|Birth name||Robert Jay LaKind|
November 3, 1945|
December 24, 1992 (aged 47)|
Los Angeles, California
|Occupation(s)||Musician, vocalist, songwriter|
|Instruments||Congas, percussion, drums, vocals|
|Associated acts||The Doobie Brothers|
Robert Jay LaKind (November 3, 1945 – December 24, 1992) was a conga player, vocalist, songwriter and occasional backup drummer with The Doobie Brothers. Originally a lighting roadie for the band, he was invited to join as a sideman for studio sessions after band members noticed his talent when LaKind goofed around on the congas after a concert.
LaKind was from Teaneck, New Jersey and graduated from Teaneck High School, Class of 1963. He attended the University of Kentucky and was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, the Animal House of the university's fraternities during the 1960s. Also a member of Sigma Nu during this time was basketball player and future coach, Pat Riley.
He was a session man with the band from 1976 and joined them onstage as well. He was finally invited to join the band as a full member three years before their 1982 dissolution, though he was not credited as such until the Farewell Tour album in 1983. When the band reformed in 1988, he rejoined and was featured on the album Cycles, but he was soon forced into retirement by illness.
LaKind's former bandmates performed two benefit concerts in 1992 to raise money for a trust fund set up for LaKind's two sons, Nicky and Logan. He died from terminal colon cancer on Christmas Eve that year.
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