Robb Huxley - Professional Career

Professional Career

After the Vendettas, Huxley moved on to join the Whirlwinds as lead singer under the name "Robb Gayle".

After a recording audition with Joe Meek, the Whirlwinds changed their name to the Saxons and dyed their hair blond. While still semi-pro they released a single through Joe Meek in 1965; It was an instrumental written by Pete Holder and Robb Huxley titled "Saxon War Cry".

In December 1965, Joe Meek summoned the Saxons to London to work professionally as his house band, renamed The Tornados. They were also known as the New Tornados. During their short association with Joe Meek, they put out two singles. “Pop-Art Goes Mozart” / “Too Much in Love to Hear” and “Is that a Ship I Hear” / “Do You Come Here Often”. Both singles were released in 1966. Nowadays “Do you Come Here Often” is recognized as being the first ever openly “Gay” song to be released on record.

Almost a year after Joe Meek’s death in a shooting incident at his Holloway Road studio, with only Robb Huxley and Dave Watts remaining from the original line up, the Tornados left for a tour of Israel.

Early in February 1968 in Tel-Aviv the Tornados disbanded, which ended to Joe Meek’s succession of Tornados.

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