It was the mid 60s and in the minds of many, it was the beginning of the most exciting time in music history. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and many other bands were turning people on to a new sound. This new sound consisted of a hot mixture of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and soul music. This sound was also alive and well in South Boston Virginia, with Robyn and the Hoods performing weekly at the Hupps Mill Bowling Alley as well as in the Danville area with weekly performances at the Skylark.
It all started with Robyn Robbins, Hugh Vaughan, Chris King, and Frank Wayne Crews. The next member to join the band was Doug Matze who started out playing bass guitar but switched to keyboards after Carl Meadows joined the band as the bass player. They also added Bob March on vocals, Martin Jones on trumpet and Charlie Adams on saxophone. It was not long after this that Crews left the band.
The band rehearsed in the basement, living room, and carport of various band members. In 1966 the band landed a weekly gig at the local bowling alley in South Boston; the gig continued for a year and a half and also provided them a permanent place to practice. In addition to playing at the local bowling alley each Friday night, the band also played a weekly show at the Skylark in the Danville area. The Hoods also had the opportunity to travel outside of the state to play in Sparta North Carolina and in Georga.
The war in Vietnam was raging and the band lost three members to the draft in 1968. Robbins, Matze, and Meadows were all drafted in the United States Armed Services. When their tour of duty was over, they all continued to play but in different bands. King and Robbins went to Colorado and Robbins later played in numerous touring bands, including the Delbert McClinton band. King continued to play in various bands.
Vaughan moved away and began playing with various musicians down south; in addition to playing with various touring acts, he toured with Tall Dogs and continues working today in Atlanta as a professional musician.
Meadows went to New York and worked in production lighting with various acts including David Bowie. Meadows also played with the band Uncle Buck. Jones joined the Virginia Symphony and in 1971 he contacted Matze and asked him to join him to play organ with Janis Martin and the Kendals. Adams went to Greensboro and began performing with a gospel group. March went to St Louis where he worked as a vocalist.
While they all continued to stay in touch with each other, they never played together as a group again until 1988 when the South Boston Jaycees helped organized a reunion show that was held at the America Legion in South Boston, Virginia. It was a great show and a sell out. The members parted ways after the reunion and while they have stayed in touch and continued to play music, they didn't re-form again to play as Robyn and the Hoods until coming together to play the 2008 reunion concert at Berry Hill Estates in South Boston. In addtion to the original members, this time the reunion show included a horn section and backup singers.
Martin Jones, trumpet player for the Hoods, passed away not long before the reunion and the surviving members dedicated the show to their friend and former band mate.
Filmed by: Aimee, Alex and Ian Robbins
Edited by: Aimee Robbins