Skip & Flip Biography

This US pop duo, Skip Battin (Clyde Battin, 2 February 1934, Galipolis, Ohio, USA, d. 6 July 2003, Palm Springs, California, USA) and Flip aka Gary S. Paxton (b. Mesa, Arizona, USA), met while attending the University of Arizona in the late 50s. Once known as the Rockabillies, they recorded on Rev as the Pledges and then as Gary & Clyde. Time Records picked up their Rev master, ‘Why Not Confess’/‘Johnny Risk’, and then moved them to its Brent label, with the more distinctive name Skip And Flip. Their recording of Paxton’s song ‘It Was I’ entered the US Top 20 in 1959 and the follow-up, ‘Fancy Nancy’, also charted. Their next release, a revival of Marvin And Johnny’s R&B hit ‘Cherry Pie’ made the Top 20 but proved to be their last chart entry together.

Paxton went on to record under several names (including the Hollywood Argyles, who topped the charts in 1960 with the novelty number ‘Alley-Oop’) for many labels. He also had hits as a producer and label owner, including the two-time charter ‘Monster Mash’, by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett. Paxton went into country music in the 70s and is now a noted personality in the gospel music world. Battin recorded on Indigo, May, Groove, Audicon and Signpost and played in the Byrds, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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