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The Music of J. Russel Robinson
July 14, 2021
Explore the music of the Hoosier songwriter J. Russel Robinson, an important figure in early jazz and blues music. Robinson was born in Indianapolis, and began composing hit songs while he was still a student at Shortridge High School. Some of the biggest stars in American music recorded Robinson’s songs, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Judy Garland, Ray Charles, and more.