As Arrival departed, Kokomo arrived
When, much to the surprise of the musicians who’d been playing ad hoc gigs at the venue, when the KOKOMO sign went up outside The Pheasantry on the King’s Road …
Tony joined Frank, Dyan and Paddie as Arrival's piano player when they relocated to London in 1969. After a couple of hit singles, Arrival were uncomfortable about being encouraged in a pop-oriented direction. Tony was then instrumental in pulling together the Arrival singers with the other musicians who eventually became Kokomo.
His distinctive voice and funky piano playing is a cornerstone of Kokomo's sound. He also had a spell as a member of 10cc in 1977-78, touring widely and recording the “Live and Let Live” album.
As well as his Kokomo activities, Tony fronts his own band, and regularly gigs in the UK and on the continent.