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- DescriptionRecording with Joe Meek, backing Billy Fury, summer seasons with Marty Wilde and Adam Faith, encounters with The Kray Twins and bleak journeys to remote venues - all the highs and lows of a recording and touring band are detailed here... Robb was a member of three groups, all managed by legendary producer Joe Meek. This book is a fascinating insight into the world of sixties music. Robb shares his memories of Joe Meek - his recording techniques and a whole lot more. Major label recordings were issued by The Saxons and The Tornados but hidden gems lie unreleased in the legendary Meek Tea-chest Tapes. The stories of sharing the bill with other groups and established old school variety artistes at summer season shows are numerous and insightful. Illustrated by many photos this is a marvellous roller-coaster read hurtling through the heady days of sixties rock and pop groups and jam packed with reminiscences. The title of the book is taken from Do You Come Here Often the single by The Tornados which was acclaimed to be the first openly gay pop record release by a UK major record label.
- Author BiographyHuxley was born in Gloucester, England. After leaving school in 1962, he joined a local band, the Vendettas, as vocalist in 1963. After the Vendettas, Huxley moved on to join the Whirlwinds as lead singer under the name Robb Gayle. After a recording audition with Joe Meek, the Whirlwinds changed their name to the Saxons. While still semi-pro they released a single through Joe Meek in 1965; It was an instrumental Saxon War Cry. In December 1965, Joe Meek summoned the Saxons to London to work professionally as his house band, renamed The Tornados. Also known as the New Tornados. During their short association with Joe Meek, they put out two singles. Pop-Art Goes Mozart / Too Much in Love to Hear and Is that a Ship I Hear / Do You Come Here Often. Both singles were released in 1966. Nowadays Do you Come Here Often is recognized as being the first ever openly Gay song to be released on record. Almost a year after Joe Meek's death with only Robb Huxley and Dave Watts remaining from the original line up, the Tornados left for a tour of Israel. Early in February 1968 in Tel-Aviv the Tornados disbanded, which ended to Joe Meek's succession of Tornados. Huxley remained in Israel and played with a three piece group called Purple Ass Baboon for a short time. The group was probably the first ever punk style band to play in Israel. Huxley met up with Stan Solomon, Canadian singer with the Israeli band the Churchills and was invited to join the band. Huxley and Solomon went on to write the music for the Churchills' only album acclaimed today to be the rarest psychedelic record in the world, and is also recognized for its musical content. Huxley went on to write for Israeli singers. Huxley and Einstein collaborated on an album of children's songs. After Stan Solomon quit the Churchills in 1969, the band became Arik Einstein's backing band. In 1970 they recorded an album Junkies, Monkeys and Donkeys at Red Bus Records in London, with music written by Huxley and Shoshan and changed their name to Jericho Jones. They went on to record a second album under the name of Jericho. They put out two singles, but after a tour of South Africa in 1973, Jericho disbanded due to management, personal and record label problems. Huxley's work in Israel, particularly with the Churchills and with Einstein, made him become widely regarded as one of the pioneers of Israeli rock. Huxley moved to Miami in 1974, where he still lives with his Israeli wife.
- Author(s)Robb W Huxley
- Date of Publication02/08/2015
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectBiography: The Arts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight431 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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