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A Biographical Thumb-nail Sketch

Singer/songwriter Robert Robin Brown was born in Motley county, Texas at the end of WWII. He grew up in the Caprock region of the Texas panhandle during the rockabilly era . He began playing mandolin at age 6 under his brother Ben's guidance. At age 9 he made his first appearance on KFLD radio in Floydada singing the country song, 'Are you Mine'. At age 12 he wrote his first "song" from which his father was swindled a hundred dollars!

At age thirteen Robin started a guitar & drum trio called The Three Notes with David Rattan & Robert. Brandon. Later, he played saxophone and guitar in a Dixieland band "The Swing Kings" which evolved from the original trio at Matador, Tx. After hearing the Ventures and a live performance of 'The Fayros' of Turkey, Tx in 1960 he fell in love with surf music and became a lauded imitator & player of the surf classics.

The English Invasion of the mid-nineteen sixties expanded Brown's musical horizons and soon Robin was singing harmony and playing lead guitar in a Beatle-copy group called "The Gimini Five" (of Canyon-Amarillo, Tx). This occured during his college years and it included a trip to Denver and an appearance at the Cinnamon Club, a famous teenage night spot there in the summer of 1965.

In 1968 he and Max Barton formed a nightclub band and played regularly at "Friday's Steakhouse and Lounge" in Amarillo. They were delighted when the noted drummer Gary Swafford joined the group which also included Bill Waldrup on Bass guitar. They called themselves the Soulutions and played a lot of the current hits by soul artists and also played some rock classics.

Robin Brown then appeared as backup guitarist at the "Crossroads Motel Lounge" in Amarillo in early 1970, before retiring from stage for over thirty years. Finally, in 2002 he began appearing occasionally at "The Church of Western Swing" in Turkey, Tx. playing and singing rockabilly and pop-classics. Although surprised that anyone would even like his voice, he has found an enthusiastic following among the middle-aged and older set! He does a credible imitation of Elvis, Holly and Bobby Venton.

Recordings of Robin Brown can be summarized as:
Original Instrumental/ KVOP radio--c.1963/ Plainview, Tx
Background guitar / N.Petty Studio--1964 / Clovis, Tx
Lead Guitar / Ray Ruff Studio--c.1965 / Amarillo, Tx
2 Original songs / Larry Cox Studio--c.1966 / Amarillo, Tx
4 Original songs / garage studio--1971 / Lubbock, Tx
1 Original song / Billy Stull studio--c.1974 / Amarillo, Tx
3 original songs/ 16th ave.south studio /Nashville, Tenn/ 1975
3 orginal songs/ Unknown studio / Nashville, Tenn / 1975
1 original gospel song / Don Caldwell studio--c.1980 / Lubbock, Tx
12 original songs/ Perkins Park Location/ Plainview, Tx / 1993-96

 

Robin Brown-1978

Robin Brown c.1978

Gem Theater-Turkey, Texas-2007

Robin Brown - mic, Bennie Brown - guitar, Gary Johnson - organ c.2008

Artist Profile:

Robert Robin Brown was born in West Texas and had the
good fortune of being born into a family of music lovers
and musicians. This had occurred during the cold war
era, post WWII in the Panhandle of Texas. Robin like
most rural youngsters of this time grew-up listening to Hank
Williams, Grand Ol' Opry and later Elvis Presley while
studying guitar with his brother Bennie. In 1958, at
the young age of thirteen he founded his first band,
the Swing Kings of Matador, Tx, a band that played
dixieland instrumentals. By the early sixties he
had graduated to Rock'n Roll and rockabilly music. A
great influence on his early guitar playing was George
Tomsco of the Fireballs and also he loved the Ventures. Being
somewhat multi-talented Robin wrote his first song in
1957 but a Hollywood song-shark used this song to bilk
his father of $100. In 1965 he and Ronnie Hester
formed a rock band "The Gimini Five" in Canyon, Tx
while attending college, and they became popular around
the region. After recording at Norman Petty's studio
(Clovis), Ray Ruff's Studio (Amarillo) and also
playing onstage for several years professionally, in
1975 he moved to Nashville to pursue a songwriting
career. He met a lot of important people but wasn't successful in getting songs recorded so
after one year there he gave-up his dream and returned
to Texas. Although his dreams were postponed until
recently he has now made available these original and early
songs as a tribute to all those that once believed
in him. Hopefully you will find
in Robin's music a lyric, a tune or a story that you
can personally relate to. A song that will
bring back for at least a moment the feeling of those magic fifties
and sixties!

Order two CD's here:
Guitar Instrumentals CD / On the Back of a Guitar (vocal CD)
by Robin Brown
Send $14.95 each to:
Lone Starr Music....PO Box 962947....El Paso, Tx...79996

 

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