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Tucker's follow-up release, "Long Tall Shorty", was less successful. Nevertheless, musicians that played on his albums included Louisiana Red , Willie Dixon and Donny Hathaway .

It was the worst wreck in Memphis since 1945: eight children were orphaned. Tucker fled from the scene, then phoned his manager, Eddie Bond, who advised him to find a lawyer. Not even OJ Simpson's legal team could have kept Tucker out of jail, but he was out in less than a year. RCA dropped him, and the memory of that October night exacted a penalty that the courts did not. Tucker recorded again (including a cover of You Don't Love Me for Stan Kesler's X-L Records issued under the pseudonym "Tommy Raye" to avoid conflict with the Tommy Tucker who had cut Hi-Heel Sneakers), but never fulfilled his early promise . On March 17, 1985, he fell sleep with a lighted cigarette in his hand. His apartment caught fire, and he died of smoke inhalation.

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