Don Robertson (songwriter)

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Don Robertson
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Don Robertson in 1966
Background information
Birth name Donald Irwin Robertson
Born (1922-12-05) December 5, 1922 (age 92)
Beijing, China
Occupation(s) Songwriter and pianist

Don Robertson (born Donald Irwin Robertson, December 5, 1922, Beijing, China) is an American songwriter and pianist, mostly in the country and popular music genres. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972. As a performer, he hit the US Top 10 with "The Happy Whistler" in 1956. The track reached #8 in the UK Singles Chart the same year.[1] It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[2]

Although contracted to Capitol at the time of his biggest selling hit single, Robertson subsequently signed a recording contract with RCA Victor. He composed or co-composed with Hal Blair, many hits for other musicians, including Elvis Presley who recorded over a dozen of Robertson's songs, five of which appeared in Presley's numerous films.[2]

Best known published songs[edit]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 465. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 86. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 

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