To say Tommy got started on his musical journey at a young age is understating the case severely. “I’ve been playing blues since the early ‘60s,” says McCoy, whose parents bought him his first guitar for his eighth birthday in November of 1962. “I remember having Chuck Berry’s Greatest Hits album when I was in elementary school. Just listening to him play guitar is really what formulated my lead guitar. And I had Bo Diddley In The Spotlight.” There were other musical heroes too. “I just went crazy over the British Invasion, but not so much the Beatles,” he says. “I was more listening to the Animals and the Pretty Things and the Yardbirds.”.