Wilde World: Tex Rubinowitz

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.

Marty Wilde first started his career singing American hits for the UK market. It is rather amusing, then, to see that one of his first self-penned hits was covered by American artists. Tex Rubinowitz was born on October 10, 1944 in Abilene, Texas (USA). He started playing clubs in 1970 and formed the band Casa Loma Cowboys. The band split up in 1978 and Tex decided to go solo.

‘Bad boy’ was his first solo single, released in 1979. He was accompanied by Billy Hancock, Bob Newscaster, Bryan Smith, and Jeff Lodsun during the recording on June 16, 1978 at the Bias Studios in Virginia. He listed his mother as one of the producers because she paid for the studio time. He released one more single called ‘Hot rod man’, which became a standard in the rockabilly scene. One self-titled album followed in 1985, featuring all the songs he recorded at the end of the Seventies, with five new tracks. In 1987 he pulled back from the music business and started living privately.

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