Robin Wilson (musician)

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Robin Wilson
Wilson in 2018
Wilson in 2018
Background information
Born (1965-07-12) July 12, 1965 (age 56)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1988–present
Associated actsGin Blossoms, Gas Giants

Robin Wilson (born July 12, 1965) is an American musician most notable for his work as the lead vocalist of the rock band Gin Blossoms.


Wilson replaced Richard Taylor as guitarist of Gin Blossoms in 1988, but switched places early on with vocalist Jesse Valenzuela. He remained a member of the band until its breakup in 1997; prior to the breakup, the band came out with two albums.[1] The band's hit debut album New Miserable Experience went quadruple platinum[2] and featured singles "Hey Jealousy", "Found Out About You", "Mrs. Rita", "Until I Fall Away", and Wilson's "Allison Road". The band's next album, Congratulations I'm Sorry, which went platinum,[1] featured singles "Follow You Down", "As Long as It Matters", "Not Only Numb", and "Day Job", as well as Wilson's "Highwire".

After the breakup of Gin Blossoms, Wilson was the lead vocalist and songwriter for the band Gas Giants,[3] which also included guitarist Dan Henzerling and former Gin Blossoms drummer Phil Rhodes. He also contributed vocals for The Longshadows album Simple Minded Way.[4]

When the Gin Blossoms reunited in 2002, Wilson began touring with the band[5] as well as recording the album Major Lodge Victory. Released on August 8, 2006, the album featured the singles "Learning the Hard Way" and "Long Time Gone".[6]

Wilson runs his own studio, Uranus Recording in Tempe, Arizona, which he opened in 1994.[6]

Wilson has served as an occasional lead singer for The Smithereens since the 2017 death of lead singer Pat DiNizio.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b "Gin Blossoms confirm breakup". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. January 1, 1998. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  2. ^ Masley, Ed (September 1, 2018). "Gin Blossoms' Robin Wilson on why 'Mixed Reality' is their best since 'Miserable' was new". Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Gin Blossoms Singer a Giant Again". Rolling Stone. August 12, 1999. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "Longshadows album melodic, introspective". Deseret News. April 13, 2007. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  5. ^ "Gin Blossoms Bloom Again". Rolling Stone. February 14, 2003. Retrieved May 11, 2010.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b "After 10 years, Gin Blossoms have new CD". East Valley Tribune. August 2, 2006. Retrieved May 11, 2010.[dead link]
  7. ^ "The Gin Blossoms' Robin Wilson Offers Non-Traditional Songwriting Advice". American Songwriter. August 26, 2020.
  8. ^ "Brothers in Song: The Smithereens Carry On". New Jersey Monthly. October 18, 2019.

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