Robert Carl Takac, Jr.
, known as Robby Takac
(born September 30, 1964) is one of the founding members of the Goo Goo Dolls
, along with Johnny Rzeznik
. He is the band's bassist and was formerly the lead singer on the Goo Goo Dolls' earlier albums.
Takac was born in Buffalo, New York
and grew up in the Buffalo suburb of West Seneca
with his parents and younger sister. He graduated from West Seneca East Senior High School
in 1982. He graduated from Medaille College
with a degree in Communications, with an emphasis on Radio Broadcasting. In his college years, he played in several bands and interned and worked at a local Buffalo radio station.
In 2008, Takac was named to the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Medaille College.
Initially, he was part of the rock band Monarch prior to joining the Beaumonts, which broke up in 1985. He met guitarist Johnny Rzeznik
through the Beaumonts and together they found a drummer, George Tutuska
and started the band, the "Sex Maggots", with Takac as the lead singer and bassist. In 1986 they changed their name to the more promotable "Goo Goo Dolls" and after two CDs moved Rzeznik to the majority of lead vocals. In late 1994, Takac and Rzeznik lost their first drummer, George Tutuska. In early 1995, they met Mike Malinin and hired him. In 1995 they received their first commercial success with the single......