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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 151-175 of 808 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-81374 10-in. 2/8/1934 That's love Sid Peltyn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, leader  
Victor BS-81375 10-in. 2/8/1934 Extra!! The Radio Rascals' Orchestra [Dick Robertson Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, leader  
Victor BS-81376 10-in. 2/8/1934 What's good for the goose (Is good for the gander) The Radio Rascals' Orchestra [Dick Robertson Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, leader  
Victor BS-81377 10-in. 2/8/1934 Always yours Sid Peltyn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, leader  
Victor BS-81718 10-in. 2/19/1934 Lullaby in blue Al Mitchell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81719 10-in. 2/19/1934 In a shelter from a shower Al Mitchell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81720 10-in. 2/19/1934 Over somebody else's shoulder (I fell in love with you) Sid Peltyn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81721 10-in. 2/19/1934 My dog loves your dog Eliot Everett and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81722 10-in. 2/19/1934 So nice Eliot Everett and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81723 10-in. 2/19/1934 Six women Totem Lodge Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81936 10-in. 3/16/1934 Little Dutch mill Sid Peltyn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81937 10-in. 3/16/1934 The old covered bridge Leo Zollo and his Benjamin Franklin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81938 10-in. 3/16/1934 Armful o' sweetness Leo Zollo and his Benjamin Franklin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81939 10-in. 3/16/1934 Goodnight, lovely little lady Leo Zollo and his Benjamin Franklin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81940 10-in. 3/16/1934 She reminds me of you Leo Zollo and his Benjamin Franklin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81941 10-in. 3/16/1934 The house is haunted (By the echo of your last good-bye) Al Mitchell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81942 10-in. 3/16/1934 I'm lookin' forward to goin' back home Al Mitchell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-81943 10-in. 3/16/1934 Delta bound Sid Peltyn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82336 10-in. 4/23/1934 Call of love Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82337 10-in. 4/23/1934 Neighbors Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82338 10-in. 4/23/1934 Play to me, Gypsy! (The song I love) Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82339 10-in. 4/23/1934 Waitin' at the gate for Katy Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82340 10-in. 4/23/1934 Dream of me darling, to-night Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82341 10-in. 4/23/1934 All I do is dream of you Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82342 10-in. 4/23/1934 I've had my moments Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 151-175 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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