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Robert DeBlanc

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Thai Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cancun, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
A Bought Lesson Is A Taught Lesson.

Birthplace

Born:
9/21/1954
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Thai Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cancun, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
A Bought Lesson Is A Taught Lesson.

Birthplace

Born:
9/21/1954
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Singer Robert Michael DeBlanc was born on September 21, 1954, in Los Angeles, California. He was born to a family of both Creole and African American heritage. DeBlanc first became interested in music while participating in an eighth grade chorus group. In 1972, DeBlanc graduated from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, California. Afterwards, he enrolled at California State University-Los Angeles to pursue a degree in marketing. In the 1970s, DeBlanc was a regular guest at Mavericks Flat, a local music venue, where he was first noticed by music industry elites. He also worked full-time at McDonnell Douglas as an aircraft painter.

DeBlanc got his break in the music industry in 1976, when he auditioned as a background singer for Marvin Gaye. He and four other vocalists were chosen out of a hundred people, and he found himself on tour with one of the most popular artists in the world at that time. He performed with the group for two years, but left for personal reasons. DeBlanc joined other show bands and toured the world for several years. After touring the world, he decided to make Australia his home. In 1991, DeBlanc married his wife, Cheryl Ann, an Australian jazz singer, and they performed as a duo for several years all over Australia. They moved to the United States in the late 1990s and have been living in Las Vegas, Nevada, ever since. DeBlanc teaches and performs in Las Vegas as well as traveling with various established vocal groups. Since 2009, he has been singing with Little Anthony & The Imperials, a vocal group which has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Robert Michael DeBlanc was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 1, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert DeBlanc lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert DeBlanc describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert DeBlanc describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert DeBlanc remembers his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert DeBlanc recalls his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert DeBlanc remembers his neighborhood in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert DeBlanc describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert DeBlanc recalls his elementary schools in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robert DeBlanc remembers Audubon Junior High School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Robert DeBlanc recalls his early aspirations and interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Robert DeBlanc recalls seeing Jimi Hendrix perform at the Los Angeles Forum
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert DeBlanc recalls his early music preferences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert DeBlanc remembers working for McDonnell Douglas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert DeBlanc recalls the Maverick's Flat nightclub in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert DeBlanc remembers the audiences at Maverick's Flat
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert DeBlanc recalls the start of his professional singing career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert DeBlanc remembers auditioning for Marvin Gaye
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert DeBlanc recalls being selected to sing backup for Marvin Gaye
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert DeBlanc remembers working for Marvin Gaye
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robert DeBlanc describes his performances with Marvin Gaye
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Robert DeBlanc remembers touring with Marvin Gaye
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert DeBlanc recalls touring internationally with the group Beverly Hills
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert DeBlanc recalls his experiences as a performer in Europe
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert DeBlanc recalls the response to the group Beverly Hills
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert DeBlanc recalls Motown's transition to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert DeBlanc remembers touring with Howard Hewett
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert DeBlanc remembers touring with the 'Gwen Brisco Show'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert DeBlanc recalls his aspiration to live in Australia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert DeBlanc describes his experiences of discrimination in South Africa, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Robert DeBlanc describes his experiences of discrimination in South Africa, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert DeBlanc recalls his interaction with a Boer man in South Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert DeBlanc remembers meeting his wife, Billie Cole
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert DeBlanc recalls performing with his wife in Australia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert DeBlanc remembers moving to Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert DeBlanc recalls his career in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert DeBlanc talks about touring with The Platters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert DeBlanc talks about his relationship with his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Robert DeBlanc describes the importance of history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Robert DeBlanc reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Robert DeBlanc describes his advice for aspiring entertainers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Robert DeBlanc reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Robert DeBlanc describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Robert DeBlanc describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert DeBlanc narrates his photographs