Robbin Crosby

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Robbin Crosby
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Background information
Birth name Robbinson Lantz Crosby
Also known as King
Born (1959-08-04)August 4, 1959
La Jolla, California, United States
Died June 6, 2002(2002-06-06) (aged 42)
Los Angeles, California
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock, glam metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments guitar
Years active 1977–2002
Associated acts Ratt, Jon Bon Jovi, Secret Service, MacMeda, Phenomenon
Notable instruments
Jackson King V
Jackson Firebird

Robbinson Lantz "Robbin" Crosby (August 4, 1959 – June 6, 2002) was an American guitarist who was a member of glam metal band Ratt, earning several platinum albums in the U.S. in the mid-to-late 1980s. Crosby was HIV positive, but died from a heroin overdose in 2002.

Early life[edit]

Crosby was born in La Jolla, California, and had two sisters, Ristin and Bronle. He was the son of Harry W. Crosby, a schoolteacher and author of books about California history.[1]

Career[edit]

With Ratt[edit]

Crosby was one of the original members of the Los Angeles rock band Ratt. He would end up co-writing many of Ratt's songs including "Round and Round", "Wanted Man" and "Lay it Down". The album Out of the Cellar went to triple platinum based on Crosby's co-penned "Round and Round".[2]

Crosby was dating actress Tawny Kitaen (who would go on to appear in several Whitesnake videos) at the time he joined Ratt, and she appears on the album covers of both the Ratt EP (1983) and Out of the Cellar (1984).

In the coming years, Crosby would buy a home in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. He later married Playboy Playmate Laurie Carr in 1987, eventually divorcing in 1991. They had no children.

After Ratt[edit]

Crosby eventually left Ratt. Prior to leaving, Crosby worked as a producer for metal band Lillian Axe.

In a June 1999 interview for a Ratt episode of VH1's Behind the Music, Crosby talked about how drug addiction and his HIV status changed his life. "What has drug addiction done for me?" he asked. "It's cost me my career, my fortune, basically my sex life when I found out I was HIV positive."[3]

In 2001, Crosby publicly stated that he had AIDS and had been HIV positive since 1994. He had also been in and out of the hospital for eight years dealing with back problems and health issues associated with HIV. To occupy his time he became a Little League coach, and also worked on a guitar fan/collector project, which was to create a limited-edition run of Jackson King V "Big Red" replica guitars.

Crosby also attempted various musical projects, first (post-Ratt) re-uniting with San Diego friend and former Warrior/Atomic Playboys vocalist Perry McCarty, Krys Baratto, Dino Guerrero and Mark Lewis as an updated version of Secret Service, a moniker used by McCarty and Crosby previously for their pre-Ratt San Diego band. Later moving to El Paso in 1996, he briefly played with the Country/Western group Bill&Kev&War Party. One of his last projects was with former collaborator and ex-Ratt bassist Juan Croucier.

Death[edit]

Crosby died in Los Angeles on June 6, 2002. Reported causes of his death include AIDS-related complications,[4][5] and heroin overdose.[6][7]

At the time of his death Crosby had changed physically, due to a pancreatic condition that changed his metabolism; Crosby had gained significant weight since his 1980s Ratt heyday. He was quoted as saying in an interview just before his death, "Apparently my pancreas has given up and I'm not metabolizing food the way I should. It's real frustrating.... I have a roommate that probably weighs 150 lbs. and he eats a lot more than I do. It's not like I'm a pig or a slob."[this quote needs a citation]

According to an autopsy report after his death, Crosby weighed 400 pounds (180 kg).[3]

In a 1999 interview that was first televised in 2006, when Ratt's Behind the Music episode finally aired, Crosby stated, "When I die, nobody cry at my funeral, in fact let's all have a party; I've lived the life of ten men. I lived all my dreams and more."

Crosby's remains were cremated. His memorial was at Windansea Beach in La Jolla, California; friends and family on surfboards spread his ashes out at sea.

Discography[edit]

With Ratt[edit]

With Jon Bon Jovi[edit]

With Rumbledog[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Karen Kenyon, "Tracking the Hispanic Roots of California", Los Angeles Times, April 12, 1987.
  2. ^ The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches By Jeremy Simmonds. p. 476.
  3. ^ a b Gil Kaufman. "Ratt Guitarist Robbin Crosby Dies". Vh1.com. 
  4. ^ The new Rolling Stone album guide By Nathan Brackett, Christian Hoard p. 679.
  5. ^ Inside Track. Michael Paoletta. Billboard Dec 9, 2006.
  6. ^ VH1 Behind the Music: Ratt
  7. ^ The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists By Eric Danville, Cliff Mott. University of Arkansas Press p. 13

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