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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 101-125 of 808 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-74624 10-in. 11/30/1932 When the wandering boy comes home Don Hall Trio Mixed vocal trio, with violin and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-74625 10-in. 11/30/1932 At the close of a long, long day Don Hall Trio ; Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal trio, violin, and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-74626 10-in. 11/30/1932 Oh! Look at the rain Dixon Trio ; Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal trio, violin, and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-74627 10-in. 11/30/1932 Oh! Look at the rain, part 2 Don Hall Trio ; Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal trio, violin, and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-74628 10-in. 11/30/1932 There ain't no man in the moon Dixon Trio ; Bob Dixon Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal trio, violin, and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-74629 10-in. 11/30/1932 She's still got it Don Hall Trio ; Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal trio, violin, and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-74719 10-in. 12/23/1932 When I played peek-a-boo with Daddy Don Hall Trio ; Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal trio and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-74720 10-in. 12/23/1932 Lonesome Valley Sally Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal trio and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-74721 10-in. 12/23/1932 Old Bill Smith Bob Dixon Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal trio and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-74722 10-in. 12/23/1932 A pumpkin has no pump Bob Dixon Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal trio and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-74723 10-in. 12/23/1932 I'm so happy when the sun is shining Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal trio and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75071 10-in. 2/10/1933 I'm nuts about mutts The New Yorkers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75072 10-in. 2/10/1933 Hell's bells The New Yorkers ; Eli E. Oberstein Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75211 10-in. 2/13/1933 Don't take my boop-boop-a-doop away Betty Boop Female vocal solo, with male vocal solo and instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75212 10-in. 2/13/1933 Girl in the little green hat Betty Boop Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75397 10-in. 3/13/1933 That means you're falling in love Donaldson Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with violin and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75398 10-in. 3/13/1933 That means you're falling in love Rose Family Mixed vocal quartet, with violin and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75399 10-in. 3/13/1933 Hannah from Panama (And her ma) Donaldson Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with violin and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75400 10-in. 3/13/1933 Hannah from Panama (And her ma) Rose Family Mixed vocal quartet, with violin and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75501 10-in. 3/13/1933 Oh! Look at the rain Rose Family Mixed vocal quartet, with violin and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75502 10-in. 3/13/1933 Carolina lullaby Dixon Trio ; Dick Robertson Male vocal solo and mixed vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75503 10-in. 3/13/1933 Carolina lullaby George Donaldson Trio Mixed vocal trio and male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75504 10-in. 3/13/1933 What are we gonna use for money? (Where are we gonna get the dough?) Bob Dixon Male vocal solo and mixed vocal trio, with violin and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75505 10-in. 3/13/1933 What are we gonna use for money? (Where are we gonna get the dough?) George Donaldson Trio Mixed vocal trio and male vocal solo, with violin and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-75506 10-in. 3/13/1933 Oh! How I'd love to own a fish store Bob Dixon ; Don Hall Trio Male vocal solo and mixed vocal trio, with violin and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 101-125 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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