Saturday, October 10

Obituary : Singer-songwriter Robbin Thompson dies at 66

The Breeze is gone.
Robbin Thompson, the singer-songwriter who was a hero to a generation of rock ’n’ roll fans and one of the two co-writers behind an official Virginia state song, died early Saturday morning of complications from cancer. The Richmond resident was 66.
Mr. Thompson had become best known in recent years for his effort with fellow singer Steve Bassett to persuade legislators to adopt their song “Sweet Virginia Breeze” as the official state anthem. This year, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation naming it the official “popular” state song — one of two state songs.
The song was a high point in a life full of them.
Mr. Thompson once sang lead in the Steel Mill Band with Bruce Springsteen — the only time in his career The Boss wasn’t front and center — recorded with a list of session all-stars, and was on the cusp of national fame by the early 1980s.

He also was a doting father and grandfather, a man who came to be known as “Baba,” who was intent on spoiling his two grandsons and one granddaughter.

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