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The Robins

Band, 1945-1960 US, San Francisco
Rock, Blues and R&B/Soul
A.k.a. The Buzzards (5) The Four Bluebirds The Nic Nacs

This Los Angeles vocal group were the forerunners of the Coasters. They began as the Four Bluebirds in 1947, then became the Robins. Ty Terrell, Billy Richards, Roy Richards, and Bobby Nunn were the original members, with Carl Gardner and Grady Chapman adding in 1954. In 1957, Gardner and Nunn departed to form the Coasters. The Robins had two R&B Top Ten hits. "If It's So Baby" was done with the Johnny Otis Band in 1950 for Savoy, while their best-known number, "Smokey Joe's Cafe", was recorded for the LA based SPARK label, as shown here in 1955.

     
Members
PortraitH.B. Barnum
*1936 US
PortraitBobby Sheen
voc 1941-2000 US
PortraitBobby Nunn
voc *1925 US
PortraitMickey Champion
voc 1925-2014 US
Ty Terrell Leonard
voc
Billy Richards
voc
PortraitGrady Chapman
voc
Popular Tracks   
Since I First Met You on You Wanted Fun by The Robins
Smokey Joe's Cafe - 2007 Remastered; Remastered on There's A Riot Goin' On: The Coasters On Atco by The Coasters
Framed - 2007 Remastered; Remastered on There's A Riot Goin' On: The Coasters On Atco by The Coasters
Riot in Cell Block No. 9 on There's A Riot Goin' On: The Coasters On Atco by The Coasters
The Hatchet Man - 2007 Remastered; Remastered on There's A Riot Goin' On: The Coasters On Atco by The Coasters
Double Crossing Blues on Johnny Otis Presents: The Robins by The Robins
One Kiss - 2007 Remastered; Remastered on There's A Riot Goin' On: The Coasters On Atco by The Coasters
Whadaya Want? - 2007 Remastered; Remastered on There's A Riot Goin' On: The Coasters On Atco by The Coasters
I Must Be Dreamin' - Mono; 2007 Remastered; Remastered on There's A Riot Goin' On: The Coasters On Atco by The Coasters
Wrap It Up - 2007 Remastered; Remastered on There's A Riot Goin' On: The Coasters On Atco by The Coasters

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
West Coast Doo Wop 1949-1961The Robins2015Compil.
I Must Be Dreamin'The Robins2007Compil.
Smokey Joe's CafeThe Robins2006Compil.
The Best Of The RobinsThe Robins1997Compil.
The Roots Of Rock 'N Roll: The Complete Savoy RecordingsThe Robins, Johnny Otis1987Compil.
Leader Of The Pack / Riot In Cell Block 9The Shangri-Las, The Robins1964Single
Mary Lou Loves To Hootchy Kootchy Koo / Magic Of A DreamThe Robins1961Single
Dance By The Light Of The MoonThe Olympics, The Marathons, The Robins1961Album
White Cliffs Of Dover / How Many More TimesThe Robins1961Single
Out Of The PictureThe Robins1960Single
Just Like ThatThe Robins1960Single
Live Wire SuzieThe Robins1960Single
Rock 'N Roll With The RobinsThe Robins1959Single
It's Never Too LateThe Robins1958Single
Rock 'n' Roll with the RobinsThe Robins1958Album
Quarter To Twelve / Pretty Little DollyThe Robins1958Single
Ev'ry Night / Where's The FireThe Robins1957Single
A Fool In Love / All Of A Sudden My Heart SingsThe Robins With Eddie Beal And His Orchestra1957Single
Cherry Lips / Out Of The PictureThe Robins1956Single
Merry-Go-Rock / Hurt MeThe Robins1956Album
That Old Black Magic / Since I First Met YouThe Robins1956Single
The Hatchet Man / I Must Be DreaminThe Robins1955Single
Whadaya Want? / If Teardrops Were KissesThe Robins1955Album
Smokey Joe's CafeThe Robins1955Album
All I Do Is Rock / Key To My HeartThe Robins1954Single
Loop De Loop Mambo / FramedThe Robins1954Album
Riot In Cell Block # 9 / Wrap It UpThe Robins1954Single
Get It Off Your Mind / Don't Stop NowThe Robins1953Single
Let's Go To The Dance / How Would You KnowThe Robins1953Single
I Made A Vow / Double Crossin BabyThe Robins1953Album
Rockin' / That's What The Good Book SaysBobby Nunn With The Robins1951Album
School Girl Blues / Early Morning BluesThe Robins1951Album
I'm Living O.K. / There's Rain In My EyesThe Robins, Johnny Otis Quintette1950Single
Bayou Baby BluesMaggie Hathaway With The Robins And 2 Sharps And A Natural1950Album
Double Crossing Blues / Back Alley BluesJohnny Otis Quintet With The Robins And Little Esther / Beale Street Gang1950Album
If I Didn't Love You So / If It's So BabyThe Robins1950Album
Race Of Man / Bayou Baby BluesThe Robins1950Album
There Ain't No Use Beggin' / Our Romance Is GoneThe Robins, Johnny Otis Quintette1950Single
A Falling StarMaggie Hathaway With The Robins And 2 Sharps And A Natural1950Album
Around About Midnite / You Sure Look Good To MeThe Robins1949Single
Don't Like The Way You're Doing / Come Back BabyThe Robins1949Album
You Sure Look Good To Me / Around About MidniteThe Robins1949Album
In My DreamsThe RobinsSingle
Cadillac Car / Hey Little GirlThe RobinsSingle
If It's So Baby / I Can't LoseThe Robins / Lester WilliamsSingle
Gene Norman Presents Night ClubThe RobinsSingle
White Cliffs Of Dover / Need Your LoveThe Robins / The MetallicsSingle
Sh-Boom / Smokey Joe's CafeThe Sh-Booms / The RobinsSingle
The Best Of The Robins Vol.2The RobinsCompil.
Truble / Moving OutThe RobinsSingle
Big Boy Pete / Whole Lot ImaginationThe Olympics / The RobinsSingle
The Best Of The Robins Vol. 3The RobinsCompil.
Whadaya Want? / If Teardrops Were KissesThe RobinsSingle
White Cliffs Of Dover / Image Of A GirlThe Robins / The SafarisSingle
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