The Robins

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Decades: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Los Angeles, California, USA-based vocal group was formed in 1947. ‘Ty’ Terrell Leonard (1930, Jackson, Mississippi, USA; tenor) and twins Billy (b. William Gene Richard, 31 January 1928, Crockett, Texas, USA, d. 10 December 2007, Los Angeles, California, USA; baritone) and Roy Richard (b. 11 November 1933, Louisiana, USA, d. 18 October 1978, Orange City, California, USA; baritone) had originally sung together as the A-Sharp Trio, but changed their name to the 4 Bluebirds with the addition of Bobby Nunn (b. Ulysses B. Nunn, 20 September 1925, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 5 November 1986, Los Angeles, California, USA; baritone/bass). This act hooked up with band leader Johnny Otis, when they won second place at a talent contest at his club, The Barrelhouse. After recording a track with Otis and his orchestra for Excelsior Records, they changed their name to the Robins for an Aladdin Records session.

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