TRIBUTE TO BOBBY ROBINSON & RED ROBIN RECORDS
September 1953: Bobby Robinson, little guy who operates Bobby's Record Shop and Red Robin label has been put to bed for a month under doctor's orders and told to keep away from work until after first of the year. Bobby doesn't have to fret, tho, 'cause his old friend and standby Joel Turnero will be looking after things until he makes his return.
December 1953: Bobby Robinson, head of Red Robin label, this week announced a quartet of new releases. One intros Robinson's newest group, the Velvets, on a smooth ballad titled "I." Other artists in the release include newcomer Sadie Birch, Allen Bunn and Tiny Grimes. Over the past several months, the Red Robin firm has become known for its introduction of such national artists as the Du Droppers, the Vocaleers and Jack Dupree.
February 1954: Little Bobby Robinson is in great spirits these days thanks to the action he's been getting on two of his Red Robin platters. The Velvets' "I" is breaking strong on the charts, while Tiny Grimes' "Juicy Fruit" is going great guns in Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia and NewYork. Additionally, the Vocaleers latest, "Will You Be True" is getting a really big response from deejays and distribs who've been treated to a preview.
Above: Label images for Red Robin 127 and Red Robin 122. The Velvets consisted of Charles Sampson on lead, Don & Joe Raysor, Bearle Ashton, and George Thorpe. These are their last two records for Red Robin of three total (1953-54).
Listen to this week's selections by The Velvets:
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I Cried - Red Robin 128 - 1954
I - Red Robin 122 - 1953
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