Music industry pioneer Lou Robin dies at 90


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Beloved music industry veteran Lou robin passed away on May 18, 2021 at the age of 90.

Born Louis Bernard Robin on May 29, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, he attended University of Chicago elementary and high school before his family moved to Los Angeles as a teenager. While continuing his studies in economics and accounting at Claremont Men’s College in California, Robin began negotiating and organizing artists like Duke Ellington and Count Basie to come and play concerts on his campus. From there, a career was born.

In 1957, with the help of his friend Allen Tinkley, Robin founded Concerts, Inc. which would later become Artist Consultants Productions. Under Lou’s leadership, the company produced or promoted more than 4,000 concerts around the world over a 52-year period. The company has also produced feature films, touring theater, an off-Broadway show in New York City with Monty Python, and has promoted more than two dozen summer series concerts at the Hollywood Bowl with artists such as Barbra Streisand. , Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Lou has also done shows with Chicago, Queen, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.

In 1969, Artist Consultants began their oldest and most important relationship, promoting concerts with The Johnny Cash Show. In 1973 Robin began a 30-year run of personally managing Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash until their deaths in 2003. He continued to oversee the commercial affairs of the Cash domain, dealing with record labels and licensing. music, until retirement at age. out of 88.

A tribute to Robin has been posted on Cash’s website, saying: “It is with deep sorrow and respect that we mark the passing of music industry legend Lou Robin at the age of 90. Lou had an incredible 30-year career personally managing Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash from 1973 until their deaths in 2003 The friendship and relationship he and his wife, Karen Wilder Robin, had with the entire Cash family were darling. Our hearts go out to his sons, Michael and Steve Robin, and their families.

Robin has been a member of the International Entertainment Buyers Association since its inception and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. He was a long-time resident of Pacific Palisades and most recently in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Where he resided with his wife Karen. . until his death in 2019. Robin is survived by his sons Michael and Steve Robin, their wives Amy and Jenjer and his granddaughters Mackenzie & Skylar and Karleigh & Savannah.

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