b. Robert Kohlmeyer, Germany. Kohlmeyer took an interest in music from a very early age, performing as a singer at the age of six and two years later on trumpet. The following year he tried acoustic and electric guitars and, while still only a 12-year-old schoolboy, he formed his first band, the Bunnies. In 1979, he formed a professional band, Speed Limit, which stayed together for five years, making two albums and several singles along the way. In 1982, he opened his own recording studios, building a secure and lasting reputation in the music business for high quality productions. In 1986, he was singing and playing guitar with melodic rock act JoJo, and he also established his own band Roko as a name to be reckoned with. The line-up on 1990’s self-titled debut comprised Kohlmeyer (guitar, vocals), Ricky Lee (drums), André Pasquier (bass), Marc Bugnard (lead guitar), and Jürgen Beitel (keyboards). Open Invitation and Think About Tomorrow were recorded without Beitel, while 1997’s Fantasy was essentially a Kohlmeyer solo release. Many of the songs performed by Kohlmeyer are his own compositions and his albums have been very well received, particularly in Germany.
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