1979 Steve Kipner – Knock The Walls Down

Kipner, Steve 1979Steve Kipner was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, Kipner began his music career in Brisbane, Australia, where he grew up. Steve & The Board, his first band, achieved Australian chart success with the song “Giggle Eyed Goo,” co-written by his father Nat Kipner and released on Spin Records in 1966. As a result of his father’s A&R involvement in Spin Records, the members of Steve & the Board became good friends with the Bee Gees, who were also on the label.

Steve & The Board broke up in early 1967. Kipner then formed a duo with Australian Steve Groves, and relocated to England in 1968 where they recorded an unsuccessful LP as “Steve & Stevie” (Toast Records). Then they renamed themselves Tin Tin, signed to the Robert Stigwood Organization, and scored an international hit, including an American Top 20 placing, with their 1971 single, “Toast and Marmalade for Tea,” which was produced by Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees. The song’s success led to TinTin supporting the Bee Gees on their American tour in 1972.

“Have You Heard The Word” regularly appeared on Beatles Bootleg albums as what was thought of as a long lost Beatles recording, but it was Kipner, Steve Groves, Maurice Gibb and Lulu’s brother Billie Lawrie clowning around in a Tin Tin recording session.

Kipner moved from London to California in 1974 and was a member of the bands “Friends” (MGM), “Skyband” (RCA), and “Think out Loud” (A&M). He then recorded the solo album Knock the Walls Downin 1979. While writing and recording for his own album, Kipner came into contact with other artists who developed an interest in his songs for their albums, and accidentally fell into a song-writing career as more and more opportunities arose.

At that time he met Australian manager Roger Davies, who in the early 1980s was working for Olivia Newton-John’s manager Lee Kramer. Kipner had co-written a song with English songwriter Terry Shaddick entitled “Let’s Get Physical,” and played the demo to Davies, imagining the song would be suited to a male singer such as Rod Stewart. Kramer overheard the song from the next room and thought it would be a way to promote another one of his clients, Mr. Universe, by having him appear with Newton-John on her album cover.Retitled “Physical,” the song spent ten weeks at number 1 on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was a worldwide hit.