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Willard Robison

voc, p, 1894-1968 US, Shelbina, Missouri
Singer / Musician / Composer / Songwriter of Pop and Jazz

Willard Robison (September 18, 1894 – June 24, 1968) was an American vocalist, pianist, and composer of popular songs, born in Shelbina, Missouri. His songs reflect a rural, melancholy theme steeped in Americana and their warm style has drawn comparison to Hoagy Carmichael. Many of his compositions, notably "A Cottage for Sale", "Round My Old Deserted Farm", "Don't Smoke in Bed", "'Taint So, Honey, 'Taint So" and "Old Folks", have become standards and have been recorded countless times by jazz and pop artists including Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, Bing Crosby and Mildred Bailey. "A Cottage for Sale" alone has been recorded over 100 times.

  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Pop
  • Jazz
  • Blues

Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Willard Robison And His Deep River MusicWillard Robison1953Album
Willard Robison's Deep River MusicWillard Robison With Johnny Mercer, Paul Weston And His Orchestra1948Album
(Way Out There In) Tall Timber / (Still Runnin' Round) In The WildernessWillard Robison1930Album
There's Religion In Rhythm / Don't Ever Be 'Fraid To Wade Those Troubled WatersWillard Robison1930Album
Sing You Sinners / A Cottage For SaleWillard Robison1930Album
We'll Have A New Home (In The Mornin') / Ploddin' AlongWillard Robison1929Album
If I Had You / The Sun Is At My WindowWillard Robison / Johnny Marvin - Ed Smalle1929Album
In The Sing Song Sycamore Tree / I'll Have The Blues 'Til I Get To CaliforniaWillard Robison1928Album
Ol' Man River / 'Tain't So Honey - 'Tain't SoWillard Robison1928Album
'Taint So, Honey, 'Taint So / Deep River BluesWillard Robison1928Album
In The Evening / Lou'siana LullabyWillard Robison1928Album
Moonlight On The Ganges / Harlem BluesWillard Robison1927Album
Sometime's I'm Happy / Lazy WeatherWillard Robison1927Album
Muddy Waters / I'll Always Remember YouWillard Robison1927Album
Just A Memory / New Hampshire HighwayWillard Robison1927Album
There Ain't No Maybe In My Baby's Eyes / Truthful Parson BrownWillard Robison1927Album
Who Do You Love? / G String MelodyWillard Robison1927Album
Deep River Blues / The Devil Is Afraid Of MusicWillard Robison1926Album
The Birth Of The Blues / Deep River BluesWillard Robison1926Album
Mary Lou / Why Do Ya Roll Those Eyes?Willard Robison1926Album
I'd Love To Call You My Sweetheart / Hugs And KissesWillard Robison1926Album
Deep River Blues / Darby Hicks "American Suite No. 3"Willard Robison / Deep River Orchestra1926Album
Lonely Acres In The West / Mary LouWillard Robison1926Album
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