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date: 05 August 2020

Robinson, Bobby locked

(16 Apr. 1917–7 Jan. 2011), music impresario and record producer,
  • Mark Steven Maulucci

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was born Morgan Clyde Robinson in Union, South Carolina. His grandparents were former slaves and he was raised on a farm. Robinson was drafted into the army in 1942 and was stationed in Hawaii. He served as an entertainment officer procuring acts both big and small to entertain the troops. This was his introduction to the music business and remained his passion. He had also developed a side project in the army where he would loan money to fellow soldiers. He referred to himself as a “loan shark” and saved a significant amount of money from his earnings.

He relocated to New York City s Harlem neighborhood after World War II and bought a hat shop with $2 500 of his savings from the army The shop was located on 125th Street which was the cultural center of Harlem The legendary Apollo Theater was just down the street and Robinson ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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