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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 776-800 of 808 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 70140 10-in. 1/9/1942 You're a sap, Mister Jap-1 Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 70141 10-in. 1/9/1942 I paid my income tax today-1 Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 70142 10-in. 1/9/1942 On the street of regret Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 70204 10-in. 1/22/1942 Dear Mom Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 70238 10-in. 1/28/1942 Wings over the Navy Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 70239 10-in. 1/28/1942 Eyes of the fleet Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 70420 10-in. 3/2/1942 Wings over the Navy-1 Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 70421 10-in. 3/2/1942 Eyes of the fleet-1 Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 70422 10-in. 3/2/1942 I'm in love with the girl I left behind me Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 70423 10-in. 3/2/1942 She don't wanna Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 70424 10-in. 3/2/1942 One dozen roses Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 70425 10-in. 3/2/1942 Keep 'em flying Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 71258 10-in. 7/30/1942 Under a strawberry moon Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 71259 10-in. 7/30/1942 Ching-1 Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 71260 10-in. 7/30/1942 Oh! Pardon me-1 Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 71261 10-in. 7/30/1942 Isabella kissed a fella-1 Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 71443 10-in. 10/11/1943 No letter today Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 71444 10-in. 10/11/1943 I walk alone Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 71975 10-in. 4/11/1944 I'd like to give my dog to Uncle Sam Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 71976 10-in. 4/11/1944 They took the stars out of heaven Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 71977 10-in. 4/11/1944 You sang my love song to somebody else Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 71978 10-in. 4/11/1944 One face missing from the picture Dick Robertson Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 72611 10-in. 12/10/1944 Angelina (The waitress at the pizzeria) Johnny Long Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 72612 10-in. 12/10/1944 Gonna build a big fence around Texas Johnny Long Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 72737 10-in. 2/20/1945 Candy Johnny Long Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 776-800 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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