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 (died 1986)
Terrell "Ty" 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 African-American R&B group of the late 1940s and 1950s, one of the earliest such vocal groups who established the basic pattern for the doo-wop sound.

The music producers and songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller took two members of the Robins to form the Coasters.[1]

Original members[edit]

  • Bobby Nunn (20 September 1925, Birmingham, Alabama – 5 November 1986, Los Angeles, California), lead and bassist
  • Terrell "Ty" Leonard, vocals
  • Billy Richard, vocals
  • Roy Richard, vocals

Singles[edit]

  • "My Baby Done Told Me"/"Courtroom Blues" (by Johnny Otis), as the Four Bluebirds (Excelsior 540) (1948)
  • "Around About Midnight"/"You Sure Look Good to Me", as the Robbins (Score 4010) (1949)
  • "Don’t Like the Way You’re Doing"/"Come Back Baby", as the Robbins (Aladdin 3031) (1949)
  • "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), with Little Esther (backup vocals) (Savoy 731) (1/1950)
  • "Double Crossin' Blues"/"Back Alley Blues" (by Beale Street Boys), with Little Esther (backup vocals) (Savoy 731) (1950)
  • "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", as Maggie Hathaway & the Robins (recorded in Hollywood 121) (1950)
  • "I Found Me a Sugar Daddy"/"Gonna Have a Merry Christmas", as the Nic Nacs, with Mickey Champion (RPM 313) (12/1950)
  • "Rockin'"/"That’s What the Good Book Says", as the Robbins (Modern 20-807) (3/1951)
  • "I Found Me a Sugar Daddy"/"You Didn’t Want My Love", as the Nic Nacs (RPM 316) (1951)
  • "Schoolgirl Blues", with Maggie Hathaway/"Early Morning Blues" (recorded in Hollywood #150) (1951)
  • "I Found Me a Sugar Daddy"/"Gonna Have a Merry Christmas", as the Nic Nacs (RPM 342) (1951)
  • "Saturday Night Daddy"/"Mainliner", with Little Esther (backup vocals) (Federal 12100) (7/1952)
  • "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", as the Drifters (Crown 108) (1954)
  • "Key to My Heart"/"All I Do Is Rock", as the Robbins (Crown 120) (2/1954)
  • "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 in 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" (also known as "Saw Wood Mountain")/"Sweet Thing", as the Ding Dongs (Eldo 109) (1960)
  • "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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