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Robin Le Mesurier
Welcome to his world
Born and raised in the ‘50’s, in London - England, to parents, John Le Mesurier and Hattie Jacques, in the film and TV industry who (for about five minutes) tried to discourage him from having anything to do with the music business or its peripheries. But thankfully were totally supportive when they realized it was a complete waste of time.
During the late sixties, he fell for “the blues” and spent much of his time learning the craft of players like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck.
At the of sixteen, he left school, discovered New York and signed his first recording contract with the EMI subsidiary Regal Zonophone. The group was called "Reign" and the first album two tracks was written by Keith Relf and Jim McCarty of the Yardbirds :
1970 - Line of Least Resistance / Natural lovin' man
It will remain there until 1973. It will become a “Womble” and will take part in the recording of 4 albums:
1973 - Wombling songs 1974 - Remember you're a womble
1974 - Keep on wombling 1975 - Superwombling
Robin Le Mesurier worked a lot as a session guitarist in England and also in various bands playing up and down the country.
In 1976, he signed a publishing agreement with the Billy Gaff/Rod Stewart Compagny, Riva Records, during which time, he co-wrote the music for a spoken word record, "The Velveteen Rabbit", narrated by his father, John Le Mesurier.
In 1977, he found himself playing guitar for "Air Supply", on his, and their first tour of the U.S., opening up for Rod Stewart.
Afterwhich, he was asked to join "Lion", an English band on A&M records living in California.
"Lion" later became "The Difference", who gained quite a following in Southern California ‘till he was asked to join the Rod Stewart group in 1980. There he stayed for seven years, touring and recording.
From ‘87 to ‘94, he was a sought after session player in L.A. and also a staff writer at Sony Music.
In 1994, he was approached by Rolling Stones producer, Chris Kimsey and was asked to write for French icon Johnny Hallyday, and then went a record Hallyday’s first album sung in English.
When that record was finished, Robin Le Mesurier became Hallyday’s music director and writes, records and tours with him ‘till the present.
In 1995, it forms, with Bernie Taupin and Jim Cregan the group “Farm Dogs”; they record two albums :
1996 - Last stand in open country
1998 - Immigrant sons
April 2001, Robin Le Mesurier produced an album at Ocean Way Studios L.A. for a Swiss client. Players include : Reggie Hamilton - bass, Tony Brock - drums, Tom Canning - piano, and The vine St Horns.
He is still working with Johnny Hallyday, and in 2004 was back again with Rod Stewart of the U.S.-Canada summer tour.
During that tour, Rod’s daughter, Ruby, sang with the band on almost show and now, Ruby and Robin are writing together for her own project.
02 June 2006 to March 3, 2007, Robin accompanied Johnny Hallyday on the FlashBack Tour and was back to his side to Tour66 which began May 8, 2009 in Saint Etienne.
On November 26, 2010, Robin joined the group "Apart From Rod".
"Apart From Rod" is a celebration of music by Rod Stewart. Has original guitarists Jim Cregan and Gary Grainer, these two accomplices have decided to go back on stage.
On March 24, 2012 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, Robin joined Johnny Hallyday to launched world tour "Jamais Seul".
John Lee Hooker
Sonny Boy Williams
Apart From Rod
The London Quireboys
The London Symphony Orchestra