Robbie Montgomery


Robbie Montgomery was born in Columbus, Mississippi and moved to St. Louis at the age of two. Robbie has been involved with music all her life, gaining her first experiences as a child singing gospel in church. By the age of 16, she was singing rhythm and blues with the Chorderettes, who soon became the Rhythmettes, acquired a manager, and recorded two Robbie Montgomery compositions for Yvette Records.

It was not long before the Rhythmettes were history. After winning a couple of talent shows, Robbie, along with two other girls, joined Art Lassitter's band as The Ardettes. It was through Art that Robbie met Ike Turner, which led to a recording date singing background on A Fool In Love, Ike & Tina Turner's first hit, which led to the formation of The Ikettes, with whom she worked steadily for over six years. When the Ike Turner orgaization moved to Los Angeles in 1962, Robbie found a tremendous amount of back up work there.

She consequently received an offer to work with Dr. John. As one of Dr. John's Nighttrippers, Robbie performed on the hit Right Time/Wrong Place, and recorded three albums. During this time, Robbie worked quite frequently in New Orleans, performing at the Mardi Gras and Jazz & Heritage Festivals.

As a much-sought-after background vocalist, Robbie has recorded with Barbara Streisand, Burt Bacharach, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones.

She has performed on stage with Gladys Knight and the Pips, Patti Labelle, the Marvelettes, Jerry Butler, the Staples Singers, the O'Jays, James Brown, Bobby Bland, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, B.B. King, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Nancy Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart and Jose Feliciano, and others too numerous to mention.

Since returning to St. Louis in 1985 Robbie has been on several European festival tours, was appointed a St. Louis Goodwill Musical Ambassador, and most recently has received an award from the Missouri Historical Society for her contributions to American rhythm and blues music.

Now fronting her own group, Robbie brings to her music the knowledge, experience, and historical impact of one who has been on the forefront of rhythm and blues music since it first became the popular art form it is today.


Robbie Montgomery performs frequently at the Broadway Oyster Bar and the Venice Cafe and is working on a new CD.