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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 176-200 of 808 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-82343 10-in. 4/23/1934 Heaven on earth Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82376 10-in. 5/4/1934 I'm dancing with the girl of my dreams Sid Peltyn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82377 10-in. 5/4/1934 How do I know it's Sunday Eliot Everett and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82378 10-in. 5/4/1934 Let's dress for dinner tonight Allan Lane Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82379 10-in. 5/4/1934 I ain't lazy—I'm just dreaming Sid Peltyn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82380 10-in. 5/4/1934 Little man, you've had a busy day Eliot Everett and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82381 10-in. 5/4/1934 My shawl Allan Lane Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82577 10-in. 6/1/1934 Try to see it my way Totem Lodge Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82578 10-in. 6/1/1934 Dames Totem Lodge Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82579 10-in. 6/1/1934 I only have eyes for you Totem Lodge Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82580 10-in. 6/1/1934 Breeze (Blow my baby back to me) Tom Berwick Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82581 10-in. 6/1/1934 I wish I were twins Art Rohman and his Orchestra ; Ed Carroll Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82582 10-in. 6/1/1934 Thank you for a lovely evening Tom Berwick Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-82583 10-in. 6/1/1934 Hot dogs and sarsaparilla Sid Peltyn and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83613 10-in. 7/23/1934 Here come the British Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83614 10-in. 7/23/1934 The Memphis blues Tom Berwick Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83615 10-in. 7/23/1934 I'll close my eyes to everyone else (If you'll open your heart to me) Tom Berwick Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83616 10-in. 7/23/1934 A little church around the corner Tom Berwick Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83617 10-in. 7/23/1934 Pardon my Southern accent Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83618 10-in. 7/23/1934 Once in a lifetime Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83619 10-in. 7/23/1934 Moon of desire Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83620 10-in. 7/23/1934 Ooh! You miser you Tom Berwick Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83792 10-in. 8/22/1934 I'm in love Jerry Johnson and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83793 10-in. 8/22/1934 I'm whistling for my honey Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83794 10-in. 8/22/1934 Then I'll be tired of you Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 176-200 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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