Original Member of The
Rainbows, The Roadrunners,
Together In Confidence (TIC)
of Birth: Manning, South Carolina
Robert Blanding first performed while still in high school with a group
known as The Rainbows.
As the story
goesfor their very first engagement they
had no uniforms but every one was to wear a jacket. They all came
with jackets of a
different color so they called themselves the Rainbows.
They toured the south and appeared
at Colleges such as Morris
College and venues in the Columbia and Sumter, SC. area.
arriving in Brooklyn, NY.
Robert formed his first band called The Road
Runners and later the band (TIC)
Together In Confidence.
Like lots of great Singers, Band Leaders and performers had a chance to
work with some of the best
artist around in those days. Opening for a
show with Kool And The Gang. performing with the Manhattans
and the Mad Lads.
From the late 60's Robert Blanding And Gary Gant formed a relationship
where he would visit
the Invitations in concert
when they performed in the New York area and the Invitations did
like wise with (TIC).
However in 1973 the bonds grew even closer when
(TIC) and Gary Gant
of the Invitations work together on
a local promoted show where
Gary Gant was filling in for another artist in a group that was missing
baritone singer. From that point on they kept in touch.
The Invitations had their release on
Silver Blue Records "They
Say The Girls Crazy" at
that time recalls Robert. Better known to his Co-Artist as Bob.
However in the late 70's lead singer
Lew Kirton went solo.