Band members Related acts
- Bruce Robb (aka Bruce Donaldson) -- vocals, keyboards
- Dee Robb (solo effort)
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Title: The Robbs
Catalog: SR 61130
Country/State: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Grade (cover/record): VG+ / VG+
Comments: minor ring, edge and corner wear; stereo pressing
GEMM catalog ID: 5198
I know you're dying to know if these guys were actually related ... turns out they were. Keyboardist Bruce, singer/guitarist Dee and guitarist Joe Robb were in fact brothers. Drummer Craig was their cousin.
So much for the important stuff. While I don't know a great deal about this Oconomowoc, Wisconsin-based outfit, they apparently got their initial recognition in the early-1960s after relocating to Florida where they began backing the likes of Bryan Hyland, Gene Pitney, Del Shannon and Bobby Vee. 1964 and 1965 saw them attract wider attention as an opening act for The Dave Clark Five. The following year they were tagged to replace Paul Revere & the Raiders as the house band for the television program Where the Action Is. The resulting exposure resulted in a contract with Mercury.
Over the next year the group released an impressive string of five 45s:
- 1866's 'Race With The Wind b/w 'In A Funny Sort Of Way' (Mercury catalog 72579)
- 1966's 'Next Time You See Me' b/w 'I Don't Feel Alone' (Mercury catalog number 72616)
- 1966's 'Bittersweet' b/w 'End Of The Week' (Mercury catalog number 72641)
- 1966's 'Rapid Transit' b/w 'Cynthia Loves' (Mercury catalog number 72678)
1.) Violets of
Dawn (Eric Anderson) - 2:25
1.) Bittersweet (P.F.
Sloan - Steve Barri) - 2:35
- 1968's 'Castles In The Air' b/w 'I Don't Want To Discuss It' (Atlantic catalog number 45-2511)
- 1968's 'Changin' Winds' b/w 'A Good Time Song' (Atlantic catalog number 45-2578)
- 1968's 'Movin'' b/w 'Write To You' (Dunhill catalog number 4208)
- 1969's 'Last Of The Wine' b/w 'Written In The Dust' (Dunhill catalog number 4233)
- 1970's 'I'll Never Get Enough' b/w 'It All Comes Back' (ABC Paramount catalog number 11270)
In 1971 they
reappeared as Cherokee (see separate entry) and subsequently established
Cherokee Studios, turning their attention to engineering and production
work. Bruce and Dee have worked on hundreds of albums, covering the
entire rocks spectrum from The Lemonheads to John Mellencamp.
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