Thomas Dolby

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": new wave 80s synth pop electronic synthpop pop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thomas Morgan Robertson, 14 October 1958, Cairo, Egypt. Dolby is a self-taught musician/vocalist/songwriter and computer programmer. After studying meteorology and projectionism at college, he started building his own synthesizers at the age of 18. With his own hand-built PA system he acted as sound engineer on tours by the Members, Fall and the Passions. Afterwards, he co-founded Camera Club with Bruce Wooley in January 1979, before joining the Lene Lovich backing group in September 1980, for whom he wrote ‘New Toy’. His first solo output was the single ‘Urges’ on the Armageddon label in 1981, before he scored hits the following year with ‘Europa’ and ‘The Pirate Twins’. For a series of 1982 concerts at the Marquee he recruited ex-Soft Boys Matthew Seligman and Kevin Armstrong of the Thompson Twins, while finding time to contribute to albums by M, Joan Armatrading and Foreigner. Other collaborations included Stevie Wonder,...

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