When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)
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"When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)" was a 1926 popular song written, both words and music, by Harry Woods. The song was a hit for singers "Whispering" Jack Smith, Cliff Edwards and the band the Ipana Troubadors. The most successful recording of 1926 was by Al Jolson.
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The song became the signature song for singer and actress Lillian Roth, who performed it often during the height of her musical career from the late 1920s to the late 1930s. It was later performed by Susan Hayward, playing Roth, in the 1955 biographical film about Roth, I'll Cry Tomorrow.
The song helped inspire the name of the American casual dining restaurant chain Red Robin: the owner of the original restaurant, in the University District of Seattle, sang in a barbershop quartet which frequently sang the song, and in the 1940s he renamed his restaurant "Sam's Red Robin".
The English rugby club Hull K.R. use an edited version of the song as their club anthem.
The song appears in the 1952 film Has Anybody Seen My Gal?, sung by Charles Coburn, Gigi Perreau, and Lynn Bari.
Rosemary Clooney performs the song in an episode of her 1956–1957 television series.