Douglas Campbell “Dougie” Thomson (pronounced “doogie”) (born 24 March 1951) is a Scottish musician, born in Glasgow and raised in the Rutherglen area of the city. He is best known as the former bass guitarist of progressive rock band Supertramp.
Thomson’s musical career began in August 1969, when he joined a local Glaswegian band “The Beings”. In September 1971 he joined The Alan Bown Set where he briefly worked with future Supertramp colleague, John Helliwell. In February 1972, Thomson auditioned for Supertramp, and ended up playing several gigs as a temporary stand-in.
In 1973, Thomson permanently joined Supertramp and helped in the business management with Dave Margereson; he also persuaded John Helliwell to join the band.
Thomson played with Supertramp on all of their most famous albums: Crime of the Century, Crisis? What Crisis?, Even in the Quietest Moments, Breakfast in America, Paris, …Famous Last Words…, Brother Where You Bound and Free as a Bird.
Thomson was a member of Supertramp until the band went on hiatus in 1988; he did not return to the band when the hiatus ended.
He has since become a publisher in the music business, creating Trinity Publishing, and worked with a Chicago, Illinois management company.
Thomson has four children, Laura, James, Kyle and Emma. Kyle plays soccer for teams affiliated to Loyola University of Chicago.
Thomson is the older brother of Ali Thomson.