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In Memory of Thomas (Tom) Robb


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Gifted Nashville bass player Thomas James Robb (Tom), 57, was welcomed into the ranks of Gods eternal band on March 6, 2006 after a courageous fight with liver cancer.

 

Of all his accomplishments he was most proud of being a devoted husband, a loyal friend, and a loving brother. He was a lifelong champion of the New York Yankees, a passionate sports enthusiast, and an avid softball player. He was also known for his great affinity for animals especially his canine friends. He was a self made and musically self-taught man.

 

He is survived by his wife of nineteen years, Melanie Dyer, a flight attendant for US Airways in Charlotte, NC: brothers Doug Robb (Charlene) of Monroe, CT and Ken Robb (Jo Ann) of Belleville, NJ: mother and father in-law, David and Lois Dyer of Bassett, VA: numerous brothers and sisters in-laws and nieces and nephews.

 

Mr. Robb was born is Passaic, NJ and was a survivor of a childhood of hardships that included homelessness and multiple foster and childrens homes. His high school years were spent at Bonnie Brae Farm For Boys near Basking Ridge, NJ and it was there that he began playing drums and eventually bass guitar. He moved to Greenwich Village in the late 1960s and played in bands and studios in the New York City area. In 1970 he moved to Atlanta, GA to work with rock artist Mylon LeFevre, and while there played on recordings for Alicia Bridges, Paul Davis, Dionne Warwick, Melissa Manchester, Frankie Miller, and many other artists.

 

After moving to Nashville in 1980 he played on hundreds of recording including those of Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Vern Gosdin, BJ Thomas, Deborah Allen, Ricky Van Shelton, Eddie Rabbit, Sweethearts of The Rodeo, Rick Trevino, The Winans, Shirley Caesar and Aaron Tippin. He was known for his high degree of professional integrity and organizational skills, as well as delivering his bass part in the pocket and with feeling. He had occasionally toured throughout the years with artists as diverse as Shirley Eikhard, Ricky Skaggs, The Marshall Tucker Band, Leslie West and Sweethearts of The Rodeo. He contributed his skills to movie projects, TV shows and publishing projects for many songwriters and publishers. In recent years he had also worked in the sports collectibles fields.

 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Nashville Humane Association, 213 Oceola Ave., Nashville, TN, Bonnie Brae School for Boys, 3415 Valley Road, Liberty Corner, NJ 07938 or Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN. A memorial service will be announced.

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