Bobby Robinson Tribute


Bobby Robinson, a legendary in the history of our music, passed away January 7, 2010, at the age of 93.  Bobby Robinson was born in South Carolina but after World War II he settled in Harlem, NYC.  In 1946, Bobby bought a store at 301 West 125th Street in Harlem and turned it into a record store, Bobby's Record Shop, which later was renamed Bobby's Happy House.  Bobby Robinson's record store, right near the Apollo Theater, was the first black owned store in the area.  Bobby's record store was there until just recently.  It lasted over 60 years.


Bobby Robinson in front of his record store.
(Photo taken by Bobby's friend, Richard Barrett.  Courtesy of Julie Barrett.)


Bobby Robinson in front of his record store.
(Photo taken by Bobby's friend, Richard Barrett.  Courtesy of Julie Barrett.)


From his record store, Bobby Robinson discovered numerous singers, many of whom he recorded for his own record labels - labels that are well known to R&B group harmony enthusiasts, like Red Robin, Whirlin' Disc, Fire, Fury and Enjoy.  Bobby's biggest hits included "Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison.  But the list of R&B vocal groups that Bobby Robinson discovered, produced and/or recorded is lengthy.


(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

On his first label, Robin/Red Robin, Bobby Robinson recorded the Mellowmoods, Vocaleers, Velvets, Scarlets, Topps, Rainbows, DuDroppers, Serenaders and Sequins.


(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


On his Whirlin' Disc label, Bobby Robinson recorded the Channels, Continentals, Quadrells, Empires, Pretenders and Whirlers.


(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


On his Fury label, Bobby Robinson recorded the Teenchords, Kodoks, Carl Hogan & the Miracles, Little Bobby Rivera & the Hemlocks, Federals, Du Mauriers, Velvets, Channels, Premiers, Jackie & the Starlites, Scarlets, Gladys Knight & the Pips and many more.


(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


On his Fire label, Bobby Robinson recorded the Channels, Tellers and others.


(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


On his Enjoy label, Bobby Robinson recorded the Channels, Gladys Knight & the Pips and others.

Of course, we've only mentioned the vocal groups that Bobby recorded and even them we've missed quite a few.  For over 60 years Bobby Robinson has been a legendary figure in black music, from early R&B to rap.  He'll definitely be missed.

 

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