From the South Bronx of New York to the rock strewn shores of the Bay of Fundy, Dutch Robinson’s musical path has been a long and winding one. As lead singer of the Funky R&B Group, “The Ohio Players”, Dutch toured, recorded and appeared on Soul Train and the Tonight Show with The Ohio Players. He co-wrote all of their material while with the group and performed The Ohio Player version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, which was requested at Judy Garland’s funeral.
Ducth launched a solo career in 1977. His fi rst solo album, Nothin’s Got Me (United Artists Records), laid low until October 2002 when Grammy-award wining Bone Thugs-N Harmony, decided to sample the title tack on Thug World Order. The song, Money, Money has been featured on Soul Train, Jenny Jones, BET Rap City and Much Music Vibes.
After having worked with the likes of Tommy Motolla, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Melba Morre, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and Curtis Mayfield, it’s hard to imagine why Dutch shifted gears and sought a new start in Canada.
He became involved in the Black Theatre Workshop in Montreal, and worked with Famous People Players in Toronto. Dutch appeared on Electric Circus, Due South, Black Harbour, Canada AM, and Treehouse’s - Ants In Your Pants. His voice is also featured on cirque du Solel’s Grammy nominated album, Allegria and the Due South Soundtrack, Volume 2.
Dutch Robinson is smooth as butter, as his fi ve-octave voice makes the ladies scream. Singer of singers and songwriter of songs, there is only one Dutch Robinson. Yet he has paid tribute to souls giant Marvin Gaye in a way none else would even dare. In the early 1990’s, Dutch stared in Dream of A Lifetime, a musical theatrical production about the life of Marvin Gaye, featured in New York, Montreal, Toronto and the Bernard Shaw Theatre, in London, England.
Links to the Maritimes have been part of Dutch’s career for years, long before he moved here in 1998. He performed the title track on Joe Sealy’s Africville Suite, written by Dan Hill and featured in an Adrienne Clarkson CBC special. Dutch headlined at the Rebecca Cohn’s International Gospel Festival in 1992, along with the Winans, Staple Singers, Odetta, and Etta James. Dutch was special guest performer on Hallelujah, hosted by Jackie Richardson, 1996 and 1977.
Dutch performed with the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, including a show with Nova Scotia Symphony at the Rebecca Cohn in 1993, and at Brookes Diamond’s Jubilee in 2000, where he received a standing ovation of 10,000 people at the Halifax Metro Center. Dutch is no stranger to the ECMA. He also wooed the industry with his impromptu concert in the Delta Lobby that same year. In 2003, Dutch performed with Universal Soul on the televised ECMA Awards Show.