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Rockie Robbins


“Music is the one thing in life that everyone loves and appreciates,” Rockie Robbins told the Minneapolis Spokesman in a preview for his April 30, 1978, concert at St. Peters AME Church. “It’s universal, yet individual. So when I have the opportunity to share my gift with others, I want everyone to feel a part of my experience.” Robbins embodied that same universality in his doo-wop stints, rock bands, and disco reenactments. With his 1978 A&M signing, he joined a triumvirate of Minneapolis Sound Missionaries who inked major deals with major labels at the decades close. Outside the borders of “Funkytown,” and perhaps more angelic than princely, Rockie Robbins represented the softer side of the Twin Cities.


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