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Gibbons began playing the accordion at the age 9, playing in the school band, and solo at music festivals, competitions and charity events. At the age of 14, he started a school rock band, playing guitar and singing. He changed to organ after leaving school and played in local and resident bands until 1972, when joined Moonstone, which released three singles. Gibbons also worked with Love Affair, The Nashville Teens and various cover bands whilst recording another album for English Assassin, which was shelved.
Punk and New Wave came along and Gibbons worked with rock based and New Wave bands until an audition for The Kinks in 1979. He was asked to join, and stayed with them until 1989, whilst also working with Dr. Feelgood, The Kursaal Flyers, Blues 'n Trouble, Ken Hensley, Mike Vernon, Samson, Randy California and others, mainly recording.
Gibbons has worked with Roger Chapman, The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Ian Hunter from 1989 onwards and returned to The Kinks in 1993. He has continued to record and perform with Chapman and Hunter, along with Chris Farlowe, Maggie Bell, Andy Scott, The Chicago Blues Brothers and recently on Ray Davies choir and other projects. In 2008 he joined The Kast Off Kinks, a line-up which includes former Kinks members Mick Avory and Jim Rodford and former Tim Rose sideman, Dave Clarke.
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