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Art Baxter and His Rock 'n' Roll Sinners (Rock, Rock, Rock / I Gotta Have Lovin' / Rock You Sinners)Composers: Moore-Subotsky / Al & Danny Purches / Phil Philips-Art BaxterMusic in public domain.
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Welcome to the Art Baxter website, which has been created by me, Julian King, nephew of Art Baxter, and put together from information and material collated by myself, my cousin Eric Gomm, other family members, his record company, provincial and national news and music papers, ex-band musicians and people closely associated with Art Baxter. The purpose of the website is to serve as a tribute to Art Baxter the singer.
ART BAXTERArt Baxter was born Arthur Charles Gomm on Saturday 8 May 1926 in Canterbury, Kent to Rose Allen [Rosa Newman 1892-1983] and Harold Leopold Gomm [1892-1963]. He was the 4th of their five children. He had 3 brothers - John Leopold Gomm [1919-1943]; Harold Mark Gomm [1921-1992]; Louis William Gomm [1922-2007] - and one sister Patricia Gomm [b.1934].Art was born to sing. In his early years he sang with the Matt Moore Band; The Jan Ralfini Orchestra; the Oscar Rabin Band and Ken MacKintosh & His Orchestra. He then achieved notable success with the The Ronnie Scott Orchestra before hitting the big time leading Britain’s second rock ‘n’ roll band, 'Art Baxter and His Rock ‘n’ Roll Sinners,' setup by Jeffrey S. Kruger MBE. He sang with some of Britain’s finest musicians and performed at many of the top venues. His vocal style and stage performances became legendary and set the trend for many of Britain’s rock stars to follow. He was at the top of his profession throughout the mid-1950s, and, at the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in this country, Art Baxter was described by his record label Philips as ‘The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in England’. Art Baxter & His Rock ‘n’ Roll Sinners headlined over 298 performances during nine months of touring across England and Scotland and they also featured in Britain’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll movie 'Rock You Sinners.' In his later years Art Baxter sang in numerous Pubs, Clubs and Hotels including The Kings Head in Margate; the GI Club in Chatham; the Bridge Hotel in Westgate; the Windsor Hotel in Weston-Super-Mare; The Bow Bars on the Isle of Wight, The Father Red Cap in Camberwell; the A & R Club in Charing Cross Road; The Frog & Nightgown in Bermondsey; the Old Tigers Head in Lee Green and the George IV in Woolwich.Art Baxter passed away on Easter Monday the 31st of March 1997.
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The 'ROCK 'N' ROLL SINNERS'Art Baxter (vocals)Dickie Bennett (vocals)Phil Phillips (piano)Pete Elderfield (bass)Wally Bishop (tenor sax)Norman Moy (tenor sax)Stan Waterman (guitar)Ray Dempsey (guitar)Reg Bulle (drums)Martin Aston (drums)Johnny Gregory (drums)Where are they now?
Title: Jingle Rock Composers: Phil Phillips-Jeff KrugerMusic in public domain
Britain's First King of Rock 'n' Roll