Robbie was born
November 23rd 1961 in Florida. Began taking lap steel guitar lessons at
8 years old. Played schools and churches as a child. At age 15 picked up
"standard" 6 string
guitar. In 1978 played first "professional" gig with band "AIRCREW".
Played clubs throughout the
Tampa Fl. area and mastered the craft of entertainment.
Moved to Ft. Pierce, Fl. in 1981 to study for a college degree in music. Kept
AIRCREW together and began playing in Ft. Pierce, Stuart, Cocoa Beach, Delray
and surrounding areas on the East Coast of Florida.
Graduated from college with
degree in music. In '83 signed with King Music, Inc. and
began touring the Crown Lounge and Big Daddy's bar circuit. Moved to Miami in
be in the middle of a HUGE music scene that was there at that time. In 1984
new band..."LIX". Moved to Ft. Lauderdale. That year LIX went on a 2 week tour
of PERU courtesy of CBS Records of South America.
Lix signed with K&Marz Productions and played the "A" circuit rooms from Miami
Palm Beach and all points in between. Left the band in 1986 and formed "D-Tour".
formed the band "Silent Partner" and signed with Fantasma Productions, Inc. and
to play before thousands of people 7 days a week up and down the East
Joined the South Carolina
based band "SUBWAY" in late '88. Moved to Myrtle Beach, SC.
Subway was the number 1 band with Showtime Entertainment, Inc. and traveled the
entire country. Moved to Atlanta, GA. SUBWAY disbanded in late 1990. Moved to
Columbia, SC and the remaining members including Robbie
formed a band called "THE ESSENCE" which became the houseband at the SHANGRI-LA
rock club in Columbia, SC and later took the house job at the DYNASTY rock club
In 1991 Robbie returned to Florida and formed a band out of Orlando, FL. called
"SWEET MERCY". After playing a couple of months in Florida working with OMNI
Entertainment, Inc. Robbie took the band to Showtime and CMC Entertainment and
again began touring the country.
In 1993 the bottom fell out of the club scene. Drinking laws became stricter and
people started listening to Rap and stopped coming out to clubs. It had become
an industry that was no longer viable for a band or a booking agent to be able
fill 7 days a week. So Robbie moved to Easley, SC and hooked up with local
band THE OATH.
Played with the Oath and the
band actually defied the odds and were able to work more
than just weekends! Actually began touring from Florida to Maryland at a time
bands were packing it in! In '98 Robbie decided that 20 years was long
enough and "retired".
In late '99 Robbie, now fully
re-charged began putting out "feelers" to see if perhaps
he might want to play again. Joined local Greenville band KID COLT. After a
the house band at De Walkers in Greenville the band began playing all around the
Upstate area of South Carolina. In 2002 the band re-tooled itself and was
PARK TRASH". The band had a very successful run and was playing steadily
TRAGEDY BEFELL ROBBIE!
On May 12th 2002 Robbie was in his Jeep Wrangler when it flipped 7 times!
was broken as well as both arms. It was uncertain whether he would be paralyzed.
spent most of the month in the hospital and on May 29th finally came home.
Barely able to
walk and sporting a neck brace and two full arm casts it was a very discouraging
Determined to come back Robbie began going to the gym everyday and piece by
little by little began putting himself back together. In July the neck brace was
well as the arm casts and Robbie began seriously re-habbing his broken body.
dropped from 205 pounds to a weak 183! But by August Robbie had miraculously
all his weight and former physique by working through the pain at the gym. In
of 2002 Robbie defied all the odds and returned to the stage with the Oath!
After performing with The Oath through November of 2002 Robbie had to
regretfully step aside because of conflicts in scheduling.
March 2003 sees Robbie
deciding to come back out and play live again! Recruiting Tony G, who was
formerly of The Oath/Party of Four Band, Robbie also got Claudia for lead vocals
and formed a trio with the drums and bass sequence This trio had an extremely
successful run throughout the Southeast.
Robbie finally leaves the Southeastern U.S. and moves to Las Vegas!
Purchasing an old VS-2480 Roland 24 track studio which replaces his Pro
Tools studio set up, Robbie begins working again on original music. And
now he and Claudia-Marie are busy shooting music videos for their music
and playing occassional gigs in Las Vegas.
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