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Dick Robertson

Dick Robertson (New York City, 3 July 1903 - 1979) was an American popular big band singer and songwriter of the 1930s and 1940s. He sang for many bandleaders such as Leo Reisman and Roger Wolfe Kahn and His Orchestra, and was on the artist roster at Banner Records. In fact, he was one of the most prolific New York based vocalists (along with Irving Kaufman, Chick Bullock, Scrappy Lambert, Elmer Feldkamp, Paul Small and Smith Ballew) on scores of records from late 1928 through the mid 1930s. A series of records issued on Melotone/Perfect/Banner/Oriole/Romeo, Crown, Bluebird from 1930-1934 were issued under his name or are listed in the 2010 edition of "American Dance Bands on Record and Film (1915-1942)" by Richard J. Johnson and Bernard H. Shirley as being under his nominal leadership. His last recording session as a singer was in 1949. He also used the pseudonym Bob Richardson for some recordings on Mayfair Records.

As a songwriter his biggest hit was "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)" in 1940. The Sinatra version of the song was re-released on The Song Is You (album) and again on Frank Sinatra & the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Jukebox Ella: The Complete Verve Singles, Vol. 1

Birth and Death Data: Born July 3rd, 1903 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, vocalist, songwriter, leader, speaker, lyricist, arranger, composer

Notes: Sometimes billed as "The Radio Jester."

See Also: Donaldson Quartet

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 71 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BRC-70299 10-in. 10/22/1931 Mary and mother Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with clarinet, guitar, and accordion composer, lyricist  
Victor BRC-70300 10-in. 10/22/1931 Up in the mountains Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar songwriter  
Victor BRC-70952 10-in. 11/13/1931 Down on the farm (They all ask for you) Gene Kardos Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72522 10-in. 4/28/1932 Medley of familiar tunes Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble arranger  
Victor BRC-72523 10-in. 4/28/1932 Medley of familiar tunes Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble arranger  
Victor BRC-72553 10-in. 5/5/1932 Song of the fiddlers The Radio Rascals' Orchestra [Gene Kardos Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-73166 10-in. 8/4/1932 This is the chorus of a song Village Barn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-77514 10-in. 8/21/1933 It isn't fair The Madhatters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-77519 10-in. 8/21/1933 Let's make up The Madhatters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-81020 10-in. 1/3/1934 Holiday The Radio Rascals' Orchestra [Dick Robertson Orchestra] Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-81375 10-in. 2/8/1934 Extra!! The Radio Rascals' Orchestra [Dick Robertson Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, leader  
Victor BS-81376 10-in. 2/8/1934 What's good for the goose (Is good for the gander) The Radio Rascals' Orchestra [Dick Robertson Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, leader  
Victor BS-81936 10-in. 3/16/1934 Little Dutch mill Sid Peltyn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81943 10-in. 3/16/1934 Delta bound Sid Peltyn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83793 10-in. 8/22/1934 I'm whistling for my honey Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83794 10-in. 8/22/1934 Then I'll be tired of you Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83795 10-in. 8/22/1934 Old skipper Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83796 10-in. 8/22/1934 I understand Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-040625 10-in. 7/29/1939 Out of port Blue Barron ; Alan Holmes Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-041484 10-in. 9/21/1939 My cat fell in the well (well, well, well) Eddie De Lange Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-041709 10-in. 10/4/1939 At least you could say hello Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-042713 10-in. 9/21/1939 At least you could say hello Larry Clinton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-055187 10-in. 12/3/1940 You forgot about me Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Anita Boyer Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-055565 10-in. 8/29/1940 We three (My echo, my shadow and me) Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-075093 10-in. 6/17/1942 Yesterday's gardenias Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra ; Modernaires Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble songwriter  
(Results 1-25 of 71 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Robertson, Dick," accessed August 10, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107135.

Robertson, Dick. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 10, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107135.

"Robertson, Dick." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 10 August 2020.

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