Born in Northern California in 1941, Tucker Zimmerman was on his way to becoming a brilliant musical theorist when his draft card was pulled in 1966. Having been the recent recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, Zimmerman was able to defer his enlistment, boarding a plane to Rome...never to return. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist—violin, trombone and piano were his first loves—Zimmerman spent two years studying theory under Gofredo Petrassi, writing more than 300 songs along the way. Posing as a Canadian, he migrated to England and gigged under a litany of pseudonyms. It was here he met fellow ex-pat and soon-to-be T. Rex kick-starter Tony Visconti, then a struggling producer whose only credits included the Iveys for the Apple label. Ten Songs, Zimmerman’s debut album, is an all-star affair, with Visconti at the board and Steve Winwood and Rick Wakeman in the backing band. A lone single failed to raise his profile, but it would have likely conjured the same result: Zimmerman was deported shortly after.
Zimmerman landed in Belgium in 1970 and immediately began gigging around Germanic Europe. His sophomore album, Song-Poet (or the “Black Album” as it is also known among fans), was issued in 1971 on Autogram Records before being picked up by London’s The Village Thing label for wider distribution. “No Love Lost” finds a matured artist struggling with the pains of a dissolving friendship, its affects emanated through his delicate diction and brittle chords. Over the next 13 years he would record four more albums and play hundreds of concerts on the continent before taking a 13-year hiatus.