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TOM ROBINSON

Nell's Jazz and Blues, W14 8TG, [Venue Details]

Tom’s band TRB hit the UK top 10 in 1977 with the punk-era anthem ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’ and in 1978 ‘Glad to be Gay’ entered the UK top twenty despite a BBC ban.

Tom, one of the decade’s few out gay musicians, continued to volunteer at the then Gay Switchboard as TRB’s debut album went gold. TRB were founder members of Rock Against Racism and headlined the famous 1978 Victoria Park concert. After fleeing to Hamburg to avoid bankruptcy, Tom returned to the UK top 10 in 1983 with the solo hit ‘War Baby’, subsequently collaborating with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché.

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