The Robins

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The Robins
Also known as The Robbins
A-Sharp Trio
The Four Bluebirds
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres R&B
Years active 1945–1960
Labels Spark
Whippet
RCA
Associated acts Johnny Otis
The Coasters
Past members Bobby Nunn
"Ty" Terrell Leonard
Billy Richard
Roy Richard
Grady Chapman
Carl Gardner
H.B. Barnum
Bobby Sheen
"Little" Billy Richards, Jr.

The Robins were a successful and influential American R&B group of the late 1940s and 1950s, one of the earliest such vocal bands who established the basic pattern for the doo-wop sound.

Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller took two members of the Robins to form the Coasters.[1]

Original members[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • My Baby Done Told Me/Courtroom Blues (by Johnny Otis) (Excelsior #540) (1948) (as The Four Bluebirds)
  • Around About Midnight/You Sure Look Good To Me (Score #4010) (1949) (as The Robbins)
  • Don’t Like The Way You’re Doing/Come Back Baby (Aladdin #3031) (1949) (as The Robbins)
  • If I Didn’t Love You So/If It’s So Baby (Savoy #726) (12/1949)
  • Double Crossin' Blues/Ain’t Nothin' Shakin' (by Leon Sims) (Savoy #731) (1/1950) (Little Esther) (backup vocals)
  • Double Crossin' Blues/Back Alley Blues (by Beale Street Boys) (Savoy #731) (1950) (Little Esther) (backup vocals)
  • Turkey Hop Part One/Turkey Hop Part Two (Savoy #732) (2/1950)
  • Our Romance Is Gone/There Ain’t No Use Beggin (Savoy #738) (4/1950)
  • I’m Living O. K./There’s Rain In My Eyes (Savoy #752) (6/1950)
  • I’m Through/You’re Fine But Not My Kind (Savoy #762) (8/1950)
  • Cry Baby/I'm Not Falling In Love With You (by Johnny Otis) (Regent #1016) (1950) (Mel Walker & The Bluenotes)
  • Race Of Man/Bayou Baby Blues (with Maggie Hathaway) (Recorded In Hollywood #112) (1950)
  • A Falling Star/When Gabriel Blows His Horn (Recorded In Hollywood 121) (1950) (Maggie Hathaway & The Robins)
  • I Found Me A Sugar Daddy/Gonna Have A Merry Christmas (RPM #313) (12/1950) (with Mickey Champion) (as The Nic Nacs)
  • Rockin/That’s What The Good Book Says (Modern #20-807) (3/1951) (as The Robbins)
  • I Found Me A Sugar Daddy/You Didn’t Want My Love (RPM #316) (1951) (as The Nic Nacs)
  • Schoolgirl Blues/Early Morning Blues (Recorded In Hollywood #150) (1951) (side A with Maggie Hathaway)
  • I Found Me A Sugar Daddy/Gonna Have A Merry Christmas (RPM #342) (1951) (as The Nic Nacs)
  • Saturday Night Daddy/Mainliner (Federal #12100) (7/1952) (Little Esther) (backup vocals)
  • A Fool Such As I/My Heart’s The Biggest Fool (RCA Victor #5175) (1952)
  • Oh Why/All Night Baby (RCA Victor #5271) (1952)
  • How Would You Know?/Let’s Go To The Dance (RCA Victor #5434) (1953)
  • My Baby Done Told Me/I’ll Do It (RCA Victor #5486) (1953)
  • Ten Days In Jail/Empty Bottles (RCA Victor #5489) (1953)
  • Get It Off Your Mind/Don’t Stop Now (RCA Victor #5564) (11/1953)
  • I Made A Vow/Double Crossin' Baby (Crown #106) (12/1953)
  • Sacroiliac Swing/The World Is Changing (Crown #108) (1954) (as The Drifters)
  • Key To My Heart/All I Do Is Rock (Crown #120) (2/1954) (as The Robbins)
  • Riot In Cell Block #9/Wrap It Up (Spark #103) (5/1954)
  • Loop De Loop Mambo/Framed (Spark #107) (1954)
  • If Teardrops Were Kisses/Whadaya Want? (Spark #110) (1954)
  • One Kiss/I Love Paris (Spark #113) (1955)
  • I Must Be Dreamin'/The Hatchet Man (Spark #116) (1955)
  • Smokey Joe's Cafe[1]/Just Like A Fool (Spark #122) (10/1955)
  • Smokey Joe's Cafe/Just Like A Fool (Atco #6059) (12/1955)
  • Cherry Lips/Out Of The Picture (Whippet #200) (7/1956)
  • Hurt Me/Merry Go Rock (Whippet #201) (1956)
  • Since I First Met You/That Old Black Magic (Whippet #203) (1957)
  • A Fool In Love/All Of a Sudden My Heart Sings (Whippet #206) (1957)
  • Every Night/Where’s The Fire? (Whippet #208) (1957)
  • In My Dreams/Keep Your Mind On Me (Whippet #211) (1958)
  • Snowball/You Wanted Fun (Whippet #212) (1958)
  • A Quarter To Twelve/Pretty Little Dolly (Knight #2001) (1958)
  • A Little Bird Told Me/It’s Never Too Late (Knight #2008) (1959)
  • Just Like That/Whole Lot Of Imagination (Arvee #5001) (1959)
  • Live Wire Susie/Oh No (Arvee #5013) (1960)
  • Ding Dong (A.K.A. Saw Wood Mountain)/Sweet Thing (Eldo #109) (1960) (as The Ding Dongs)
  • The White Cliffs Of Dover/How Many More Times (Lavender #001) (1961)
  • White Cliffs Of Dover/Image Of A Girl (Gloria Gold #3101) (B-side by The Safaris)
  • Magic Of A Dream/Mary Lou Loves To Hootchy Kootchy Koo (Lavender #002) (1961)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leiber & Stoller interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)

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