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Earl Robinson

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Earl Hawley Robinson was a central participant in the first recognition and advancement of American folk music. He was created on July 2, 1910 in Seattle, Washington. From an early on age his mom ensured that he, together with his two siblings, received a significant musical education. Between your three kids, they performed piano, acoustic guitar, flute, viola, violin, saxophone, and clarinet. By age six, Robinson was improvising within the piano, so that it was small shock that he made a decision to main in music when he signed up for the University or college of Seattle in 1928. After graduation in 1933, he journeyed to China and proved helpful his in the past to america by employing himself being a pianist with an sea liner. In 1934, he found its way to NEW YORK, wanting to involve himself in still left-=wing activity like the Little Communist League as well as the Employees Laboratory Movie theater (later referred to as the Movie theater of Actions). Through the summertime of 1936 he proved helpful because the musical movie director at Camp Unity, and it had been there he constructed “Joe Hill.” While carrying on his activity at summertime camps, he also started composing for the Government Movie theater Project in the past due 1930s, and led the People’s Chorus on the International Employees Purchase. Robinson reached an early on career top in 1939 when he composed “Ballad for Us citizens” with John Latouche for the finish from the play, Sing woman Supper. Once the Functions Improvement Administration (a authorities program) turn off, CBS rescued “Ballad for Us citizens” because of its Pursuit of Pleasure radio plan in the last mentioned section of 1939. Within the epic tune, the vocalist paints a mythical family portrait from the American people throughout background. Performed by actor-singer Paul Robeson, this program was a smashing achievement, resulting in a recording from the tune supported by Robinson’s American Individuals Chorus. Surprisingly, also the conservative Visitors Break down praised it as valuable propaganda. The achievement of “Ballad for Us citizens” also helped Robinson get a Guggenheim fellowship to make a musical edition of Carl Sandburg’s INDIVIDUALS, Yes. His skill being a article writer also impressed Eleanor Roosevelt, who asked the signer to execute at her politics functions. Through the 1940s, Robinson transferred to Hollywood where he composed for television, movies, movie theater, and radio. He composed songs for Love of Rosie Ridge and California, and constructed a musical rating for the documentary The Roosevelt Tale. In the 1950s, he made up a folk opera, Sandhog, and obtained the music for the overall Motors film, Giants within the Property. Robinson worked because the musical movie director in the Elisabeth Irwin SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL from 1957 to 1966 in NEW YORK, and carried out the Expansion Chorus in the University or college of California from 1967 to 1969. After 1969, he made up the music for several television shows like the Great Man’s Whiskers as well as the Journeys of Huckleberry Finn. Robinson came back to his house in Seattle in 1989 where he continuing to compose abstract compositions until his loss of life from a car incident in 1991.

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Date Of Birth July 2, 1910
Profession Baseball player
Education University of Washington
Nationality American
Children Perry Robinson
Awards Academy Honorary Award, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Music Songs Black and White, The House I Live In, Joe Hill, The Lonesome Train, Old Abe Lincoln, Free and Equal Blues, Ballad of the Lead Platoon, One Little Job, The Platoon Started Out, Six-Mile Walk, Texas Division Blues, They Met Hitler's Best, Texas Girl / From Here on Up / Train Song, Trouble A-Coming, Drill Ye Tarriers Drill, The Quilting Bee, Hold Fast to Your Dream, A Man's a Man for a' That, Casey Jones, Texas Division, My Fisherman, My Laddie-O, My True Love, Red Toupee, The Wild Goose, Ballad for Americans, Jefferson and Liberty, Farmer Is the One, Free Amerikay, Seneca Canoe Song With Words of Chief Seattle, Bennington Rifles, We're in the Same Boat Brother, Walk in the Sun
Albums A Walk in the Sun - And Other Songs and Ballads, Das andere Amerika, Americana, Strange, Unusual Evening: A Santa Barbara Story, Frozen Logger, Songs of the Working People: From the American Revolution to the Civil War, Alive and Well, Earl Robinson Sings, Ein Porträt
Movies People of the Cumberland, The Negro Soldier, Hell-Bent for Election, The House I Live In, A Walk in the Sun, Man from Texas, Huckleberry Finn, The Roosevelt Story, Muscle Beach, Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile


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#Fact
1 The gap in credits between 1948 and 1971 tells it all - he was a victim of the McCarthy anti-Communist inquisition.
2 He never really recanted his progressive views and in the mid 70s was a student of Werner Erhard's "est," and wrote a song dedicated to Werner and extolling "est," which he presented at a monster "est" event at the Oakland Coliseum.
3 When America, Preferred (1941) was filmed, he was a private in the 72nd Air Base Group, Moffet Field, California.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The House I Live In 2012 Documentary writer: "THE HOUSE I LIVE IN"
Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind 2007 Documentary writer: "Joe Hill"
My Name Is Earl 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 TV Movie documentary music: "The House I Live In" - uncredited
Something to Talk About 1995 music: "California or Bust"
Baseball TV Mini-Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode, 1994 music - 1 episode, 1994
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983 Documentary music: "The House I Live In" 1942 - uncredited
Sinatra: Concert for the Americas 1982 Video music: "The House I Live In" - uncredited
John Wilson's Mini-Musicals 1981 Video writer: "Black & White"
Killer of Sheep 1978 writer: "The House I Live in"
Frank Sinatra: The Main Event 1974 TV Movie documentary music: "The House I Live In" - uncredited
Black & White 1972 Short writer: "Black & White"
Joe Hill 1971 music: "Joe Hill"
Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring 1971 TV Movie music: "Different Day"
Carry It On 1970 Documentary writer: "Joe Hill"
Woodstock 1970 Documentary writer: "Joe Hill"
The Dean Martin Show 1966 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Frank Sinatra Show 1957 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Frank Sinatra Show TV Series music - 2 episodes, 1950 - 1951 writer - 1 episode, 1951
Alias Nick Beal 1949 writer: "Said I To My Heart, Said I"
California 1947 music: "CALIFORNIA", "CALIFORNIA OR BUST", "I SHOULD 'A STOOD IN MASSACHUSETTS", "THE GOLD RUSH", "LILY-I-LAY-DE-O", "SAID I TO MY HEART, SAID I"
A Walk in the Sun 1945 music: "The Ballads", "It Was Just a Little Walk in the Sun" uncredited, "These are the Men of the Texas Division, United" uncredited, "Waiting" uncredited, "This Is the Story of One Little Job" uncredited
The House I Live In 1945 Short music: "The House I Live In"
Follow the Boys 1944 music: "The House I Live In" 1942
Hell-Bent for Election 1944 Short music: "We're Going to Win the War"
Born to Sing 1942 music: "Ballad for Americans"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy in the Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile 1979 TV Short
Huckleberry Finn 1975 TV Movie
The Great Man's Whiskers 1972 TV Movie
Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring 1971 TV Movie
More Than Words 1959 Short
Muscle Beach 1948 Documentary short
Man from Texas 1948
The Roosevelt Story 1947 Documentary
The Negro Soldier 1944 Documentary short uncredited
Hell-Bent for Election 1944 Short
The People of the Cumberland 1937 Documentary short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joe Hill 1971 composer: song "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night"
Uptight 1968 music coordinator
Muscle Beach 1948 Documentary short singer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Earl Robinson: Ballad of an American 1994 Documentary Himself
A Visit with Earl Robinson 1965 TV Short Himself
America, Preferred 1941 Short documentary Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1946 Honorary Award Academy Awards, USA The House I Live In (1945) · Frank Ross
· Mervyn LeRoy
· Albert Maltz
· Lewis Allan
· Frank Sinatra


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