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 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   David Colvin   (Member)

i recently found some CDs on eBay and got to talk with the seller and they did confirm he passed last year. he was instrumental with Varese and his own citadel label.

https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/tom-null-dead
"Tom Null dead
Have not been able to confirm online but a Santa Cruz based record dealer was approached via email to gauge interest in buying Tom's 17000 CDs. Apparently his LP Collection sold for 43000$. Supposedly cancer got him. Hopefully members know his work on the Varese Sarabande label."

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 8:05 PM   
 By:   Graham   (Member)

Oh no.

Graham

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 9:05 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Surprised to hear this. I talked to him a couple of years ago and he sounded very bad at that time, but his mind was very sharp. Wouldn't you think this would have been covered somewhere? There would be no Varese Sarabande without Tom Null. I've known him from before the company, when he worked at Vogue Records in Westwood. He had an incredible LP collection and I wonder what happened to his collection of vintage automobiles.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 11:34 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

HE was the first guy to stock import Morricone LPs that I was aware of in LA at the aforementioned Westwood Vogue store. You can imagine what that meant to me in those early days. That and his beginning days at the Saticoy Varese office makes for pleasant memories of soundtrack collecting when it was really exciting.

RIP Tom.

 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 11:44 PM   
 By:   VeronicaMars   (Member)

i recently found some CDs on eBay and got to talk with the seller and they did confirm he passed last year. he was instrumental with Varese and his own citadel label.

https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/tom-null-dead
"Tom Null dead
Have not been able to confirm online but a Santa Cruz based record dealer was approached via email to gauge interest in buying Tom's 17000 CDs. Apparently his LP Collection sold for 43000$. Supposedly cancer got him. Hopefully members know his work on the Varese Sarabande label."


My friend and I have been buying from three sellers linked to Tom Null's CD's on eBay and we've had our suspicions about why he'd give up all of his work like this and to three sellers linked to selling them one recently relocating to Oklahoma from Arizona just recently while one or two of them are still in California. This definitely gives a real understanding to the situation now because his collection started popping up late last year on eBay starting at outrageous prices.

Very sad and tragic but a shame that we as soundtrack fans and collectors were not prevy to this information alot sooner. Definitely would've done a special tribute to him for sure especially for starting one of the greatest labels in the world.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 3:18 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Removes hat.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 3:34 AM   
 By:   KeV-McG   (Member)

Hard to believe that no one from Varese didn't highlight this around the time!!
Did no one keep in touch with him from there?
His was a name that is etched into any soundtrack fans memory.
Sad news.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 4:04 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Sorry to hear this.

He seemed to drift off the radar in the last two decades, but it's a name I'm very familiar with from the early days of soundtrack collecting in the 90s (and he had obviously been an important name for many years before that). In particular, I remember a statement he had in the liner notes of some soundtrack, where he talked about how 'people listen to their music on their stereos too low'. That always stuck with me for some reason.

 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 4:10 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

Well said, Kev.

Rest in peace, Tom Null...

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 5:08 AM   
 By:   hyperdanny   (Member)

first of all, RIP to Tom Null, a seminal figure in the business.
Secondly, I find very strange that Varese did not break news and/or properly eulogized him..is it ever possible they did not know?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 6:13 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yes, no words from Robert Townson on Facebook either.

 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


Very sorry to hear this. Went to him many times for advice and help when making the FSM CDs, he was terrific.

Lukas

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 9:28 AM   
 By:   JEC   (Member)

Surprised to hear this. I talked to him a couple of years ago and he sounded very bad at that time, but his mind was very sharp. Wouldn't you think this would have been covered somewhere? There would be no Varese Sarabande without Tom Null. I've known him from before the company, when he worked at Vogue Records in Westwood. He had an incredible LP collection and I wonder what happened to his collection of vintage automobiles.

I met him at Vogue before Varese, too. He was able to help me find a copy of THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, which was a rather pricey LP back in the 70s.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

first of all, RIP to Tom Null, a seminal figure in the business.
Secondly, I find very strange that Varese did not break news and/or properly eulogized him..is it ever possible they did not know?


The people who run Varese have no idea of anything, let alone history.

Perhaps Bob Townson didn't know - just as I didn't, because I certainly would have, but then I know the history and others like to revise it. I wrote the history. It's online. Tom also supervised the first batch of Bay Cities releases and got us a lot of the classical material. He was very opinionated, very loud, fun, and his fights with Chris Kuchler were legendary, which is finally why Chris bought him out of the company. Read the history. There WAS a Varese prior to Bob and prior to Richard K. I was there. From the start.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

first of all, RIP to Tom Null, a seminal figure in the business.
Secondly, I find very strange that Varese did not break news and/or properly eulogized him..is it ever possible they did not know?


The people who run Varese have no idea of anything, let alone history.

Perhaps Bob Townson didn't know - just as I didn't, because I certainly would have, but then I know the history and others like to revise it. I wrote the history. It's online. Tom also supervised the first batch of Bay Cities releases and got us a lot of the classical material. He was very opinionated, very loud, fun, and his fights with Chris Kuchler were legendary, which is finally why Chris bought him out of the company. Read the history. There WAS a Varese prior to Bob and prior to Richard K. I was there. From the start.


Thanks for the history, I have no idea who Tom Null was just on the back-cover the Production Supervisor I'm sure he was an important cog, what i'd like to ask that I noticed the Varese cd's that were black & silver have Tom's name on but when the design changed I don't see Tom anymore.

I thank Tom Null very-much for his hard-work. R.I.P.

 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

RIP Mr Null.

I remember his name from many 80s Varese CDs and LPs.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

first of all, RIP to Tom Null, a seminal figure in the business.
Secondly, I find very strange that Varese did not break news and/or properly eulogized him..is it ever possible they did not know?


The people who run Varese have no idea of anything, let alone history.

Perhaps Bob Townson didn't know - just as I didn't, because I certainly would have, but then I know the history and others like to revise it. I wrote the history. It's online. Tom also supervised the first batch of Bay Cities releases and got us a lot of the classical material. He was very opinionated, very loud, fun, and his fights with Chris Kuchler were legendary, which is finally why Chris bought him out of the company. Read the history. There WAS a Varese prior to Bob and prior to Richard K. I was there. From the start.


Thanks for the history, I have no idea who Tom Null was just on the back-cover the Production Supervisor I'm sure he was an important cog, what i'd like to ask that I noticed the Varese cd's that were black & silver have Tom's name on but when the design changed I don't see Tom anymore.

I thank Tom Null very-much for his hard-work. R.I.P.


Once he was bought out of the company, that was it for him in terms of credit.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

first of all, RIP to Tom Null, a seminal figure in the business.
Secondly, I find very strange that Varese did not break news and/or properly eulogized him..is it ever possible they did not know?


The people who run Varese have no idea of anything, let alone history.

Perhaps Bob Townson didn't know - just as I didn't, because I certainly would have, but then I know the history and others like to revise it. I wrote the history. It's online. Tom also supervised the first batch of Bay Cities releases and got us a lot of the classical material. He was very opinionated, very loud, fun, and his fights with Chris Kuchler were legendary, which is finally why Chris bought him out of the company. Read the history. There WAS a Varese prior to Bob and prior to Richard K. I was there. From the start.


Thanks for the history, I have no idea who Tom Null was just on the back-cover the Production Supervisor I'm sure he was an important cog, what i'd like to ask that I noticed the Varese cd's that were black & silver have Tom's name on but when the design changed I don't see Tom anymore.

I thank Tom Null very-much for his hard-work. R.I.P.


Once he was bought out of the company, that was it for him in terms of credit.


Cheers Bruce, could I know who come-up with that original design that two tone colour was kinda pretty. Was it more expensive too design.

 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

first of all, RIP to Tom Null, a seminal figure in the business.
Secondly, I find very strange that Varese did not break news and/or properly eulogized him..is it ever possible they did not know?


The people who run Varese have no idea of anything, let alone history.

Perhaps Bob Townson didn't know - just as I didn't, because I certainly would have, but then I know the history and others like to revise it. I wrote the history. It's online. Tom also supervised the first batch of Bay Cities releases and got us a lot of the classical material. He was very opinionated, very loud, fun, and his fights with Chris Kuchler were legendary, which is finally why Chris bought him out of the company. Read the history. There WAS a Varese prior to Bob and prior to Richard K. I was there. From the start.



I do care about and know the history of V.S.R. smile

Though I was there for only 5 years, I do value and still value everyone who worked there past and present. When Varése Sarabande celebrated their 35th Anniversary several years ago they had many wonderful composers came on stage with Bob at the GSPO concert event, it was a great idea and glad so many composers came out. Credit where credit is due, if I was involved I would have tried to locate as many past employees of Varése including you Bruce, Tom, Chris and any and all past/current employees who would have attended and hopefully come on stage at the end. Varése Sarabande got to their 35th anniversary because of a group effort by so many employees, past and present. I wasn't involved with the concert, but that's an idea I would have liked to have seen come about. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 3:59 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

I haven't been in touch with Tom for too many years, and often I'd think of him and think I should try to find out how to re-contact him -- perhaps a simple 411 call would have done it -- but then my mind would go on to other things. This is very sad news. The Tom I knew (with miniature cars and a Creature from the Black Lagoon bust) was a real sweet guy, and he was very kind to me. I'll always be grateful that he made a CDR for me of the never-released Vladimir Selinsky "Kraft Playhouse" album (originally an LP of music I've always loved) and the unreleased second suite of Hans J. Salter's "Wichita Town." Bless his soul.

Bruce, now that I know about your V-S history essay, I'll read it and hope to get to know Tom just a little bit better.

 
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