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Subject: the great Red Robinson

Dale (rest well friend)
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Date Posted: Sun April 09, 2023 17:50:52

The great Red Robinson, D.J. extraordinaire and member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame has passed, age 86.

Red began his amazing rock and roll journey in 1954 at the tender age of 16. Soon after being given a shot at playing
"the kid's music" one hour a week, he became the first full time rock and roll dj in Canada.

Even prior to hearing the SUN records era of Elvis, Red cultivated a rabid following of teen listeners yearning for a sound to call their own.

Mr. Robinson took a job on the U.S. west coast, and as luck would have it, was drafted and served in the U.S. military.

Red made hundreds of strong friendships in his more than 60 years career in broadcasting, and was liked and admired by many of the greatest performers of the rock era.

He introduced Elvis to a crowd of more than 20,000 at the same stadium that only a couple of years earlier was the scene of the first sub 4 minute mile in major competition. Elvis' performance was one of the very few beyond the U.S. border.

A few short years later, Red hosted and introduced the Beatles at the same venue, where the mania nearly overtook the local police. At one critical moment, Red took the mic mid show to ask for calm as some kids were being squashed near the stage. Red was always proud that few ended up being hurt, and that John Lennon had told him to get the F off the stage!

Red built a true relationship with his listeners over the decades that followed, always lending a hand to promote and often host charity functions and telethons to benefit sick kids hospital and other great causes.

I will always think of him as an open and kind person, easy to talk to if not surrounded by fans. I would marvel at the fact that he was true and genuine conduit to the birth of the music we all love.

The silver lining of his passing is that he can once again
pal around with the likes of Buddy, Elvis, Jerry Lee, Chuck,
Fats, Richard, and hundreds of other founders of his, and our favourite music.

So Long Red... you will always be missed.

Robert "Red" Robinson March 20 1937 - April 1 2023

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Re: the great Red RobinsonLarry Zinter (sad)Mon April 10, 2023 11:41:40

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