Robin Luke

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Robin Luke (born 20 March 1942, Los Angeles, California, United States) is an American rockabilly singer who is best known for his 1958 song, "Susie Darlin'". He later worked as a University professor in Marketing. Luke has been enshrined in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.[1]

Biography[edit]

Robin Luke was discovered by Hawaii entrepreneur Kimo Wilder McVay. Luke was living in Honolulu, Hawaii, attending Punahou School, in 1958 when he wrote and recorded a Billboard #5 hit, "Susie Darlin'" a song named after his then five-year-old sister, Susie.[2] The track also reached #23 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] The record sold over one million copies, earning a gold disc.[2] He continued to record, but was unable to repeat his Top 10 success. His first four singles were recorded for the small International label in Honolulu. After "Susie Darlin'" started getting local airplay, Dot Records bought his recording contract and the International master tapes.

Robin Luke stated that he never envisioned pursuing music as a career and quit the professional music business in 1965.[4] As of 2012, he still performs occasionally on the side.[5] He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration and Marketing at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and served as a professor at Old Dominion University, the University of the Virgin Islands, and Missouri State University. He became Department Head at Old Dominion University and Missouri State University.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Susie Darlin'" b/w "Living's Loving You" (International 206, 1957 & Dot 15781, 1958)
  • "Hound Dog" b/w (International 206, 1958 & Dot 15781, 1958)
  • "My Girl" b/w "Chicka Chicka Honey" (International 208, 1957 & Dot 15839,1958)
  • "You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming" b/w ""Strollin' Blues" (International 210, 1957 & Dot 15899, 1959)
  • "Five Minutes More" b/w "Won't You Please Me Mine?" (International 212, 1958 & Dot 15959, 1959)
  • "Make Me A Dreamer" b/w "Walkin' In The Moonlight" (Dot 16001, 1959)
  • "Bad Boy" b/w "School Bus Love Affair" (Dot 16040, 1960)
  • "Everlovin'" b/w "Well Oh, Well Oh" (Dot 16096, 1960)
  • "Part Of A Fool" b/w "Poor Little Rich Boy" (Dot 16229,1961)
  • "My Pink Velvet Shoes" b/w(International 212, 1959 & Dot 15959, 1959)
  • "Foggin' Up The Windows with My Guy" b/w "Wound Time" (Dot 16366, 1962)

Albums[edit]

  • Susie Darlin' (Dot 1092 10", 1958)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robin Luke". Rockabillyhall.com. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 104. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 333. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Robin Luke with His Only Hit "Susie Darlin'" – Mental Itch". Mentalitch.com. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "'Oh Susie Darlin', Robin Luke and the Roomates, Hemsby 2012". YouTube. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 

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