FALLBROOK, Calif. – Scores of people were expected to pack a candlelight vigil for Larry Robinson, a Fallbrook musician who was slain during a robbery at the Temecula guitar shop where he worked, friends and colleagues said.
The vigil was scheduled for 8 p.m. at Pete’s Music & Guitar Shop at 28780 Old Town Front Street, where Robinson worked as a part-time employee for seven or eight years.
Robinson, 64, was found Friday night badly beaten, tied up and unconscious inside Pete’s Music & Guitar Shop in Old Town Temecula, and he died the next day from his injuries. Riverside County Sheriff’s detectives were investigating it as a murder-robbery and have made no arrests.
“A customer found Robinson behind an amplifier in one of the aisles,” store owner Pete Surowski said.
Gary Holmes has been friends with him for 30 years and said he was a not a salesman but simply a music lover who wanted to match customers to the right guitar.
A native of Long Beach, Robinson was an affable person who could easily ‘make friends with anybody, said Holmes.
His coworker praised him as a great guitarist and a good listener.
“Larry, as a guitar player, laid down a groove that you could land a 747 on,” said Paul Beach. “I can’t tell you how much I miss him.”
Beach told CNS that he and Robinson had performed Wednesday night at a steak house near their homes in Fallbrook, in San Diego’s North County. Beach lived about a half-mile away from Robinson, and their wives were close, he said.
Robinson had been performing for decades, and was a member of Things to Come, which had played with the Byrds and other acts in 1967. The band was a minor player in the “Summer Of Love” rock scene, and was on the bill at the 1968 Newport Pop Festival in Orange County, along with Steppenwolf, Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead.
The singer and songwriter had written and recorded six albums, including three with The Dorados. His first solo album, “Old California Town,” was released in 2007.