Robinson was born in Brenham, Texas, United States. He learned to play guitar at nine years-old; supposedly Robinson was mentored by gospel blues singer-guitarist Blind Willie Johnson in the bottleneck style. Later in his career, he was introduced to the steel guitar by Western swingmusician Leon McAuliffe, and became a noted fiddle player, who instructed Sugarcane Harris. His brother, harmonica player A. C. Robinson, collaborated with L.C. Robinson in Texas in the 1930s, and later the two performed and recorded together in a band in California in the 1940s.
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