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
Beijing, China
Died March 16, 2015(2015-03-16) (aged 92)
California, United States
Occupation(s) Songwriter and pianist

Donald Irwin Robertson (December 5, 1922 – March 16, 2015) was 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] He died in 2015.[3]

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. 
  3. ^ "Don Robertson Obituary: View Don Robertson's Obituary by Ventura County Star". Retrieved 2015-08-17. 

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