Robbins was born Edward W. Robbins Jr. By the time he was eleven he had collected over 10,000 singles and had decided to be a performer. As a teenager he sang with a group The Mystics, during which time he sent a demo of his voice to A & M Records in Los Angeles. He was signed immediately and released a debut album ‘Rockie Robbins‘ (1979), including ‘I Can Hardly Wait‘, ‘When I Think Of You’ and ‘Be Ever Wonderful’.The following year the title track of ‘You And Me’ was an American R & B hit and established him with UK soul fans.
His next album was ‘I Believe In Love’, including ‘Time To Think’, ‘Give Our Love A Chance‘, ‘Talk To Me’ and ‘An Act Of Love’, produced by Skip Scarbrough and Jerry Peters. It was his last for A & M before he switched to MCA for ‘Rockie Robbins’, including hit tracks ‘I’ve Got Your Number’, “Caught In The Act”, “Work For Love”.Also at MCA he recorded ‘Emergency’ for the soundtrack of the movie ‘Beverly Hills Cop’.
In 1989 he signed to the Respect label in the UK, initially for a single ‘Serious’, later an album ‘Are You Ready’ (1991), including ‘You Hit My Love‘ and ‘I’ll Always Love You’.