Wilde World: Robert Gordon

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ shows.

Robert Gordon made a name for himself when he had a European hit with ‘Red Hot’ in 1978. The American musician and actor is best known for his neo-rockabilly songs. His career started in 1977 when he signed to Private Stock records and released the album ‘Robert Gordon with Link Wray’, together with Link Wray who was a guitar legend who became popular in the late 1950s. That album spawned ‘Red Hot’, which reached number 78 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached number 7 in the Dutch top 40 chart. After one more album with Private Stock, Robert Gordon signed with RCA Records and released five albums between 1979 and 1982.

One of them was ‘Bad boy’ (1980), and as you might expect the title track was a cover version of a song made famous by Marty Wilde in 1959.

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