Born near Gallia, Robby Robinson entered the music business playing banjo with Toby Stroud and the Blue Mountain Boys at WWVA in Wheeling, West Virginia. In 1958, he moved to Columbus to play with Sid Campbell and the Dixie Gentlemen. He was also an accomplished mandolin player, filling in for Earl Taylor at the Ken-Mill in Cincinnati for several months with Benny Birchfield and others. In 1960, he moved to Washington, D.C., and played with Tom Morgan and, later, Red Allen and the Kentuckians. In 1966, when Sid Campbell reorganized the Dixie Gentlemen, Robby rejoined on mandolin, with Chuck Cordle on bass, and John Hickman on banjo. He was also an instrument repairman. In 1967, Robby and Chuck Cordle were killed in a plane crash in West Virginia.

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