Rockabilly revival singer Robert Gordon dies

Robert Gordon, one of the leaders of the 1970s rockabilly revival, has died. He was 75.

Although no cause of death was shared, Gordon was known to be suffering from leukemia, the New York Post reported.

Rockabilly star Robert Gordon dies

The news was announced by his record label, Cleopatra Records.

“Cleopatra Records would like to offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We liked working with Robert and will miss his powerful baritone vocal as well as his focused dedication to his music,” wrote label VP Matt Green.

Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Gordon was inspired to pursue a career in music at a young age by rock and roll greats like Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent.

Gordon’s musical career took off in the 1970s punk rock scene surrounding New York’s CBGB nightclub, frequented by punk and New Wave bands like the Ramones and Blondie.

With his band Tuff Darts, Gordon appeared on the 1976 album Live at CBGB before turning to his rockabilly roots and joining forces with guitar legend Link Wray, of “Rumble” fame, Variety reported.

Rockabilly star worked with Springsteen, Link Wray

The album Robert Gordon with Link Wray contained the minor hit “Red Hot, which charted at 83 on the Hot 100, and was followed by Fresh Fish Special, which included the first recording of the Bruce Springsteen song “Fire” featuring Gordon’s Elvis-like Baritone. Springsteen played piano on the recording.

Gordon was signed to Elvis’s label RCA in 1979 and made his major label debut with Rock Billy Boogie, followed by Bad Boy and Are You Gonna Be the One, which included the hit “Someday, Someway.”

He also appeared in the 1981 movie Loveless with Willem Dafoe and did the music for the film. Gordon’s last album, Hellafied, recorded with British guitarist Chris Spedding, will be released in November.

Gordon is survived by his wife and two kids.