born in 1945 in New York City, NY, United States
died on 24/12/1992 in Los Angeles, CA, United States
Robert Jay "Bobby" LaKind (November 3, 1945 December 24, 1992) was a conga player, vocalist, songwriter and occasional live backup drummer with The Doobie Brothers. He was originally a lighting roadie for the band. After observing LaKind goofing around on the congas after a concert, the band took notice of his talent and asked him to join as a sideman for studio sessions.
He sessioned with the band from 1976 and joined them onstage as well. He was finally invited to join the band as a full member three years before their 1982 dissolution, though he was not credited as such on record until the Farewell Tour album in 1983. When the band reformed in 1988, he rejoined and was featured on the album Cycles, but prior to recording the follow-up, he was forced into retirement by terminal cancer.
His former Doobie colleagues from the various line-ups played two concerts to benefit a trust for LaKind's children in 1992. He died from colon cancer on Christmas Eve that year. LaKind was from Teaneck, New Jersey and graduated from Teaneck High School, Class of 1963. He attended the University of Kentucky and was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, the Animal House of UK fraternities during the 60s. Also a member of Sigma Nu fraternity during this time was basketball player and future coach, Pat Riley.
- Bobby LaKind, 47, Of Doobie Brothers, 25 December 1992.
- Hochman, Steve, For the Doobies, a Sad Reunion, 16 October 1992.
- Talevski, Nick (2010). Rock Obituaries - Knocking On Heaven's Door, Omnibus Press.
|The Doobie Brothers|
Michael Hossack · Tom Johnston · John McFee · Patrick Simmons|
Michael McDonald · Tiran Porter · Dave Shogren · Willie Weeks · Chet McCracken · Bobby LaKind · Keith Knudsen · John Hartman · Cornelius Bumpus · Jeff "Skunk" Baxter
Guy Allison · Marc Russo · Skylark · Ed Toth
Richard Bryant · Bernie Chiaravalle · John Cowan · Jimi Fox · M. B. Gordy · Danny Hull · Dale Ockerman · Bill Payne
|Studio albums||The Doobie Brothers · Toulouse Street · The Captain and Me · What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits · Stampede · Takin' It to the Streets · Livin' on the Fault Line · Minute by Minute · One Step Closer · Cycles · Brotherhood · Sibling Rivalry · On Our Way Up|
|Live albums||Farewell Tour · Rockin' down the Highway: The Wildlife Concert · Best of the Doobie Brothers Live · Live at Wolf Trap|
|Compilations||Best of The Doobies · Best of The Doobies, Vol. 2 · Listen to the Music: The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers · Long Train Runnin': 1970-2000 · Greatest Hits · Doobie's Choice · Divided Highway · The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers|
|Singles||"Jesus Is Just Alright" · "Long Train Runnin'" · "China Grove" · "Black Water" · "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" · "What a Fool Believes"|