John Robinson (drummer)

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John Robinson (born December 29, 1954 in Creston, Iowa,[1] also known as John "JR" Robinson or John "J.R." Robinson) is an American drummer and session musician. He is most known for his work with Quincy Jones, including Michael Jackson's multiplatinum Off the Wall album and the charity single "We Are the World".

Robinson is a prolific studio drummer, having played for other popular groups or artists including:

Robinson attended Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Robinson was inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame in 2005. The group said Robinson is "the most recorded drummer in history, even surpassing the great Hal Blaine."

Robinson has released two solo albums — Funkshui (2004) and Platinum (2007).


Robinson has played on dozens of film soundtracks including My Cousin Vinny, Jerry Maguire, The Bodyguard, Independence Day, Space Jam and That Thing You Do.


For years, Robinson endorsed Yamaha drums, pedals & hardware and Zildjian cymbals,[citation needed] but in 2006, he switched to Paiste cymbals[citation needed] and in 2009, he switched to DW drums, pedals & hardware, which he still plays today.[citation needed] Robinson also endorses Remo drumheads, Latin Percussion and Regaltip drumsticks;[citation needed] he has his own Regal Tip John JR Robinson signature drumstick and Regal Tip John JR Robinson signature brushes.[citation needed] He also had a Pearl 14x4 John JR Robinson signature snare drum,[citation needed] but it is no longer in production due to joining Drum Workshop in 2009.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "John JR Robinson". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved July 28, 2013.