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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), Died January 1st, 1979

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 226-250 of 808 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-86411 10-in. 12/7/1934 Sweet music Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86412 10-in. 12/7/1934 Ev'ry day Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-87230 10-in. 1/2/1935 The farmer takes a wife Hal Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-87231 10-in. 1/2/1935 I believe in miracles Hal Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-87232 10-in. 1/2/1935 In a blue and pensive mood Hal Davis Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-87233 10-in. 1/2/1935 Throwin' stones at the sun Hal Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-87234 10-in. 1/2/1935 Because of once upon a time Hal Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-87235 10-in. 1/2/1935 Tiny little fingerprints Hal Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-87236 10-in. 1/2/1935 A heart for a heart Hal Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-87237 10-in. 1/2/1935 You fit into the picture Hal Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-88702 10-in. 2/14/1935 My heart is an open book Hal Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-88703 10-in. 2/14/1935 You got me doin' things Hal Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-88704 10-in. 2/14/1935 It's easy to remember Dick Robertson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-88705 10-in. 2/14/1935 Soon Dick Robertson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-88706 10-in. 2/14/1935 Lullaby of Broadway Sid Peltyn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-88707 10-in. 2/14/1935 Put on an old pair of shoes Sid Peltyn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-88708 10-in. 2/14/1935 The night that she cried in my beer Dick Robertson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-88709 10-in. 2/14/1935 My sweetheart's a mule in the mines Dick Robertson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-88842 10-in. 3/6/1935 The modern minstrel show Dick Robertson ; John Ryan Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-88843 10-in. 3/6/1935 The modern minstrel show Dick Robertson ; John Ryan Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-92269 10-in. 6/17/1935 Love me forever Jack Shilkret Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-92270 10-in. 6/17/1935 Gringola Jack Shilkret Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-92271 10-in. 6/17/1935 Get rhythm in your feet (And music in your soul) Jack Shilkret Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-92272 10-in. 6/17/1935 Love and kisses Jack Shilkret Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-92273 10-in. 6/17/1935 Chasing shadows Jack Shilkret Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 226-250 of 808 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Robertson, Dick," accessed March 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107135.

Robertson, Dick. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107135.

"Robertson, Dick." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 March 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107135

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