Obituary

Larry Robins, Music Manager and Producer, Dies at 75

Larry Robins
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Larry Robins

He helped guide the careers of Natalie Cole, Bill Medley and George Wallace and worked on the upcoming Netflix series "Sex/Life."

Larry Robins, who managed such acts as Natalie Cole, Peter, Paul and Mary and George Wallace and served as a producer on a Netflix series due this year, has died. He was 75.

Robins died Jan. 23 in Los Angeles after a battle with multiple myeloma, nephew and producer J. Miles Dale, an Oscar winner on Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water (2017), said.

Robins, who had a 50-year career in show business, came to Los Angeles from Toronto in 1969, and one of his first gigs was in production on CBS' The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. He also managed other musical acts like Delaney & Bonnie and Bill Medley; actors Cree Summer and Tamara Taylor; and voice-over artists from such kids shows as Animaniacs, Rugrats and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Robins recently helped set up the 2021 Netflix series Sex/Life with Dale. Created by Stacy Rukeyser, the show centers on a suburban mother who, according to the streamer, "takes a fantasy-charged trip down memory lane that sets her very married present on a collision course with her wild-child past."

For the past 35 years, Robins held court from 6:30 a.m.-8 a.m. at a table at the Farmers Market on Fairfax Avenue. A plaque dedicated to his memory will be placed at his table with the words, "If you have the power to do something to improve someone's life, you do it."

He also enjoyed his pastry and coffee as a regular at République on La Brea.

"Larry was truly a man who led by example," Walter and Marge Manzke of République said in a statement. "He was always full of stories, jokes and life lessons that he was eager to share with anyone and everyone. He had the special gift of forming meaningful relationships with everyone he met."

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Catherine Scott.

This story was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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