Robin Sylvester, born in London, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is best known for his work with Bob Weir & RatDog. Although primarily a bass player, he plays several instruments, including guitar and keyboards, and has also done extensive arranging.
He began his professional music career with the a capella London Boy Singers chorus in the 1950s, and worked as a sound engineer in 1960s and 1970s in all the great studios in London, including Abbey Road. Inspired by Paul McCartney to play bass, he also used early synthesizers while playing with and producing Byzantium in 1971.
While touring with Dana Gillespie, he moved to the US in 1974. Clive Davis signed his folk rock band The Movies to Arista Records, which played in NY and LA in the late 70s. As a session musician, he worked alongside Steve Douglas, backing The Beach Boys and Ry Cooder. He also played in live acts led by Marty Balin, Mary Wells, The Shirelles, The Coasters, The Drifters, Billy Preston, Christine McVie, Steve Seskin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Freddy Fender, Del Shannon and Vince Welnick’s Missing Man Formation.
In 2003, he joined Bob Weir & RatDog and also plays occasionally with jambands Ghosts of Electricity, Melvin Seals & JGB, David Nelson & Friends, Jemimah Puddleduck and The Rubber Souldiers.
Robin has been hospitalized for several months, and is now awaiting a kidney transplant. Funds will be used to offset his medical bills, cost of a transplant and vital living expenses.
Thank you from Robin, his family, friends and Sweet Relief.