Roscoe Robinson’s tenor voice is at home in many genres. He sang with the finest of Gospel groups, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama as well as The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. He has the know-how that keeps a Deep Soul ballad from becoming a schmaltzy tune. And he knew how to put the right amount of urgency into a Soul piece like “I’m Burning and Yearning For You.” In a nutshell, Roscoe Robinson has talent galore.
Roscoe Robinson was born 1928 in Arkansas. In the late 30’s his family moved to Indiana where, now in his early teens, he began singing with several Gospel groups. He started recording in 1951.
After switching to secular music in the 60’s, he had his first major hit, “That’s Enough,” for Wand in 1966. Before that happened, however, he was trying to make it through a dry spell by founding his own record label named after his wife, Gerri. (You’ll find the story here.)
In the 80’s he returned to his Gospel roots and recorded several albums.
His early recordings spanning from 1965 – 1965 are available on the fantastic collection “Why Must It End.” It was released in 2009 by Soulscape.
Today’s pick is the flip side of “That’s Enough,” the song he first recorded for his own Gerri label in 1965 but only became a hit after being released by Wand a year later.