the death of larry robinson...tragedy in temecula

Saturday night, and as I thought to check the computer one more time before I hit the mattress, there was a message from my son. "Did you see this?" he asked, and posted a link from the San Diego Union Tribune. And as I read the article I began to feel the tears roll down my cheeks. Larry Robinson, a gentle, kind and wonderful man who worked for years at my old local music shop and was a gifted guitarist, singer and songwriter...had been beaten to death at the store in an apparent robbery on Friday night. 

I'm just going to post this story below here in a sec, but I just want to say that there was not a nicer man you could possibly meet. Married with four children, and (as it says below) a local fixture for years at many of the area's venues, Larry was the go-to man for all things related to my instruments and to all the other musicians throughout the Temecula Valley. About forty-five minutes north of San Diego in California, over a quarter million people live there and Pete's Music is the last of the great old indie music stores, where you not only could find your band equipment when you were just starting out in elementary school, but that first guitar, drums, keyboards or bass. Lessons in the backroom, repairs up front and you could easily spend hours just sitting and pickin', as I often did over the years.  I can't tell you how I treasured those wonderful conversations with Larry about life and music. 

I found this video on You Tube....Larry doing what he loved to do. Give it a listen before you read this truly sick and sad story. 

Fallbrook musician slain in apparent robbery

By J. Harry Jones11:13 A.M.MARCH 23, 2013Updated5:12 P.M.TEMECULA 

A Fallbrook singer and songwriter known for his Americana music died Saturday, several hours after being found beaten and bound inside the Temecula music store where he worked, authorities said.

Edward “Larry” Robinson, 64, was found unconscious, badly beaten and tied up inside Pete’s Music & Guitar Shop on Old Town Front Street about 7:30 p.m. Friday. He died Saturday morning at a hospital from injuries suffered in the attack, said Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Myling Bordeau.

No arrests have been made, Bordeau said, and no information was released about the apparent robbery. Homicide detectives were at the store all night.

The victim was found after the shop’s owner called and said he had been unable to reach his employee by phone, Bordeau said.

Robinson has been a fixture in the local music scene for decades and released his most recent album last year.

Friend and former partner Gary Shiebler, who was in a band call The Dorados with Robinson for several years in the late 1990s, was stunned when he heard about the death.“He was a good friend. I’m in shock,” Shiebler said. “He was an institution in Fallbrook. He was a guitarist and very fine songwriter.”

Sven-Erik Seaholm, who has performed with Robinson many times and produced his most recent album, likewise was saddened. “For his life to end violently is beyond comprehension,” Seaholm said. “He was so gentle, he was one of those guys who led his life like the example you would want to follow.”

Robinson has for years performed at “open mic” functions in Fallbrook, Seaholm said.

“He played a lot of blues and country, rock — pretty diverse. Maybe some would call it a roots-oriented approach. When you say the word Americana, Larry Robinson was definitely Americana in the sense he took all those diverse traditional musics and distilled them with great songwriting and just a really great rendering of it.

“He was a very homespun, grounded, balanced individual. His music was comfort food for the soul.”

Pete’s Music & Guitar Shop is one of a chain of independent, family owned and operated music stores in Southern California, according to its website. The stores buy, sell, repair and trade musical instruments and offer lessons.

According to an article published last year in the San Diego Troubadour, a local music blog, Robinson was a member of Things to Come, a band that played Los Angeles’ Whiskey A Go-Go club in 1967 with the Byrds. He recorded several discs for The Dorados, a band whose songs mainly celebrated fishing, and he was a club mainstay in the North County with a solo CD, “Old California Town,” released in 2005.

Last year he released “Cadillac and Trailer,” a mix of nine original songs and one cover, the article said. Seaholm said Robinson was mostly a solo artist but would get together with local musicians often to record and perform.

He was married and had four children, according to an online biography. His wife, Patricia, was too distraught to speak to a reporter Saturday afternoon, a family friend said.

This is a performance at the local Barnes and Noble with his son Evan from 2008.

Larry in peace my brother.

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Tags: Easy Ed, Fallbrook, Larry Robinson, Pete's Music Store, Temecula

Comment by Derek on March 24, 2013 at 7:52am

Condolences to the family and friends.  

Comment by Terry Roland on March 24, 2013 at 8:53am

Ed, Sorry to hear this. If we're all connected in this too often bizzare tree of life, then one tragedy like this is felt by us all. Senseless violence like this seems like such an intense tragedy when it falls on one of our kindred souls in song.  I pray today for you, for Larry, his family, friends and for us all..there's no understanding it. but we can accept the love he has left with well, Ed

Comment by Brendan Cooke on March 24, 2013 at 8:58am

That is so very sad....hope they catch whoever did this. Condolences to all his family and friends.

Comment by Kevernacular (Kevin Lynch) on March 24, 2013 at 9:36am

Ed, Really sorry for your loss and music world's loss. It proves once again that our music world is sustained by countless deeply-rooted talents of various degrees of wonderfulness. They may be relatively anonymous but those who get to know them know their value, a microcosm of what we all value.

In death, more people get to know Larry, a bittersweet comfort. That's why I thank you for sharing.  


Comment by Steve Ford on March 24, 2013 at 2:51pm

Ed, I read this last night and didn't know what to say. Kevin has summed it up perfectly. I'm just so sad this happened, for Larry, and for his family and friends.

Comment by Easy Ed on March 24, 2013 at 3:06pm
I'm still feeling numb and I know the community is mourning this loss. Tonight there is a candlelight vigil at the store. My heart goes out to his wife and children who not only suffer this loss, but know the pain he must have experienced in his final hours. A friend shared this "Ode to Larry Robinson" he found on the web.

Don’t know if you heard
but Larry Robinson
he of the great rock ‘n’ blues band
open mic host at the old Packing House
we went to hear when your father died

Don’t know if you heard

He was beaten last night
a robbery at the music store
left bound and bloodied
beaten to death
suspect still at large

Don’t know if you heard

No, no I didn’t hear that
Oh my god
Sometimes I just hate people
Oh no, oh no, oh no,
He played for our wedding

Don’t know if you heard

Perhaps his music
filled the store
wrapping around him
holding him as he waited
to be found

Don’t know if you heard.

With sorrow and love,
Comment by Easy Ed on March 25, 2013 at 9:52am

For those interested in donating some money to Larry's family to help cover the costs of the funeral, here is a link that will allow you to do it. 

Funny how your memory works...a couple hours ago I was trying to recall when I last saw Larry, and it was the week before I moved to NY. He sold me his old guitar case, covered with some stickers and such from over the years. I just checked and there it is, in my closet and keeping me company. Who would have thought that this would become a beloved and treasured memory from my friend? 

Comment by Cathe Jones on March 26, 2013 at 10:33am

Deeply sorry to read this, it's heart breaking.... I wish only the best for his family and wish only the worst for those who did this to all of them.


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