Robin George

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HerrMetalHerrMetal Frets: 548
Sad to read that Robin has died. Probably a little known figure but he was heavily promoted as 'the next big thing' in the rock world in around 1984/5.  His single Heartline received lots of radio airplay at the time but it never quite broke through. A fine piece of pop/rock with a great to the point solo. I have strong recollections of hearing it extensively on Tommy Vance and Alan Freeman. He subsequently worked with many bands as a guitarist, producer and engineer. RIP Robin.
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  • HabaneroHabanero Frets: 255
    The first 'Kerrang Video Kompilation' VHS had 'Heartline' on it. Sad news indeed. RIP.
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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 2444
    Oh no, damn, Saw him a couple of times live back in the day. RIP.
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 23534
    Oh god, that's sad news.  Only 68.  I remember very well how heavily promoted he was for that brief time, a handsome dude with a BC Rich.  I'm sure I've got the Heartline single and I think I bought his album, Dangerous Music.

    The article in Guitar World mentions a number of famous names he worked with, but doesn't mention one album I definitely have got, On The Rocks by The Byron Band, with George on guitar, songwriting and production.  1981, so before his solo career.

    https://www.guitarworld.com/news/veteran-guitarist-robin-george-dies-at-68

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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 16338
    Oh I had completely missed this. Yes, the next big thing that never was I guess. I saw him at JBs in Dudley in that period, I’d guess 1984, quite a small venue. Pretty sure he had a BC Rich, not many of those in Dudley then (or now really). 
    Sad news, RIP Robin. 
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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 11714
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    I was something of a fan and in later years had him as a Facebook friend .
    Saw him on the tour for Dangerous Music in 1985 and later at a small club in Croydon called The Underground
    Had the chance to chat with him about his guitars - he was playing the mockingbird more by that time, and explained the importance of having the guitars set up and the difference it made (not lost to me at the time or later ) 
    I have friends who saw him when he briefly worked in Magnum for a tour as second guitar and he was Phil Lynott's last collaborator before Phil passed.

    Vocally he had something of a Marc Bolan tone to his voice (I felt it kind of fitted with the elfin stance he had at the time)


    Think the BC 10 string Rich Bich he had had originally been given to Noddy Holder, but wasn't Noddy's kind of thing, so he sold it to Pete Haycock of Climax Blues Band , and Robin got it from Pete.

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  • westwest Frets: 998
    Oh I had completely missed this. Yes, the next big thing that never was I guess. I saw him at JBs in Dudley in that period, I’d guess 1984, quite a small venue. Pretty sure he had a BC Rich, not many of those in Dudley then (or now really). 
    Sad news, RIP Robin. 

    Ahem , well i had the other 2 mocking birds lof and my band mate rich had the another one and andy heart ( target , effigy ) had another but apart from that  ;) i knew him a bit and huey lucas was his other guitar player ( much better player )  and and his real name was sidebottom ....
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  • grappagreengrappagreen Frets: 1358
    Wow - that's sad.

    My dad worked with him loads..

    I recall one Saturday morning sitting watching one of the morning kids programs (Swop Shop or something like that) because Robin was scheduled to have the video of his latest single played (recall someone throwing a BC Rich on it?). I waited and just as they started to play it, the video crashed and it was never played. The hearts that must have sunk at the moment as the opportunity for some decent exposure went down the toilet.
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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 4275
    Heart line is ace RIP 
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  • bloodandtearsbloodandtears Frets: 1711
    Heart line is ace RIP 

    Yep, A track I'd forgotten about too..  I remember hearing it in the 90s on a compilation in the pub.
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  • SnagsSnags Frets: 5434
    Heart line is ace RIP 

    Yep, A track I'd forgotten about too..  I remember hearing it in the 90s on a compilation in the pub.

    Pretty sure I've got the 12". Had totally forgotten about it until I saw this thread.
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