Saturday, October 10, 2015

Singer-songwriter Robbin Thompson dies at 66

Richmond musician Robbin Thompson plays outside his studio on August 6, 2013. Photo by Dean Hoffmever.

From today's Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Robbin Thompson, the singer-songwriter who was a hero to a generation of rock’n’roll fans and one of the two singers behind Virginia’s unofficial state song, died early this morning. He was 66.

Thompson had become best known in recent years for his effort with fellow singer Steve Bassett to get legislators to adopt their song “Sweet Virginia Breeze” as the official state anthem. The song was a high point in a career full of them.

Thompson once sang in a band with Bruce Springsteen – the only time in his career The Boss wasn’t front and center – recorded with a list of session all-stars and was on the cusp of national fame by the early 1980s.

The breakthrough never came, but Thompson didn’t let it deter him. He continued to create music and ultimately released more than a dozen albums.

He also was co-owner of In Your Ear Music and Video Production in downtown Richmond, from which he based his later career and worked with a new generation of musicians. Read more HERE.

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