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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 51-75 of 808 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BRC-71234 10-in. 1/15/1932 Waiting Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-71235 10-in. 1/15/1932 My Carolina home Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-71236 10-in. 1/15/1932 An old fashioned home in New Hampshire Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-71237 10-in. 1/15/1932 Somewhere in the West Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-71270 10-in. 1/22/1932 I wouldn't change you for the world Gene Kardos Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-71271 10-in. 1/22/1932 Fate introduced me to you Gene Kardos Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-71274 10-in. 1/25/1932 Alexander's ragtime band Gene Kardos Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-71275 10-in. 1/25/1932 Glory Gene Kardos Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-71276 10-in. 1/25/1932 I'll keep right on loving you Gene Kardos Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-71934 10-in. 3/10/1932 Sailin' on the Robert E. Lee Gene Kardos Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-71935 10-in. 3/10/1932 The sun's in my heart Gene Kardos Orchestra ; Rob Roy Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-71936 10-in. 3/10/1932 Sadie, the shaker Gene Kardos Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-71937 10-in. 3/10/1932 There ought to be a law against that Gene Kardos Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-71950 10-in. 3/15/1932 Lovable Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-71951 10-in. 3/15/1932 I'm so in love Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72250 10-in. 4/7/1932 My extraordinary gal Gene Kardos Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72251 10-in. 4/7/1932 When nobody else is around Gene Kardos Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72252 10-in. 4/7/1932 He's in the jailhouse now Eliot Everett Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72253 10-in. 4/7/1932 Sweetest of all my dreams Pan-American Dance Orchestrra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72254 10-in. 4/7/1932 The dentist and the lady Gene Kardos Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72255 10-in. 4/7/1932 Charlie, the chiseller Eliot Everett Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72518 10-in. 4/28/1932 Behind the big white house Bob Dickson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72519 10-in. 4/28/1932 I found a peanut Bob Dickson Male vocal solo, with vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72520 10-in. 4/28/1932 Let me call you sweetheart (I'm in love with you) Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72521 10-in. 4/28/1932 (If I ever meet) The girl of my dreams Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 51-75 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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