Tom Robinson is a British songwriter and broadcaster born in 1950. His music career began
with the London acoustic trio Café Society, whose 1975 album was produced by Ray Davies.
With the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) in the late seventies he was a vocal supporter of Rock
Against Racism and LGBT rights - enjoying chart success with Glad To Be Gay, 2-4-6-8
Motorway and Up Against The Wall. TRB's debut album Power In The Darkness went gold in
the UK and Japan, and after the band broke up in 1979 Tom subsequently wrote songs with
both Peter Gabriel and Elton John.
His third band Sector 27 was unsuccessful in the UK, but in New York they played Madison
Square gardens with The Police before splitting in 1981. After further solo hits in 1983 with
War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, Tom was offered his own regular radio
show on the BBC World Service.
His broadcasting has subsequently won two gold Sony Academy Radio Awards, and Tom has
hosted programmes on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 4 Extra, 5 Live and 6 Music - where he
currently presents three shows a week. In recent years he's become known as a champion of
independent musicians - both through BBC Introducing and via his own new music blog at
Fresh On The Net.