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Robin Trower

Throughout his long and winding solo career, guitarist Robin Trower has had to endure countless comparisons to Jimi Hendrix, due to his uncanny ability to channel Hendrix's bluesy/psychedelic, Fender Strat-fueled playing style. Born on March 9, 1945, in Catford, England, Trower spent the early '60s playing guitar in various London based outfits; the most successful one being the R&B group the Paramounts, who specialized mostly in covers, but managed to issue several singles between 1963 and 1965. It wasn't until 1967 that Trower received his big break however, when he joined Procol Harum. The group had just scored a worldwide smash hit with "A Whiter Shade of Pale," but the only problem was that the band's leader, singer/pianist Gary Brooker, didn't have a proper band to back him. Brooker was previously a bandmate of Trower's in the Paramounts, and offered the guitar slot in his new fast-rising project to his old friend. As a result, Trower appeared on such Procol Harum classics as 1967's Procol Harum, 1968's Shine on Brightly, 1969's A Salty Dog, 1970's Home (which spawned the popular Trower tune "Whiskey Train"), and 1971's Broken Barricades.

While Procol Harum helped launch Trower's career, the guitarist realized there was limited space for his guitar work, and eventually left for a solo career. Enlisting singer/bassist James Dewar and drummer Reg Isidore (who was soon replaced by Bill Lordan) as a backing band, Trower issued his solo debut, Twice Removed From Yesterday, in 1973. The album barely left a dent in the U.S. charts, but that would change soon enough with his next release, 1974's Bridge of Sighs. With rock fans still reeling from Hendrix's death a few years earlier, the album sounded eerily similar to the late guitarist's work with the Jimi Hendrix Experience (especially his 1968 release, Electric Ladyland), and as a result, the album sky rocketed into the U.S. Top Ten, peaking at number seven.

Although Bridge of Sighs was to be his most popular solo release, Trower's stock continued to rise throughout the mid-'70s, as he became an arena headliner on the strength of such hit albums as 1975's For Earth Below, 1976's Robin Trower Live!, and Long Misty Days, plus 1977's In City Dreams. Further releases followed, yet by the dawn of the '80s, it became quite obvious that Trower's star was rapidly fading, as each album sold less than its predecessor. A brief union with ex-Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce spawned a pair of releases, 1981's B.L.T. and 1982's Truce, before Trower returned back to his solo career.

The '80s saw Trower try and expand his audience with several releases that attempted to update his blues-rock style (such as 1987's slick produced Passion), but none returned the guitarist back to the top of the charts. During the early '90s, Trower returned back to Procol Harum for a brief reunion (1991's Prodigal Stranger), before backing ex-Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry on a few releases (1993's Taxi and 1994's Mamouna, the latter of which Trower earned a co-producer credit for). Trower continued to issue solo albums in the 21st century (2000's Go My Way), while a steady stream of live sets and compilations appeared. Trower returned to work with Ferry once more on 2002's Frantic, again earning a production credit. Reassembling most of his late-'80s band, Trower released Living Out of Time in 2004 and returned with Another Days Blues in late 2005. What Lies Beneath appeared in 2009 from V-12 Records. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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No mention of Dewar's death. Guy had a great set of pipes...
Back in the70s when Towers hit the scene......h i s outrageous guitar riffs were really good for the head. I mean this man had a sound like no other...of course everyone compared him to Hendrix. But after hearing him for a while you realized he was in a class of his own...Blew me away! I saw him about a year ago at B.B. Kings....in NYC....was not a disappointme n t . He took me back to the 70s.
Really enjoyed this music as a young kid and fun to go back and listen to again...
The """BEST""". Eddy salinas . He Town !!! Seen him 7 times & still waiting 4 more.....
Awesome concert in St. Louis....
wegoweko
1995 at a small bar in Elkhart In., won tickets. Front row. Blew out my left ear, was actually dizzy after the show (not induced by booze or other things). Hell of a show but I learned how important his lead singer was to the overall sound.
Wish the right lyrics were posted! Other than that...great song!
Good guitarist, horrible singer
robin trower is no doubt one of the very best guitarists of all time
Yea he is so clean listen
Top five.
Accomplished guitarist with few peers, Better than anyone now.
Can't wait to see him Oct 4th.......
Just good nusic
RT is coming to Orlando in November...w h a t a treat! Amazing guitarist, underrated and underplayed. RIP James!
He makes it look so effortlessly
jkinney2311
Pandora is such a piece of s**t! the majority of info on this site is wrong or misplaced.
Many of Trower's LPs are missing from the Bio. Please update the bio to accurately reflect this great guitarist's achievements . Some of his best work is on the LPs missing from here. Shame on you Prato,Rovi.. .
Had the honour of sharing stages twice with this amazing guitarist!
Bridge of sighs
awesome!
Robin & James...simp l y an amazing duo
RT has always kept his music the way he wanted it-didn't give in to a bunch of pop sound- Thanks RT for all your great music. RIP James Dewar
joustdaddy
RT is simply, simply consistently great!
RT just changed the entire course of my life, TODAY .. RIGHT NOW .. WITH THIS SONG!!
AWESOME!!!
dlockwood3
Can you say Rock n Roll Hall of Fame? WTF!!!
Amazing. Always amazing...
gman3676
Wrong lyrics Pandora!!! I'm hearing Spellbound
I dropped the so called ROLLING STONES MAGAZINE to leave Trower out of the top 10 is criminal It would make as much since as to say Babe Ruth shouldn't be in the top 10 in baseball,but then they have their heads so far up Obamas a** they cant see or smell!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
dawn1916
WRONG LYRICS Pandora. I am hearing Alethia.
AND great singer, Davey Pattison! He deserves credit.
Great guitatist
alohakghi
Mr. Trower was tapped by Jimi Hendrix to carry the torch. He played with the young maestro in London in the early days. Dozens of years later, RT would collaborate with Jack Bruce on a wonderful album, Seven Moons. He continues to amaze with his relevance and eternal youth. He tours regularly and puts on a great show. Don't miss him!
drposh76
This guy can coax some AMAZING sounds out of his Strat effortlessly . My dad has turned me on to a lot of great music while I was growing up and Robin Trower was one of the best guitarists I have hard. I love the blues/rock guitar. RIGHT ON MAN! I was born in '76 so I had plenty of awesome tunes to hear.
under rated wow not in rock & roll hall of fane wow what's up with this some one should realy look into this bad a** dude
johnnyohania n
the fool and me. What is Robin Trower saying here?
Seen him with pat travers great concert.what i can remember?
sbeatty33
A sham he was not voted 1 of the top 100 guitarists of all time in Rolling Stone Dec 2011 issue!
This guy is great guitarest up thrre with jimi .seen him a few times always a great concert . Keep jamming
bevbevan
James Dewar is on the same level of The Rock vocalist as Paul Rodgers. Trower...wel l , Hendrix, SRV, and Clapton come to mind.
jimini56
Trower rocks!!!! He really digs blues and old Nat King Cole. I saw him on the bridge of sighs tour in LA early 80's I think! ha ha! Day of the eagle!
kvons1
Takers get the honey---give r s sing the blues
I really love Trower. His music is always so inviting and satisfying.
I've seen Trower about 8 times over the years always great. His most recent band was very good live in small venues.
markhall51
In a way it's sad that someone with more than just talent, has that thing that is so special. You feel in your heart/ soul and not just your ears when he plays. I have seen him a few times, once in a large arena and once in a much smaller venue and the smaller venue was soooo much better, you could feel a connection with his playing. What a talent, a gifted soul and we are blessed to hear him, M
The Bridge of Sighs is in Venice, Italy and connects the prison there to the interrogatio n rooms. It was built in 1602 and gave convicts their last view of Venice before being imprisoned.
jaa159
Saw him numerous times in the past. Always an awesome show. Was lucky enough to catch him in a very small club in Philly. Brought my son and two nephews. Three new Trower fans. They could not believe what they were seeing.
this song could be a Bad Co. song! awesome!
crbco
Where is Bridge of Sighs?
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