“Brown Bag Lunch Talk” Hosted by Gene Glasco Scheduled for October 15.
Pat Robinson, former Arcadian– accomplished musician, songwriter, recording artist, film producer, and sketch artist, – is Gene Glasco’s featured guest at his Brown Bag Lunch Talk- “The Beat Goes On: Arcadia’s Back Yard Bands of the Sixties”, Thursday, October 15, 12:00 pm at the Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum. Samples of Robinson’s music and some of his exceptional artwork will be on display. Hors d oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.
The multi-talented Robinson created a band in the Sixties named “Fenwyck”, says Glasco, “that played not only in Arcadia, but all over California”. “Fenwyck” was known for their incredible similarity to “The Byrds”, a group that sang in four-part harmony and invented the whole genre of folk rock that topped the 60’s music charts with their recordings of “Mr. Tamborine Man” and “Turn, Turn, Turn”- to name just a few. After high school, Robinson formed a new band called “Back Pocket”, and performed in the U.S. and Europe. Later, Robinson wrote and produced songs for fifteen years with Gene Clark (Byrds) eventually forming yet another group, “CRY” (Clark, Robinson, York). John York on 12-string, Nicky Hopkins (Stones, Beatles) on keys, Rick Danko (The Band) on bass, Michael Clarke (Byrds) on drums with Gene Clark and Robinson up front on guitars.
In the 80’s, Pat enjoyed a successful affiliation with Joe Cocker, writing songs that Cocker would perform both in the U.S. and abroad. Robinson’s New Orleans production company, JBond Records has recorded and produced CDs for Hall of Fame blues artists Leon Russel, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Benjy Davis Project. With Timothea, the “Siren of Soul” he fashioned a captivating music video (It’s Time for a Change”), filmed at the historic Columns Hotel on St. Charles Place. Some of Fenwyck’s early recordings will be played at Glasco’s talk, along with some newer cuts from Robinson’s CRY and Mystery Brothers CD’s. An accomplished sketch artist in his own right, some of Robinson’s work will also be on display; which according to Eric Finzi, appraiser for the J. Paul Getty museum, is rising in value.