Posted by themusicsover on January 7, 2012
April 16, 1917 – January 7, 2011
Bobby Robinson was a pioneering R&B and later, hip-hop record producer, as well as a longtime record store owner. He opened Bobby’s Record Shop in 1946, making it the first Black-owned business on Harlem’s famous 125th Street. The store and cultural landmark remained open until he was forced to close in 2008 due to his landlord’s desire to raze and rebuild at that spot. As a producer, Robinson had a hand in creating a string of R&B and hip-hop hits that stretched from the early ’50s through the mid ’80s. The list of greats that he enjoyed success with includes Gladys Knight & The Pips, Lee Dorsey, The Shirelles, Elmore James, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Kool Moe Dee, and Doug E. Fresh. Bobby Robinson was 93 when he passed away on January 7, 2011.
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Posted by themusicsover on December 1, 2009
December 24, 1924 – December 1, 1986
Lee Dorsey was a New Orleans R&B singer whose upbeat party sound made him a favorite of the genre. Before he began his career in music, Dorsey was a successful prizefighter during the 1950s. By the early ’60s, he was working with legendary New Orleans musician and producer, Allen Toussaint. Dorsey’s first Toussaint-produced hit came in 1961 with the release of “Ya-Ya,” which made it to #7 on the Billboard singles chart. After leaving the music business for a few years to work as a car mechanic, Dorsey returned with a vengeance in 1965. Over the next several years, he released such classic records as “Working In A Coal Mine,” and “Yes We Can.” In 1980, Dorsey opened for the Clash on their legendary U.S. Tour. In more recent years, Dorsey’s songs have been covered by the likes of Devo, Petula Clark, the Pointer Sisters, and John Lennon. Lee Dorsey was 61 when he died of emphysema on December 1, 1986.
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