Episode 0006: Red Robinson

March 7, 2019

On this episode, Andrew catches up with his Vancouver pal Red Robinson. Red has been said to be the first radio disc jockey to play rock n’ roll music in Vancouver on CJOR. Robinson was emcee for the Elvis Presley show at Empire Stadium in Vancouver in 1957 and for the Beatles in 1964. He also became the program director of two Vancouver radio stations, CFUN from 1962 to 1968 and CJOR from 1968 to 1970.

 

Red has a book that came out in 2016 called Red Robinson: the Last DeeJay.

As emcee of The Beatles’ 8/22/1964 concert at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, he came on the stage during The Beatles portion of the concert and interrupted the show at the behest of Brian Epstein because the crowd was getting too close to the stage. Red was going to make an announcement but before he could, John Lennon told him to “Get the f**k off our stage.”

You’ll hear this story plus stories about Elvis, the Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke and of course the Rolling Stones. 

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Red Robinson in conversation with Andrew Loog Oldham in his office in Vancouver – October 2018.
Andrew Loog Oldham with Bruce Allen and Red Robinson – October 2018

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