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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6 comments on “Episode 0006: Red Robinson

  1. Leslie Ladd Mar 20, 2019

    This was an exciting podcast by two brilliant men. I especially loved the Elvis stories. Thanks for some fun listening.

  2. Laura J. Rothschild Mar 22, 2019

    It would be a better world if every other person took time out for Sounds and Vision, the relatively new podchat from Andrew Loog Oldham. If you’re too young or misguided to know who he is, drop the gurus, life coaches, “colleges,” and “influencers,” and listen to these discussions. Then go out and read ALO’s books. You’ll be set for life, or at least on your way.

    In Sounds and Vision, ALO brings us in contact with true influencers from several different generations. Their stories, like Andrew’s, are not manufactured, and provide remarkable insights into the evolution of popular culture over the past 75 years. Enjoy this privileged view of things you’ve only heard about, and be reminded why it’s important we try to save the good stuff.

  3. David Williams Mar 22, 2019


    This is the podcast we’ve ( I’ve) been waiting for. Vintage, in every sense, Andrew Loog Oldham and guest, Red Robinson, rambling and reminiscing about the artists and the music that they knew and, in some cases, knew very well.

    Just fascinating.

    Thank you!

  4. David Williams Mar 22, 2019

    …and spot on as far as Rogers Waters is concerned…..

  5. David Williams Mar 22, 2019

    Oldham……..”If Jack Nitzsce hadn’t done Lonely Surfer, there wouldn’t be Bittersweet Symphony. I was copying Jack Nitzsce.”


  6. I must say that it is a stretch for me to sit through an hour and twenty minutes of conversation, but I was hooked in the first five minutes !
    Like a good book that you just cannot put down, so goes this podcast with Red
    and Andrew.
    Wonderful ! Thank you

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