Red Robinson's Legends

Red Robinson's Legends

I've interviewed everybody from Buddy Holly to Michael Bublé over a 60 year radio/TV career. Thanks for visiting Red Robinson's Legends, and keep coming back for more!

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May 20, 2022 6 min
I first met Susan Jacks on the set of Let’s Go, Vancouver’s weekly contribution to the CBC TV series Music Hop. The show allowed Canadian talent to get exposure from coast-to-coast on television. Susan was a wonderfully talented, stunningly beautiful lady with a voice like silk. Susan and husband Terry created some of Canada’s most memorable hit records as the Poppy Family. Their hit song “Which Way You Goin’, Billy?” was Vancouve...
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Rock'n'roll pioneer Rick Nelson would have celebrated his 82nd birthday today - May 8. This photo of Rick and me was taken in his car when I worked at KGW in Portland, OR in 1959. Notice the tape recorder. It was called a Mohawk, and like the haircut of the same name, it cut out the interview. When I got back to the station there was nothing on the tape. The same thing happened in 1958 backstage at the PNE Forum, no sound....
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Here's a Christmas favourite from Vancouver's Stonebolt. The "news" voice you hear is another Vancouver favourite: legendary CFUN deejay Daryl B! Stonebolt's David Wills has the story: "I can’t recall exactly whose idea it initially was — likely Daryl's. He was a good friend of our managers at the time, and was very supportive of the band; so much so he even helped promote some of our shows. I believe...
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December 5, 2021 20 min
Happy Birthday, Andy Kim! Andy is from Montreal, where he began singing at parties and school functions as a kid. When he was 14, he traveled to New York, where he met producer Jeff Barry. They produced a dozen chartmakers including "Baby I Love You", Andy's first million-seller. In 1969, Andy had a #1 record, but not under his own name. He was a member of The Archies, and that monster hit was "Sugar, Sugar". A...
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December 2, 2021 12 min
Happy birthday, Freddy Cannon! Freddy's music was a rock'n'roll radio staple in the late 50's and early 60's. His first hit "Tallahassee Lassie" was written by Freddy and producers Bob Crewe and Frank Slay. As Freddy tells me in the interview, the idea for the song came from his mother! Dick Clark (who co-owned Freddy's label Swan Records) suggested the record be edited to highlight the pounding ba...
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On this day in 1964, three months after the Beatles' Empire Stadium concert, British hitmakers The Dave Clark Five arrived in Vancouver! A month after the Beatles smash February performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, the DC5 visited Sullivan and performed their first hit "Glad All Over". They returned the next week with two more songs and an encore of "Glad All Over". The group appeared on Ed Sullivan twelve times...
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November 19, 2021 2 min
With all the excitement surrounding my 2000 "retirement" from the CISL Wakeup Club, another finale last week almost escaped my attention. On the 30th anniversary of my first radio show, I "retired" from the morning show at CKWX (now @CityNewsVAN) to concentrate on my ad agency and other projects. I treasure this photo taken with some old friends on my final day on the air. Sadly, they're all gone now but th...
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November 15, 2021 14 min
Happy birthday, Petula Clark! Petula's huge hit "Downtown" started climbing the charts about this time in 1964, and by January 1965 it was #1 everywhere. Petula followed up with a string of hits emphasizing the softer side of the British Invasion: "I Know a Place", "My Love", "A Sign of the Times", "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love", "Who Am I", "Colour My World", &#...
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November 15, 2021 6 min
Twenty-one years ago last week, I retired from day-to-day radio and we celebrated with friends on CISL's Wakeup Club. Ra McGuire was one of those friends and we talked just before Trooper's 25th anniversary show at the Commodore. In this interview, we cover some of Ra's favourite Trooper music and he comes up with a great retirement project for me! Now it's Ra who's taking life easy. Just got word that he and T...
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November 13, 2021 4 min
Bill Henderson has been part of my musical background since the early days, as part of Vancouver bands The Collectors and Chilliwack. Three members of The C-FUN Classics - Howie Vickberg, Claire Lawrence and Glenn Miller - along with Bill and the late Ross Turney - formed The Collectors in 1966. Howie left the group in 1969, and Chilliwack was born the next year. The group played together for more than 30 years, and produced some...
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November 12, 2021 3 min
Mel Carter's smooth singing voice propelled his million-seller "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" to the #3 spot on the C-FUNtastic 50 in July 1965. His followup single "Band Of Gold" charted in May 1966, but by then the musical tide had turned and Top 40 radio was focused once again on harder-edged rock'n'roll. Mel was a special guest during my final week of CISL Wakeup Club shows and we reminisced in this ...
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November 12, 2021 4 min
Ray Peterson's RCA teen tragedy "Tell Laura I Love Her" topped the charts in 1960. Many radio stations refused to play "Tell Laura I Love Her", fearing the song would incite teens to commit suicide. It was songwriter Jeff Barry's first big pop success. Ray's other hits included "The Wonder of You" (later covered by Elvis), "Missing You," and "Corinna, Corinna" (produced by Phil Sp...
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November 12, 2021 4 min
Jimmie Rodgers was the foremost folksinger and hitmaker of the late 50's. His first smash was "Honeycomb" on Roulette Records in 1957. In the midst of the first stages of rock'n'roll, Jimmie was a winner with his own unique versions of standard folk songs. His version of folk emphasized a background beat that made his music unique. Starting with "Honeycomb" his string of hits lasted until 1967. It'...
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November 12, 2021 4 min
As I wrapped up my daily radio career on CISL's Wakeup Club this week in 2000, I took the opportunity to catch up with some of the friends I met along the way. Howie Vickers and I go all the way back to around this time in 1958 when he and his group The Four Quarters opened for Ritchie Valens at the old International Cinema Theatre on Vancouver's Granville Street. I worked again with Howie on CBC Vancouver's "Let&#...
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November 11, 2021 4 min
It's the twenty-first anniversary of the final week of my day-to-day radio career, and we're catching up with some of the hitmakers on CISL's Wakeup Club! Lenny Welch's wistful romantic ballad "Since I Fell For You" was a huge hit around this time in 1963 and it's a perennial favourite with CISL listeners. In this November 2000 interview, Lenny and I talk about Archie Bleyer, the creative genius behind C...
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November 11, 2021 5 min
When I wrapped up my daily radio career on CISL's Wakeup Club this week in 2000, old friend Lesley Gore was among the first to get in touch. Lesley topped the charts in 1963 with her debut single "It’s My Party,” produced by the legendary Quincy Jones! The song sold more than a million copies. Lesley followed up with "Judy's Turn to Cry", “That’s the Way Boys Are,” “She’s a Fool,” “Maybe I Know,” “Sunshine, Lo...
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November 10, 2021 5 min
Terry Jacks (pictured here with legendary Vancouver DJ Fred Latremouille at Red's Rockin' Gala) is probably best known for his 1974 international multi-million seller "Seasons In The Sun" but he and I go all the way back to 1965 and CBC-TV's Music Hop/Let's Go. In this interview during my final week on CISL's Wakeup Club, Terry tells me how the Poppy Family got started, we reminisce about the "good o...
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November 9, 2021 4 min
The Crystals were one of the most successful "girl groups" of the early 60's with hits like "There's No Other (Like My Baby)", "Uptown", "He's Sure the Boy I Love", "Da Doo Ron Ron", "Then He Kissed Me" and "He's a Rebel", which hit #1 around this time in 1962. In this 2000 interview, Dolores talks about legendary producer Phil Spector and the enduring succes...
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November 9, 2021 4 min
On November 8, 2000, I retired from daily radio and CISL's Wakeup Club morning show. One of the many friends we talked to that day was legendary Canadian singer Anne Murray. Anne had just taken a year off, and I asked her what I should be doing with all this "free time".
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November 8, 2021 5 min
On this day back in 2000, I retired from daily radio and CISL's Wakeup Club morning show. We celebrated all week with calls from Anne Murray, Lesley Gore, Spencer Davis, Terry Jacks, and many more. I couldn't think of a better person to celebrate with than my old friend Pat O'Day. We grew up together in radio, Pat in Seattle and me in Vancouver, and our paths crossed frequently. We were both among a group of pioneer DJ&...
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