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Tom Robinson (b. 1st June 1950) is an English musician.

Born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, Robinson was the founding member of the Tom Robinson Band, an overtly political band with several hits in the 1970s, such as “2-4-6-8 Motorway” and “Power in the Darkness”. Robinson’s other best known song is “Glad to be Gay”, and he was an outspoken hero of the gay movement in the 1970s.

In the 1980s he fronted Sector 27, another highly political rock band, which released one album and left Robinson virtually bankrupt. He fled to Hamburg to escape his creditors, where he wrote his 1983 hit “War Baby” and released his first solo album North by Northwest. His return to the U.K. led to late-night performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, some of which later surfaced on the live album Midnight at the Fringe.

In 1985 he found a new career as a D.J. for a variety of radio stations, including BBC Radio 1 (standing in for Janice Long), BBC Radio 4 (The Locker Room from 1992-1995), and the BBC World Service.

He has become an advocate for a wider sexuality than his earlier potrayal as only a homosexual campaigner allowed - marrying a woman and starting a family. Robinson maintains that he suffered abuse from Homosexual Activists as a result.

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  • Daffybet

    Love Tom, was so impressed with 'War Baby' long ago, still have it on 45rpm vinyl! Admire him greatly for 'coming out' with Glad to be Gay, when that wasn't exactly the 'done thing' in those days, God Bless him, he's not played enough.

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TheZeeley

    listen to the radio +1

    21 Apr 2011 Reply
  • LouisLloyd

    I can't believe they believed the Ewell's over him!

    21 Apr 2008 Reply
  • hank_kingsley

    As a singer he's a much better journalist.

    27 Feb 2008 Reply
  • bbc6music

    Hey! Gideon Coe will be playing some live tracks from Tom's 1978 Paris Theatre concert next Monday on 6Music. The show runs from 10pm-1am but you can listen again on the website up to 7 days afterwards. Here's the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/gideon_coe/ Have a listen!

    25 Jan 2008 Reply
  • MissLucyP

    Lolololo Inoerite<3

    16 Sep 2007 Reply
  • fannysays

    sing if you're glad to be gay <3

    4 Aug 2007 Reply

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