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The Highwaymen were a circa 1960 "collegiate folk" group, which originated at Wesleyan University and had a Billboard number-one hit in 1961 with "Michael" and another top-20 hit in 1962 with "Cottonfields". The original members were David Fisher, Steve Trott, Chan Daniels, Steve Butts and Bob Burnett. Later members were Gil Robbins (father of actor Tim Robbins) and classical guitarist, Johann Helton. Today, all but Daniels are still alive and the four surviving original members continue to play reunion gigs. Ten albums have been recorded to date.

In 1964, with David Fisher as musical director, The Highwaymen continued for another three years with Renny Temple, Roy Connors, Mose Henry and Allan Shaw. They recorded two albums and performed countless concert dates and television shows. Renny Temple, Roy Connors and Mose Henry were already a popular Florida folk group called The Vikings Three. Their act and music was the basis for The Highwaymen's new act.

Steve Trott later attended Harvard Law School and became a prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. Later, he served in the United States Department of Justice during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan and was appointed a judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1987.

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