RIP Gil Robbins of The Highwaymen

(Gibson) Gil Robbins, who sang with the 1960s folk group The Highwaymen, died on Tuesday at the age of 80. Robbins had been battling prostate cancer.

His son, actor Tim Robbins, said in a statement, "His passing has created great sadness for all of us and our mother, but we take comfort in knowing that the angels will soon be soothed by the songs coming from his beautiful baritone voice."

The Highwaymen (not to be confused with the later country supergroup) were formed on the campus of Weslyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Robbins joined the group in 1962, after they had topped the charts the previous year with the single, "Michael." Robbins recorded five albums with the band before they broke up in 1964. more on this story

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