Skip & Flip were a pop/rock duo consisting of Clyde "Skip" Battin (February 18, 1934 - July 6, 2003) and Gary S. Paxton (May 18, 1939 - July 17, 2016, a.k.a. "Flip") that became famous during the late 1950s-early 1960s. They began performing together when both were students at the University of Arizona and made their first recordings during the late 1950s on Rev Records as The Pledges and then as Gary & Clyde before moving to Brent Records.
Renamed Skip & Flip, the duo debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1959 with the Paxton-penned "It Was I," which became a Top 20 hit and a million-selling record. The duo had another Top 20 hit the following year with their cover of the Joe Josea-penned "Cherry Pie," which was originally the B-side to Marvin & Johnny's 1954 R&B chart hit, "Tick Tock." Skip & Flip also had minor hits with "Fancy Nancy" (1959) and "Hully Gully Cha Cha Cha" (1960).
After Skip & Flip disbanded in the early 1960s, both Battin and Paxton went on to have long and successful music careers. Battin later became a member of The Byrds, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, and The Flying Burrito Brothers and also recorded solo. Paxton (b. Larry Wayne Stevens) was a record producer, recording artist, and Grammy and Dove Award winning songwriter. His many production credits include the chart-topping "Alley Oop" (1960) for Hollywood Argyles and "Monster Mash" (1962) for Bobby "Boris" Pickett. Paxton later became a minister and turned his attention to Christian and gospel music. He was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
- The Independent remembers Clyde "Skip" Battin.
- The New York Times remembers Gary S. Paxton.
- For more info on Paxton's life and career, visit garyspaxtonministries.com.
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Skip And Flip
- Cherry Pie 1960
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