Robbin Crosby

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Robbin Crosby (August 4, 1959 – June 6, 2002), born Robb Lantz Crosby and nicknamed "King", was a guitarist in the Glam metal band Ratt, earning several platinum albums in the U.S. in the mid-to-late 1980s. HIV positive, he died from AIDS in 2002.


Early life

Crosby was born in La Jolla, California, and had two sisters, Ristin and Bronle. The son of Harry W. Crosby, a schoolteacher and author.

Ratt years 1981 to 1992

Crosby joined Ratt towards the end of 1981 and would end up co-writing many of Ratt's songs including "Round and Round", "Wanted Man" and "Lay it Down". Out of the Cellar went to triple platinum based on Crosby's co-penned "Round and Round".[1]

In the coming years, Crosby eventually bought a home in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, Crosby married Playboy Playmate Laurie Carr in 1987, eventually divorcing in 1991. They had no children.

After Ratt

Crosby eventually left Ratt. Prior to leaving, Crosby worked as a producer for metal band Lillian Axe.

In a June 1999 interview for a Ratt episode of VH1's "Behind the Music" that never aired, Crosby talked about how drug addiction and his HIV status changed his life. "What has drug addiction done for me?" he asked. "It's cost me my career, my fortune, basically my sex life when I found out I was HIV positive.[2]

In 2001, Crosby publicly stated that he had full-blown AIDS and had been HIV positive since 1994. He had also been in and out of the hospital for eight years dealing with back problems and health issues associated with the HIV virus. To occupy his time he became a Little League coach, and also worked on a guitar fan/collector project, which was to create a limited-edition run of Jackson King V "Big Red" replica guitars.

Crosby also attempted various musical projects, first (post-Ratt) re-uniting with San Diego friend and former Warrior/Atomic Playboys vocalist Perry McCarty, Krys Baratto, Dino Guerrero and Mark Lewis as an updated version of Secret Service, a moniker used by McCarty and Crosby previously for their pre-Ratt San Diego band. Later moving to El Paso in 1996, he briefly played with the Country/Western group Bill&Kev&War Party. One of his last projects was with former collaborator and ex-Ratt bassist Juan Croucier (watch him adding a solo to an Air Pavilion track).

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