Tom Rush was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA, the son of a teacher. He began performing in 1961 while studying at Harvard University,after having graduated from the Groton School.
His 1968 composition "No Regrets" has become a standard,with numerous cover versions having been recorded (Rush did two radically different versions himself). These include the Walker Brothers, who gave Tom Rush Top Ten credit as a songwriter on the UK Singles Chart, Emmylou Harris, who included the song on her 1988 album Bluebird, and Midge Ure whose cover also made the UK Top Ten.
On March 1, 2007 a video of his performance of Steven Walters' "The Remember Song" was uploaded to YouTube, and, as of April 2017, it has received over 7 million plays. Writing on his website, Rush said,
One of the earliest music videos produced (1968) for an artist by a record company, Elektra, can be found at his website. It was used to promote his signature song, "No Regrets", for his The Circle Game album. A number of recent videos from a 2010 concert performed in Old Saybrook, Connecticut can be found online.
Tom Rush is married to author Renée Askins and was formerly married to singer Beverly Rush.
With his new album Voices (2018) out, at age 79, Rush is still frequently performing, touring the United States, these days often accompanied on piano by Berklee graduate Matt Nakoa.