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(2007/EL TORO) 28 tracks RCA, Crown & Spark recordings 1953-55 with 8 page booklet; more

The Robins: I Must Be Dreamin'

(2007/EL TORO) 28 tracks RCA, Crown & Spark recordings 1953-55 with 8 page booklet;

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  • Interpret: The Robins

  • Album titlle: I Must Be Dreamin'

  • Label EL TORO

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Price code AH
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 8437003699641

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Robins - I Must Be Dreamin' CD 1
01 My Heart's The Biggest Fool The Robins
02 A Fool Such As I The Robins
03 All Night Baby The Robins
04 Oh Why The Robins
05 Let's Go To The Dance The Robins
06 How Would You Know The Robins
07 My Baby Done Told Me The Robins
08 I'll Do It The Robins
09 Ten Days In Jail The Robins
10 Empty Bottles The Robins
11 Don't Stop Now The Robins
12 Get It Off Your Mind The Robins
13 Double Crossin' Baby The Robins
14 I Made A Vow The Robins
15 All I Do Is Rock The Robins
16 Key To My Heart The Robins
17 Riot In Cell Block #9 The Robins
18 Wrap It Up The Robins
19 Loop De Loop Mambo The Robins
20 Framed The Robins
21 If Teardrops Were Kisses The Robins
22 Whadaya Want? The Robins
23 I Love Paris The Robins
24 One Kiss The Robins
25 The Hatchet Man The Robins
26 I Must Be Dreamin' The Robins
27 Just Like A Fool The Robins
28 Smokey Joe's Cafe The Robins
The Robins Smokey Joe's Café Things were finally going The Robins' way, thanks... more
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The Robins

Smokey Joe's Café

Things were finally going The Robins' way, thanks to the songwriting and production of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. In 1951, the Los Angeles group had the first Leiber/Stoller copyright to make it to wax. Adding tenor Carl Gardner to the ranks in 1954, shortly before The Robins signed with Leiber and Stoller's fledgling Spark label, hadn't hurt either.

Jerry and Mike gave The Robins Riot In Cell Block #9, Richard Berry guesting as the hard-nosed prisoner (it's on our previous disc). After that, founding bass singer Bobby Nunn handled the courtroom saga Framed, out on Spark with the Gardner-led flip Loop De Loop Mambo in the fall of '54. The rest of the group remained tenor Ty Terrell and brothers Billy and Roy Richard as tenor and baritone.

Spark issued more memorable Robins singles from Leiber and Stoller's prolific tandem pen in 1955. Tenor Grady Chapman returned to front a swinging Whadaya Want? and then an upbeat treatment of I Love Paris so outrageous that Cole Porter's publisher forced it off the market. Gardner led a raucous I Must Be Dreaming (its flip was a double-entendre The Hatchet Man, featuring a leering Nunn). Then came the hilarious theme that restored The Robins to prominence.

Cut around the end of 1954 or the beginning of '55 at Master Recorders in L.A., Smokey Joe's Café was another humorous Leiber/Stoller vignette. Jerry crafted the ominous tale around a real-life greasy spoon at Beverly Boulevard and La Cienega, describing unrequited love over a bowl of chili beans served by a jealous cook. Gardner delivers it with perfect comic timing, saxist Gil Bernal holds the intro note to his salacious solo for an eternity, and Barney Kessel's back-alley guitar adds the bluesy connecting riff on the breaks.

Out on Spark in August with a Gardner-led ballad, Just Like A Fool, on the B-side, it might have only made a West Coast splash had Atlantic's Nesuhi Ertegun, knocked out by the song and Spark's catalog, not introduced Leiber and Stoller to his cohorts. Atlantic picked up Smokey Joe's Café and put it out on its new Atco imprint that October. It climbed to #10 on 'Billboard's R&B 'Juke Box' list and #79 pop. Atlantic brought Leiber and Stoller aboard as independent producers. But The Robins split down the middle when Jerry and Mike spirited Gardner and Nunn away to form The Coasters.

"I stayed with the Robins for a year or two, and I decided that I had to get out of the Robins 'cause it didn't appear to be going to hit the road quick enough," said the late Gardner. "So I got out of the group with the help of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller."

The rest of the group didn't care to relocate to New York, signing with deejay Gene Norman's L.A.-based Whippet label as baritone/bass H.B. Barnum replenished the ranks. The Robins made a number of singles for Whippet, Knight, Arvee and Lavender without much success (Chapman was supplanted by future Phil Spector tenor Bobby Sheen in 1958). Meanwhile, The Coasters were poised for stardom.

- Bill Dahl -

Various Vol.7, Street Corner Symphonies 1955

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