Skip & Flip

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Skip & Flip was a U.S. pop duo, consisting of Skip (Clyde Battin) and Flip (Gary S. Paxton). They met while attending the University of Arizona in the late 1950s.


Once known as the Rockabillies, they recorded on Rev Records as the Pledges and then as Gary & Clyde. Time Records picked up their Rev master "Why Not Confess"/"Johnny Risk", and then moved them to its Brent Records label, under the name Skip and Flip. Their recording of Paxton's song "It Was I" entered the U.S. Top 20 in 1959, peaking at No. 11, and the follow-up, "Fancy Nancy", charted at No. 71. Their next release, a revival of Marvin And Johnny's R&B hit single, "Cherry Pie", also made No. 11 but proved to be their last chart entry together.

Paxton went on to record for several labels using several names, including the Hollywood Argyles, who topped the charts in 1960 with the novelty song "Alley-Oop". He also had hits as a producer and label owner. One of his productions was "Monster Mash", by Bobby "Boris" Pickett.[1][2]

Paxton later started the Bakersfield International label in the mid-1960s, attempting to cash in on the Bakersfield sound, recording out of a converted Flxible Flyer bus, in which he built a mobile eight-track recording studio, working with a number of musicians. These including several who later went on to play in the Byrds and other country rock acts of the era, including the Reasons (aka Nashville West, featuring Gene Parsons), Clarence White, Gib Gilbeau, and Wayne Moore), the Gosdin Brothers, and Dennis Payne. Many of these sessions ended up on low-budget releases and exploitative cover albums, such as Guitar Country by Bakersfield's Big Guitars on Jasico Records. It would appear that Paxton sold these sessions to other labels to finance projects closer to his own heart.[citation needed]

Paxton moved to Nashville in the early 1970s, recorded several country albums under his own name, and is now a noted personality in the gospel music world.

Battin recorded on Indigo Records, May Records, Groove Records, Audicon Records and Signpost Records. He played in such groups as Evergreen Blueshoes, the Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, as well as doing session work with a wide variety of artists.


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