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Wolverhampton-born guitarist Robin George, known for collaboration with Robert Plant, dies aged 68

Wolverhampton-born rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Robin George has died at the age of 68 in Malaga, Spain.

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Robin George, born Robin Sidebotham, was originally from Goldthorn Park.

His 1985 song Heartline, from his debut album Dangerous Music, reached 68 in the UK singles chart and also made the US charts.

He was twice touted as a replacement for guitarist Andy Taylor in Duran Duran.

The news of his death was shared on his official website, confirming that he died on April 26.

In a post to both the website and George’s Facebook page, his family wrote: “On Friday 26th April 2024 at 11.45 our beautiful Robin left this world and flew away to the next life where we hope he’s partying with the family, friends and musicians he loved and lost over the years.

“Robin had been fighting a long illness but by Christmas, it became obvious that he was not long for this world. He was devastated when he was no longer able to play his beloved guitars but he continued to write songs, do interviews, make videos and tell his story here on Facebook and through his biography.

“He desperately wanted his music to live on because music was in his heart and soul. Robin leaves behind his adored wife, four beloved children, two beautiful sisters, nine lovely grandchildren, many dear friends and the animal family that he rescued over the years.

"We are devastated because there will never be another Robin George. LovePower with you always. You're with your angels now."

Robin George

Throughout his career, the guitarist collaborated with numerous artists and bands across different genres. He worked with bands like Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin, and The Police. He also co-wrote and produced with musicians such as Glenn Hughes (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple) and Brian May (Queen).

George was known for his innovative approach to music, blending various genres and pushing boundaries, and came to prominence as a solo musician in the 1980s after the release of his debut album, Dangerous Music. The album contained his biggest solo hit to date, Heartline, which peaked at #68 in the UK Singles Chart and #92 in the US Hot 100.

His passion for philanthropy also made him a popular figure with many who might not have enjoyed his music. He was involved in several notable projects, including producing and playing guitar on the LovePower and Peace sharing project, which featured over 60 artists from various music genres.

His first album was getting rave reviews when the record label went bust and his hopes of having a bigger hit along with it.

Another blow was when he built his dream recording studio in the country, only for thieves to steal all the equipment one Christmas Eve.

He produced records for Stourbridge band Diamond Head, Witchfinder General, Marshall Law and Wrathchild.

George started playing guitar at the age of eight with a plastic Beatles guitar and went on to form bands including three-piece Life, who were regulars at the old Club Lafayette in Wolverhampton.

The band split up after excessive stage lighting set the drums on fire.

Robert Plant included Robin’s song Red For Danger on his Now and Zen album in 1988.