John Robinson (drummer)

John Frederick Robinson known professionally as John "JR" Robinson (born December 29, 1954 in Creston, Iowa)[1] is an American drummer and session musician. He is known for his work with Quincy Jones, including Michael Jackson's multiplatinum Off the Wall album and the charity single "We Are the World".

John Robinson
Birth nameJohn Frederick Robinson
Born (1954-12-29) December 29, 1954 (age 65)
Creston, Iowa, U.S.
GenresRock, funk, pop
Years active1978–present
LabelsWarner Bros.
Associated actsRufus and Chaka Khan, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, George Benson, David Foster, Richard Marx, Wilson Phillips, Daft Punk, Peter Frampton

Robinson attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has released two solo albums: Funkshui (2004) and Platinum (2007). He was inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame in 2005.

Robinson has played on dozens of film soundtracks, including Grand Canyon, ER, My Cousin Vinny, Jerry Maguire, The Bodyguard, Independence Day, Man of Steel, Space Jam, That Thing You Do!, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Also formed the short-lived band Bridge 2 Far (1989) with Singer Mark Williamson and the trio TRW with guitarist Michael Thompson and singer Mark Williamson.

Robinson hosts the "Vinyl Night" radio show at EnterTalk Radio.[2]


With RufusEdit

As sidemanEdit


  1. ^ "John JR Robinson". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "Vinyl Night Radio Show with drummer John "JR" Robinson". EnterTalk Radio. Retrieved April 20, 2019.

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