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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 801-819 of 819 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
Decca 72738 10-in. 2/20/1945 My dreams are getting better all the time Johnny Long Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca NA 2059 12/28/1949 Let ev'ry day be mother's day Dick Robertson vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca NA 2060 12/28/1949 I'll never do a thing to hurt you Dick Robertson vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca NA 2061 12/28/1949 Old songs bring memories Dick Robertson vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca NA 2062 12/28/1949 I'm down to my last dream Dick Robertson vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca NA 2358 3/12/1951 Satins and lace-1 Owen Bradley Quintet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca N 3529 10-in. 8/6/1945 Fishin' for the moon Johnny Long Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca N 3531 10-in. 8/6/1945 Waitin' for the train to come in Johnny Long Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 801-819 of 819 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Robertson, Dick," accessed April 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107135.

Robertson, Dick. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107135.

"Robertson, Dick." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 April 2021.

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

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