Here’s the slideshow from the Robert Brookins Memorial Celebration. Press the play button to look at photos. When slide show plays, click on the flickr logo in the top left corner to go to flickr and download individual images.
Click here to download a copy of the program that I scanned and uploaded from the celebration.
The celebration was beautiful. It was held in the stadium of Grant High School – where Robert attended. The music and words spoken were powerful and emotional. Comments were made by longtime friend Gordon Jones, Derek “DOA” Allen, Verdine White, Philip Bailey, and John Paris of Earth, Wind & FIre. Music producer Jay King led the audience gathered in a loud thunderous round of applause for the the fallen singer and musical prodigy.
Long-time writing partner Tony Haynes waxed poetic on his experience collaborating with Robert. Most moving was Robert’s brother Michael who was the other half of Robert’s group AfterBach that was signed to Maurice White’s label ARC in the early ’80s. Enjoy the photos and share the memories!
Sacramento music giant and mega-talent Robert Brookins passed away last week in Sacramento. I counted Robert as a colleague and a mentor and his passing is a great loss to his friends and family, the community of Sacramento and to the music business in general.
Robert’s credits included work with Earth Wind & Fire, George Duke, The Stanley Clarke Band, The Clark/Duke Project, Stephanie Mills, Ramsey Lewis, Jeffrey Osborne and many other top artists in the business.
On a more personal note, Robert was a stellar musician who was always positive and encouraging, and a lot of fun to be around. I had been a fan of Robert’s since I was in junior high, and when I finally met him – when “Our Lives” was in heavy rotation in Los Angeles in the late ’80s – he was super cool – letting us roll around LA with him all V.I.P. style. LOL!
I met one of my best friends and another musical mentor Brian Alexander Morgan, through Rob in 1988 and I will never forget finally getting the opportunity to sing with Robert 6 years ago at the 40th Anniversary Observer Gala. He worked up a great arrangement of my song “Hold On” and we sang “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us” as the closing number for the gala.
Here’s a video of Rob performing a single off his solo album “Our Lives”. This was the jam! Rest In Peace Robeezi!