Michael Robillard, 4 October 1948, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA. Although associated in most minds with Roomful Of Blues, the band he formed with pianist Al Copley in 1967, Robillards ambitions reach beyond the rigorous guidelines of the blues. This is reflected in the number of times he has left blues-based bands in order to pursue more personal musical goals. In its first 12 years, Roomful Of Blues extended its gig sheet beyond Boston and Rhode Island and down the east coast to New York and Washington. After signing with Island Records and recording two albums, Robillard left the band in 1979 to form the Pleasure Kings with Thomas Enright and Tom DeQuattro. He also worked with Robert Gordon and the Legendary Blues Band. In 1990, he replaced Jimmie Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds, which at the time featured two ex-Roomful Of Blues musicians, Preston Hubbard and Fran Christina. In 1992, Robillard left the Fabulous Thunderbirds to once again form a new...
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