August 14, 2013 | 1 comment | 369 views
Schlosser: singer, songwriter, ‘63 ‘Rock’ grad
As a student, Arthur Schlosser played piano and saxophone and sang in the chorus at East Rockaway High School. At Cornell University, he majored in Chemistry, briefly played saxophone in the marching band and concert band but then joined the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and chamber orchestra, where he played bassoon.
He graduated from medical school in June 1972 and started my Pediatric internship at Oakland Kaiser Hospital that July. In 1975 he married Charlotte Dobbins in Berkeley California and soon adopted her maiden name as his stage name, Dean Dobbins.
After performing solo, then as a duo, then as a trio, he organized the Dean Dobbins Band in 1984, active in Los Angeles’s country music circuit for about 10 years. They opened for Tammy Wynette in Newport Beach, Rick Nelson at Big Bear, Johnny Lee at The Palomino and The Kendalls at The Mule Lip Saloon in Colton. The band was voted 1990 California Country Music Association Band Of The Year and Dobbins received several CCMA awards including Song of the Year (“One, Two, Three”), Songwriter of the Year (“Writers and Pickers”) and Male Vocalist of the Year.
In June 2012, Arthur and Charlotte and I drove cross-country with their dogs to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where they are enjoying their retirement.