Robert Gordon, Rockabilly-Revivalist singer, dies at 75

Robert Gordon, one of the early rockabilly revivalists and a familiar presence in New York City’s punk rock scene in the 1970s, died Tuesday at the age of 75, his record label confirms. diverse. No cause of death was mentioned, though his family recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to aid in his battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

“Cleopatra Records would like to offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends. We have loved working with Robert and will miss his powerful baritone voice as well as his focused dedication to his music,” wrote VP Matt Green.

Gordon’s latest album, “Hellafied,” which he once again brings together with British guitarist Chris Spade, will be released on November 25.

With DA’s plump haircut and penchant for ’50s clothing, it was easy in the ’70s to view Gordon as a throwback to the ‘happy days’ style. But with a highly resonant, romantic voice, organised precision, and excellent flair for guitarist collaborators such as Spedding, Link Wray, and Danny Gatton, Gordon was unique among neo-rockabilly revivalists. His work precedes that of feral cats by Brian Setzer, who took the embracing sound to the top of the charts in the early 1980s.

With firebrand Gatton and RCA, Gordon shifted some of his focus away from rockabilly and toward pop, R&B and country music in his 1981 title Are You Gonna Be the One and his favorite single on MTV “Someday, Someway” which he penned so powerfully-champion pop Marshall Crenshaw.

After breaking up with RCA, Gordon went on to record premium rockabilly and blues albums for labels such as Viceroy (1994 “All for The Love of Rock ‘N’ Roll”), Jungle (2004 “The Relaxing Mind”), Rykodisc (2007) and Elvis Presley praised the song “It’s Now or Never” with Spedding), Lanark (2014’s “I’m Coming Home”), and Cleopatra on her latest studio recording, “Rockabilly for Life” for 2020.

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