ROBERTS, ROCKIN' ROBIN

Homebase: Tacoma, WA
Stats: (B. 11/23/1940  New York, NY - d. 12/22/1967 San Mateo, CA)
Misc Notes: Lawrence Fewell Roberts III. The backing band for Roberts' recordings was The Wailers of Tacoma. Two of Roberts' recordings can be found listed under The Wailers [Etiquette ET-1, and ET-26.]
SEE ALSO:
1.) ROBERTS, ROBIN
2.) WAILERS, The

"'ROCKIN' ROBIN ROBERTS"
by Peter Blecha
[Courtesy and copyright, 2009, HistoryLink.org]

A founding father of Northwest rock 'n' roll, Tacoma's "Rockin' Robin" Roberts initially sang with that town's trailblazing 1950s white rhythm & blues combo, the Blue Notes. But in mid-1959 he was lured away by their crosstown rivals, the Wailers, who had mainly been known for their role in helping define the original Northwest rock sound, which consisted largely of instrumental tunes. His addition to their lineup proved to be a wise move: Roberts's energetic manner, riveting voice, and deep knowledge of R&B music all combined to make him as charismatic a front man as the Pacific Northwest would ever produce. Ever ambitious, Roberts was a key instigator in pushing his fellow band members to form their own record company, an unprecedented move for a teenaged group. Etiquette Records' debut release -- the earliest garage-rock version of "Louie Louie," and one that featured Roberts's electrifying vocals -- became a number one, region-wide radio hit in 1961 (and again in 1962), and can be credited with inspiring legions of later bands. Sadly, though, Roberts -- who more than any other individual embodied the frenetic spirit of the early Northwest rock scene -- would die far too young. [READ MORE...]

"'ROCKIN' ROBIN ROBERTS DIES IN AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT ON DECEMBER 22, 1967"
by Peter Blecha [Courtesy and copyright, 2009, HistoryLink.org]

On December 22, 1967, Lawrence Fewell "Rockin' Robin" Roberts II (1940-1967) perishes from injuries he sustains as a passenger in a car crash on the Bayshore Freeway in San Mateo, California. Roberts is best remembered by fans of Northwest rock 'n' roll as the frenetic singer who in 1960 helps transform an obscure rhythm & blues song -- Los Angeles musician Richard Berry's 1957 ditty, "Louie Louie" -- into a garage-rock hit with his band, the Wailers. Although Roberts also will record other great tunes with the group (including "Since You Been Gone"), "Louie Louie" will prove to be his lasting claim to fame after it becomes a number one regional radio hit in 1961 and then again in 1962. In 1963, Portland's Kingsmen famously copy Roberts's version and score an international hit with "Louie Louie." [READ MORE...]

The Wailers' Kent Morrill and Robin Roberts  -- plus their dates -- at dinner on Prom Night 1962.

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LABEL
SERIAL
DATE
#ET-ALB-1
1962 - 05

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RECORDING STUDIO: Recorded Live
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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 12"
SPEED: 33 1/3 rpm
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Side one, Track #4 on album The Fabulous Wailers At The Castle

COMPOSER: R. Roberts
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LOCATION:
RECORDING PERSONNEL:
RECORDING STUDIO: Recorded Live
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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 12"
SPEED: 33 1/3 rpm
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Side one, Track #5 on album The Fabulous Wailers At The Castle

COMPOSER: R. Roberts
 PUBLISHER:

MISC NOTES: Serial Number on label = ET-45-0290. Artist credit on labels = Rockin' Robin Roberts with the Fabulous Wailers.

LOCATION: Tacoma, WA
RECORDING PERSONNEL: Rockin' Robin Roberts (vocals); The Wailers [instruments]
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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
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Known Label Designs:
1RA.) A - B retail disc.  First label design. Red label background. Black  logo, numerals and lettering.

"Louie Louie" Album Reissues:
2000. As Rockin' Robin And The Wailers. Disc one, track #6 on cd compilation album Wild And Wooly: The Northwest Collection (Experience Music Project EMPCD 001)

A-SIDE MATRIX:
1RA.) ET 45 - 0290 - A   L 20562 (etched wax); None (label)
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
1RA.) None
A-SIDE COMPOSER: R. Berry
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Limax  Music (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX:
1RA) ET 45 - 0290 - B  L20562 - X (etched wax); None (label)
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
1RA) None
B-SIDE COMPOSER: Robin Roberts
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Valet Pub. Co. (BMI)

MISC NOTES: Studio recording of  "Rosalie." Song originally issued only in "live" format on 1962  lp The Fabulous Wailers At The Castle (ET - ALB - 1)

Black and white photo picture sleeve.

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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
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A-SIDE MATRIX: 45-ET-86-1
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ET - 86A  U - 38143 M -A (etched wax)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: R. Roberts
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Valet Publ. Co. [BMI]

 

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