Earl Robinson

Earl Hawley Robinson (July 2, 1910 – July 20, 1991) was a composer, arranger and folk music singer-songwriter from Seattle, Washington. Robinson is remembered for his music, including the cantata "Ballad for Americans" and songs such as "Joe Hill" and "Black and White", which expressed his left-leaning political views. He wrote many popular songs and music for Hollywood films. He was a member of the Communist Party from the 1930s to the 1950s.

The jazz clarinetist Perry Robinson (1938–2018) was his son.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 2nd, 1910 (Seattle), Died July 20th, 1991 (Seattle)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1944

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, narrator, choral director, arranger

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-047035 10-in. 2/9/1940 Ballad for Americans American People's Chorus ; Paul Robeson ; Victor Symphony Orchestra Bass vocal solo and mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra composer, choral director  
Victor BS-047036 10-in. 2/9/1940 Ballad for Americans American People's Chorus ; Paul Robeson ; Victor Symphony Orchestra Bass vocal solo and mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra composer, choral director  
Victor BS-047037 10-in. 2/9/1940 Ballad for Americans American People's Chorus ; Paul Robeson ; Victor Symphony Orchestra Bass vocal solo and mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra composer, choral director  
Victor BS-047038 10-in. 2/9/1940 Ballad for Americans American People's Chorus ; Paul Robeson ; Victor Symphony Orchestra Bass vocal solo and mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra choral director, composer  
Decca 71967 4/10/1944 The lonesome train: Part 3 Burl Ives composer, narrator  
Decca 71968 4/10/1944 The lonesome train: Part 6 Burl Ives composer, narrator  
Decca 71969 4/10/1944 The lonesome train: Part 1 Burl Ives composer, narrator  
Decca 71970 4/10/1944 The lonesome train: Part 2 Burl Ives composer, narrator  
Decca 71971 4/10/1944 The lonesome train: Part 4 Burl Ives composer, narrator  
Decca 71972 4/10/1944 The lonesome train: Part 5 Burl Ives composer, narrator  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Robinson, Earl," accessed August 5, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104447.

Robinson, Earl. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104447.

"Robinson, Earl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 5 August 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104447

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