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When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)

"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 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.

"When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)"
Song
Published 1926
Songwriter(s) Harry Woods

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Notable recordingsEdit

The song was a hit in 1926 for: "Whispering" Jack Smith; Cliff Edwards; Paul Whiteman; and the band the Ipana Troubadors (vocal by Franklyn Baur). The most successful recording in 1926 however was by Al Jolson.[1] Jolson recorded it again on December 5, 1947 for Decca Records.[2]

Also in the 1950s, a version was released by Peter Pan Records, with "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" on the reverse side of the single.

Film appearancesEdit

In popular cultureEdit

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".[8]

The English football club Charlton Athletic play Billy Cotton's version of the song as the team come out on to the pitch at their home ground The Valley.

The English rugby club Hull K.R. use an edited version of the song as their club anthem.

Rosemary Clooney performs the song in an episode of her 1956–1957 television series.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 608. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  2. ^ Goldman, Herbert G. (1988). Jolson - The Legend Comes to Life. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 390. ISBN 0-19-506329-5. 
  3. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 123. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  5. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  8. ^ Red Robin History
  9. ^ Crossland, Ken (2013). Late Life Jazz - The Life and Career of Rosemary Clooney. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 223. ISBN 978-0-19-979857-5.