Robbie Dupree

Robbie Dupree is a pop/rock singer and songwriter whose smooth but gently soulful vocal style helped earn him a pair of hit singles in the early '80s. Robbie Dupree was born Robert Dupuis in Brooklyn, New York on December 23, 1946. Robbie's first experience in music came from singing in neighborhood doo wop groups, and he was influenced by classic soul artists such as Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye. In the early '70s, Dupree was singing with the group New World Rising, whose guitarist, Nile Rodgers, would go on to a successful career as a producer, songwriter, and leader of the band Chic. Dupree relocated to Woodstock, New York and spent much of the '70s doing live work with a variety of bands, touring regularly and polishing his sound, as well as honing his songwriting chops. In 1978, Dupree relocated to Los Angeles and reinvented himself as a solo act. Dupree landed a contract with Elektra Records, and with the help of Rick Chudacoff and Peter Bunetta, who produced his first solo set, Robbie made a polished but catchy album that revealed the influence of soft rock hitmakers the Doobie Brothers. The self-titled album, released in 1980, would spawn two major hit singles, "Steal Away," which rose to number six on the Top Singles chart, and "Hot Rod Hearts," which peaked at 15. Dupree's second LP, Street Corner Heroes, followed in 1981, and featured a minor hit, "Brooklyn Girls," which topped out at number 54 on the Top Singles survey.