Thomas O’Grady, Former Partner in Talent Management Company, Dies at 73

Thomas B. O’Grady, former partner in Nashville’s Corlew-O’Grady talent management company, died Monday (March 20) in Norwalk, Conn. He was 73. O’Grady worked for 42 years for UST (U.S. Tobacco) in Greenwich, Conn., and had risen to the post of vice chairman when he retired from the company in 1991.

O’Grady’s partnership in talent management with David Corlew lasted from 1993 to 1998, during which time the company guided the careers of such acts as Charlie Daniels, John Berry, Blake & Brian and the Cox Family.

A native of Chaelis, O’Grady attended St. Martin’s College in Lacy, Wash. In support of his alma mater, O’Grady contributed and raised funds for its Music and Arts Building and O’Grady Library.

A mass will be celebrated for O’Grady on Friday (March 24) at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Norwalk, Conn. Donations may be made in his memory to the Thomas O’ Grady Scholarship Fund For Students in the Arts at St. Martin’s College; the Young Composers Program at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; and Musical Theatre Development at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

O’Grady is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters and four grandchildren.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to