Dee Robb

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Dee Robb being interviewed in the Cherokee studio by Gerrad Hall. 2013. MusicPlus TV | tc189

The recording “The Prom” (written by Del Shannon)/”Bye Bye Baby” by Dee Robb issued on Argo 5439 is actually by a band formed by brothers David Donaldson (Dee Robb), Robert Donaldson (Bruce Robb) and George Donaldson (Joe Robb). The band made a number of records under the names Dee Robb, Robby & the Robins, and Dee Robb & the Robins. After recording for Chess they recorded for Mercury and Atlantic but without huge success.

The Robb brothers are much better known for their work at their recording studio, which they set up originally in a Californian barn, and which attracted musicians and singers including Del Shannon; with success, they moved the studio to Los Angeles and named it Cherokee Studios, where artists of the calibre of Al Green and Steely Dan recorded; the Robb Brothers are thus associated with more than 200 gold or platinum records.

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