Tin Tin was an Australian pop rock band that became famous during the early 1970s. The band began in 1966 as The Kinetics, a beat pop group from Melbourne with a considerable local following. After a number of breakups and personnel changes, the band relocated to the U.K. in 1969 and reformed as Tin Tin, a quartet with a sound much like that of the early Bee Gees consisting of Steve Kipner (vocals, keyboards, percussion), Steve Groves (vocals, guitar, percussion), John Vallins (bass, guitar, vocals), and Geoff Bridgford (drums). Tin Tin released its eponymous debut album in 1970 and a follow-up, "Astral Taxi" (1971), both of which were produced by Maurice Gibb who also provided some instrumental backing.
Tin Tin debuted on the U.S. Pop/Rock charts in 1971 with the romantic and slightly warbly "Toast And Marmalade For Tea," which became a Top 20 hit and the band's best known song. This Steve Groves-penned ballad was followed later that year by the similarly-styled "Is That The Way," a song co-written by Steve Groves and Steve Kipner which became a minor hit. Tin Tin's final charting song came in late 1971 with "Set Sail For England."
After Tin Tin disbanded in 1973, Kipner went on to become a multi-platinum-selling songwriter and record producer, penning such top hits as "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John, "Hard Habit To Break" by Chicago, and "Genie In A Bottle" by Christina Aguilera. With Kipner's father Nat, Vallins co-wrote the chart-topping "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" as made famous by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams. Bridgford served for a time as The Bee Gees' drummer, and Groves moved back to Australia and continued his career as a singer and songwriter.
- For more info about Steve Kipner and his latest projects, visit stevekipner.net.
- Kipner discusses his long career as a songwriter in an interview with Dale Kawashima on songwriteruniverse.com (2003).
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