6, 2012 following a long illness; he was 56.

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