Monday, November 26, 2007
Wisconsin Bands #5....The Robbs
1966. The Robbs were the three Donaldson brothers and drummer Craig Kampf from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. In a move that would later inspire The Ramones, they became individually known as Dee Robb,Joe Robb, Bruce Robb and Craig Robb. They were an amazingly tight band. A big break came when they took over the house band chores from Paul Revere and the Raiders on Dick Clark's afternoon dance show,"Where The Action Is." A folk rock single,"Race With The Wind," was a big regional hit, a steady sales producer that just couldn't crack the national top 40 charts. They broke up in 1970 and opened Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles - one of the most successful recording studios of the vinyl era. No other band had more singles(6) in the numbers 100 to 105 position on the Billboard charts. They are well remembered by Wisconson's big beat era teens who witnessed their many appearances across the state. They were also the closest thing we had to The Beatles.