|Years active 1967–present|
Show The Wumblers
|Music group The Robbs|
Organization founded Cherokee Studios
|Genres Rock, R&B, Blues, Alternative Rock, Country Rock, Folk Rock, Classic Rock, Jazz|
Occupation(s) Record Producer, Engineer, Musician, and Music Supervisor
Instruments Hammond B3, Keys, Vocals
Associated acts The Robbs, Del Shannon, The Lemonheads, Steve Cropper, John Mellencamp, Ringo Starr, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, Art Garfunkel, Harry Nilsson
Record labels Mercury Records, Atlantic Records, RCA Records, Chess Records, Argo
Similar John Carpenter, Brad Wilson, Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Bob Holman
Bruce robb back squat 252kg
Bruce Robb is an American musician, record producer, engineer, and music supervisor. He is most recognized for his active role in the formative years of the music industry: first as a member of “The Robbs” during the music revolution of the 1960s, then as a founder of Cherokee Studios in the 1970s; followed by decades of producing, engineering and recording with artists like Mos Def, Macy Gray, Henry Rollins, Steve Vai, The Lemonheads, John Mellencamp, Steve Cropper, Ringo Starr, Etta James, Art Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, Del Shannon, Wilson Pickett...
- Bruce robb back squat 252kg
- Bruce robb
- Cherokee Studios founder
- Brothers Robb Production Inc.
- Production work with Steve Cropper
- Film and television
- Work with John Carpenter
- The Robbs produce Summerfest
- Quarter 2 Three Records
- Bruce Robb Productions
- A&R Studio Design + Construction
Cherokee Studios founder
By 1969, The Robbs now calling themselves “Cherokee” had settled on a ranch in Chatsworth, California. With the help of friends Roger Nichols and Toby Foster, the band converted their barn into an artist-owned recording studio. Bruce was particularly enthusiastic about the idea because he had always disliked the sterile vibe in the studios of the era. It started with friends like Del Shannon, who brought Jeff Lynne from Electric Light Orchestra. Word spread bringing Little Richard, Bob Crewe, Michael McDonald... Then, Nichols recorded Steely Dan’s “Pretzel Logic,” and the studio now known as “Cherokee Ranch” earned their first gold record. All the while, Bruce was honing his skills as an engineer and producer under the tutelage of his gifted brother Dee.
In ’74, an eviction for running an “illegal home studio” prompted the Robbs to purchase the former MGM Recording Studios in Los Angeles. The clients of Cherokee Studios included David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Bob Dylan, and each one of the Beatles.
Brothers Robb Production Inc.
An A&R rep named Tom Carolan, who had known the Robb brothers for years at Cherokee, brought them their first major record to produce together with a new alternative band he had scouted for Atlantic Records called The Lemonheads. The album “It's a Shame About Ray” was a commercial success for Evan Dando. The Robbs also did production work for Buffalo Tom and Lita Ford, and then another gold record for The Lemonheads with “Come on Feel the Lemonheads.” During pre-production of the all female Japanese pop-punk band “Shonen Knife,” Dee Robb was diagnosed with cancer. Bruce and Joe completed the album as “The Brothers Robb,” and then shifted focus back to their individual careers. After several years of treatment, Dee returned to the studio and the brothers joined together one more time for Ronnie Laws’ “Everlasting.” Although the production charted, their individual producing schedules rarely aligned again. (The partnership ended with Dee's sudden passing in 2008.)
Production work with Steve Cropper
Bruce Robb collaborated with Steve Cropper on a record for John Cougar Mellencamp. They also worked on recordings for Levon Helm (of The Band), Harry Nilsson and Robben Ford while Cropper made Cherokee his permanent home. The production duo also contributed to Justine Bateman’s and Julia Roberts’ singing debut in the film “Satisfaction.” And Cropper’s membership in The Blues Brothers fostered creative relationships with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi for their movies, such as “Dragnet,” “The Great Outdoors,” and the title track by Fear for “Neighbors.” They also produced two full-length albums for Steve Cropper as well.
Film and television
Bruce Robb was credited on his first movie soundtrack in the 1970s alongside Flo and Eddie of The Turtles when they produced an original score for a racy Roger Corman flick. He later also worked with directorDavid Lynch, produced Shelley Duvall and Robin Williams singing showtunes for Robert Altman’s “Popeye”, and recorded a full orchestra in the scoring of “Twins.” He has also been credited as a producer alongside music supervisor Evyen Klean, with whom he collaborated for HBO’s "Lackawanna Blues". His most recent movie credit is the Amy Smart vehicle “Love N' Dancing,” for which he is listed as the music supervisor-producer and soundtrack producer, with other varied music credits (producer, engineer, arranger, mixing, performer, composer) on over 30 original songs recorded for the film’s dance choreography.
Work with John Carpenter
The sci-fi/horror director and composer John Carpenter first hired Robb to produce the soundtrack for “Village of the Damned.” “Bruce Robb guided our compositions, molded them, shaped them, and when they came out of the speakers they were transformed into one of the most full, most romantic scores I've ever done,” says Carpenter on his official website for the Village soundtrack. Their collaborated on “Vampire$,” which won a Saturn award for Best Music from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, and “Ghosts of Mars,” for which Robb produced the original heavy metal score performed by Anthrax with Steve Vai, Robin Finck, and Buckethead.
Bruce Robb first gained exposure in the music industry as a member of “The Robbs”. The 1960s folk rock band was composed of brothers Dee Robb (lead vocals, guitar), Joe Robb (sax, vocals), Bruce Robb (Hammond B3, vocals) and “cousin” Craig “Robb” Krampf (drums, vocals). After some regional touring success, The Robbs were discovered by Dick Clark while performing at his Young World’s Fair at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago. Clark invited the band to guest on his hit music television show, “Where The Action Is.” Fan reaction to The Robb’s first TV appearance resulted in the band extending their stay to become series regulars for the final year of the series in 1967. During that same year, the band became one of the three house bands (with The Doors and The Chambers Brothers) at The Whisky on Sunset. The daily TV exposure catapulted the band to a brief celebrity period with heavy coverage in the major teen magazines alongside major groups like The Beatles, The Monkees, and The Kinks. Over the course of their performing years, The Robbs were recorded on Chess, Argo, RCA, Mercury, Atlantic and ABC/Dunhill record labels, and toured with major acts like Jerry Lee Lewis, The Byrds, The Turtles, Buffalo Springfield, The Beach Boys, and even opened for one of the first stateside performances of The Rolling Stones. The Robbs released a total of two full-length albums and a number of singles with mostly "bubbling under" appearances on the charts. The band never officially “broke up,” but rather got distracted by the spontaneous success of their own studio during the production of their third album (never released).
The Robbs produce Summerfest
In 1968, the new arts festival conceived by Milwaukee’s then-mayor Henry W. Maier was in the final planning stages, with music noticeably absent. At the urging of business leaders who wanted to attract the youth, the Mayor’s office was prompted to contact a Wisconsin native band for help. With a TV show and heavy touring schedule at the time, The Robbs were one of the most successful bands to come from the Milwaukee area. They agreed to headline and produce a music counterpart to the event. But, The Robbs insisted on expanding the city’s vision from small concerts on plywood staging at the lakefront, to a giant circus big top with professional sound and lighting and a 3,000-seat capacity. Beginning July 20, Summerfest’s inaugural eight-day concert series stole the spotlight with sold-out daily matinee and evening performances. The Robbs were joined onstage by: Ronnie Dove, Freddie Cannon, The Esquires, The New Colony Six, Eric and Errol, The Lemon Pipers, The Next Five, The Destinations, The Messengers, The Picture and The Wet Wild and Away Dancers. Teenage pandemonium far surpassed the conservative city’s expectations requiring additional security, but ultimately drawing the highest attendance of all the events of Summerfest.
The success of the music series attracted Led Zeppelin the following year, followed by every major artist from The Doors, The Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan, to Sting, Metallica, and Prince. Ironically, after years of planning for Summerfest, the last minute music event launched what has grown to become “The World’s Largest Music Festival” (certified by Guinness World Records in 1999) attracting up to 1 million people today.
Quarter 2 Three Records
Quarter 2 Three Records is Robb's indie record label. Artists include: blues and classic R&B artist Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, hip hop group JustMATTER, and new artists in development. Recent label releases include: "Out of the Wilderness" by Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise and the original soundtrack for the motion picture "Love N' Dancing" by Various Artists.
Bruce Robb Productions
In addition to record production, Bruce Robb Productions focuses on original music production and music supervision services for the film, television and commercial industries. Robb's production company recently handled all of the music department tasks for the Amy Smart dance movie "Love N' Dancing." BRP delivered over 30 original songs created for specific dance choreography, with Robb as the lead music producer/composer/supervisor for the film’s original score and soundtrack.
A&R Studio Design + Construction
A&R Studio Design + Construction is a firm specializing in professional studio builds for the entertainment, broadcast and recording industries. A&R is: AUGSPURGER (acoustic architect George Augspurger), ANDERSON (former News Corp./Fox Studio's Project Manager John Anderson) and ROBB (Cherokee Studios' Bruce Robb).