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Robbin Thompson dead: Singer-songwriter and Bruce Springsteen bandmate was 66

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Robbin Thompson, the singer-songwriter who served as lead singer for Bruce Springsteen’s early band Steel Mill and one the singers behind Virginia’s unofficial state song, has died, EW confirmed Saturday. He was 66.

Thompson’s musical career spanned more than 40 years, and included stunts with the Tasmanians and Mercy Flight before teaming up with the Boss in Steel Mill, according to his official website. He also recorded songs with Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles and performed on stage with the likes of Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, and Crosby, Stills, & Nash.

He released his first solo album in 1976. Two years later, he and Steve Bassett released the album “Together,” which includes the song “Sweet Virginia Breeze.” Earlier this year, the track was named Virgina’s “official popular state song.”

Thompson also released a number of other albums over the years, the last of which was 2013’s A Real Fine Day.

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