Ian Gomm born in downtown Chiswick, grew up in London and cut his teeth on The Ventures, The Everly Brothers and The Beatles. His first performances were leading three-piece line-ups around the West London R&B circuit supporting new groups such as The Who, Pink Floyd and The Move. In 1971 he was described by the NME as "the best rhythm guitarist in Britain."
He joined the cult group Brinsley Schwarz, supporting Dave Edmunds and Wings, topping the bill at the first Glastonbury and appearing in the film Stardust with David Essex. Setting up a studio in the mid-70s, he recorded The Stranglers, Alexis Korner, Peter Hammill and Amon Duul. Ian signed to the newly formed independent Albion record label based in London for his first solo album, Summer Holiday. Released in the UK in 1978 it featured used superb musicians like Herbie Flowers (bass), BarryDe Sousa (drums) and Raf Ravenscroft (saxophone) of 'Baker Street' fame.
In 1979 the same album now called Gomm with the Wind was released on Stiff/Epic Records in North America. A single from the album, Hold On took off on college radio and eventually climbed to number 12 in the U.S. Hot 100. For over 5 months he toured and played all the top venues in the U.S. attracting audiences of 20,000 or more. Firstly supporting Dire Straits on their 'Sultans Of Swing' tour, then quickly followed by his own sell out U.S. solo tour.
Chart topping country star Glen Campbell covered Ian's song Hooked On Love from this album. Nick Lowe also had his biggest hit around the same time reaching the U.S. and U.K. top ten with Cruel to be Kind a song he co-wrote with Ian when they were in the Brinsleys. But that's just the start of the story, or the Stiff part of the story. Head to www.iangomm.com for more.