After reading Deirdre O'Connell's The Ballad of Blind Tom, Bernie Taupin, lyricist for Elton John, was inspired to pay tribute to Blind Tom in song.
In September 2013, Bernie Taupin told Rolling Stone Magazine:
"My material has always been story driven. I like to think that I'm a relatively cinematic writer. Obviously, I collect ideas as I travel down life's highway. For example, something like the "The Ballad of Blind Tom". I read the book The Ballad of Blind Tom, and being a voracious reader I get so many ideas from reading. When I read that book, I thought to myself, "If this isn't a song, nothing is." It appealed to my method of writing. I had to literally make the Readers Digest version of the book, condense it into a song. I think it worked."
The Ballad of Blind Tom appears on Elton John's2013 album, The Diving Board, produced by T. Bone Burnett.