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Tom Robinson Band


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London, United Kingdom (1976 – 1979, 1989 – present)

Tom Robinson Band (TRB) were a British rock band, established in 1976 by singer, songwriter and bassist Tom Robinson (born on 1 June 1950, in Cambridge, England).

Tom Robinson began gigging in London in 1976 with a constantly shuffling lineup of musician friends backing him and by the end of the year, he had decided to put together a permanent band. Tom’s old friend, guitarist Danny Kustow, was the first in the permanent lineup. They ran small ads in the music papers looking for a bass player and drummer. At one audition, the hopeful prospect had hitched a ride with a friend of his who happened to be a drummer, and, as there was no one else to play drums, the friend sat in for the audition. At the end of the evening, the band was still short of a bass player, but Robinson had found his drummer in Brian (Dolphin) Taylor. The search for a bass player continued, until Mark Ambler auditioned. As soon as he plugged in and started to play, the band knew they had found their man. However, some days later, Mark mentioned he also played keyboards. After listening to Ambler playing his Hammond organ Tom realised he would have to be the bass player himself. It wasn’t how he saw himself, but he was definitely competent.

The band hit the club scene right in the middle of London’s punk explosion. Their live shows got favourable reviews, and soon A&R men were attending many of their gigs. There was one small problem - a song in the band’s set called Glad To Be Gay.


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