Saturday, January 9, 2010

Robbie Nevil

Robbie Nevil (born Robert S. Nevil on October 2, 1958 in Los Angeles, California) is a pop singer\songwriter\guitarist, and music producer.  He started playing guitar at the age of eleven and played in a few cover bands.

Robbie started performing his own music and signed a publishing deal in 1983. He wrote songs for artists such as the Pointer Sisters, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and El DeBarge.
In 1986, Robbie signed his first record contract with Manhattan Records and released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200 and #32 on Billboard's R&B albums chart.
Robbie's biggest and well-known hit to date, "C'est La Vie" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
His second single, "Dominoes" peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
The final single from the album, "Wot's It To Ya" peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #69 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
In 1988, Robbie released his second album, "Place Like This" which peaked at #118 on the Billboard 200.
The first single from the album, "Back on Holiday" peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #52 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
The follow-up single, "Somebody Like You" didn't fare well, peaking only at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1991, Robbie released his third and last album, "Day 1" which failed to chart at all on the Billboard 200.

The first single from the album, "For Your Mind" flopped, peaking only at #86 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #93 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
The second and last single from the album, "Just Like You" peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his last Top 40 hit song to date.

After Robbie's singing career ended, he turned to writing and producing musicians such as Jessica Simpson, Babyface, and Destiny's Child.

In 2006, he worked with Matthew Gerrard on Smash Mouth's album, "Summer Girl." Robbie also writes music for Disney projects such as "High School Musical" and "Hannah Montana" soundtracks.

To see the music video for "C'est La Vie," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGtf9QfITQw

To see the music video for "Dominoes," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlucGdeT37E

To see the music video for "Wot's It To Ya," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMiotBWtPRw

To see the video for "Just Like You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9HcaajZwx0

To see the video for "Back on Holiday," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP_VyCMuuDQ

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