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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 201-225 of 808 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-83795 10-in. 8/22/1934 Old skipper Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83796 10-in. 8/22/1934 I understand Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-83797 10-in. 8/22/1934 Two cigarettes in the dark Jerry Johnson and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-84244 10-in. 9/10/1934 If you love me, say so Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-84245 10-in. 9/10/1934 One night of love Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-84246 10-in. 9/10/1934 Two cigarettes in the dark Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-84247 10-in. 9/10/1934 Blue Sky Avenue Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-84248 10-in. 9/10/1934 The Continental Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-84249 10-in. 9/10/1934 Just say the word Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-84250 10-in. 9/10/1934 Lost in a fog Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-84251 10-in. 9/10/1934 Talkin' to myself Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86219 10-in. 11/20/1934 Blue moon Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86221 10-in. 11/20/1934 Down t' Uncle Bill's Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86240 10-in. 11/23/1934 I've got an invitation to a dance Al Mitchell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86241 10-in. 11/23/1934 Home ties Al Mitchell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86243 10-in. 11/23/1934 Dancing with my shadow Al Mitchell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86244 10-in. 11/23/1934 (I got a) New deal in love Al Mitchell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86245 10-in. 11/23/1934 Isle of Capri Al Mitchell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86246 10-in. 11/23/1934 Did she ask for me? Al Mitchell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86247 10-in. 11/23/1934 Hands across the table Al Mitchell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86406 10-in. 12/7/1934 I don't want to be president Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86407 10-in. 12/7/1934 Drifting along on Dreamy River Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86408 10-in. 12/7/1934 I've got an invitation to a dance Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86409 10-in. 12/7/1934 Winter wonderland Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-86410 10-in. 12/7/1934 If it's love Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 201-225 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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