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Don Robertson

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#1 Don Robertson (born Donald Irwin Robertson, December 5, 1922, Beijing, China) was an American songwriter and pianist, mostly in the country and popular music genres.

He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972. As a performer, he hit the US Top 10 with “The Happy Whistler” in 1956. The track reached #8 in the UK Singles Chart the same year. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
He composed or co-composed with Hal Blair, many hits for other musicians, including Elvis Presley who recorded over a dozen of Robertson’s songs, five of which appeared in Presley’s numerous films.

#2 Composer Don Robertson, not to be confused with the country music songwriter by the same name, was born in Colorado and began studying music with conductor/pianist Antonia Brico at the early age of 3. He attended Colorado University, Julliard School of Music, and the Institute of Ethnomusicology at UCLA, and has studied composition privately with composer Morton Feldman, counterpoint with Leonard Stein, tabla with Swapan Chaudhuri and Shankar Ghosh, and ragas with David Trasoff.

As one of the first wave of American students of North Indian classical music, he wrote the first instruction book for tabla, published by Peer-Southern International in 1968. At that time he also made his astounding discovery of the base chord for negative music that he named the duochord. Based on this discovery, Don recorded his first album on Mercury Records’ Limelight Label the following year.

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  • extrabigmehdi

    Seems that not much people have access to his music. Artist mentioned by ambient music guide...

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • derrp

    so good

    2 Oct 2010 Reply

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