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Don Robey
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Birth: Nov. 1, 1903
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 16, 1975
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA

Record Producer, Songwriter, Executive. Real name Donald D. Robey. A native of Houston, Texas, he was the founder of the Peacock Records Label Company, which was responsible for starting, signing, or managing the careers of some of music's biggest stars. The label's many talents included, Elvis Presley, James Booker, Memphis Slim, Betty Carter, Carl Carlton, Inez Andrews, Sonny Criss, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, Roy Head, Lionel Hampton, Ruth Brown, Jackie Verdell, The Inspirations, Little Frankie Lee, Al "TNT" Bragg, Bud Harper, Johnny Ace, Johnny Otis, Bobby Bland, Junior Parker, Rosco Gordon, Louis Jordan, T-Bone Walker, Little Richard, and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. Besides blues and R&B musicians, the company also managed successful gospel artists such as The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Sensational Nightingales, The Loving Sisters, The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers, Reverend Cleophus Robinson, and The Gospelaires of Dayton, Ohio. Some of the their chart toppers included "Hound Dog", "I'll Take Care of You", "Be Ever Wonderful", "Pledging My Love", "Tell Me Why", "Sweet Lorraine", "Blue Monday", "Nothing In The World", "Crying Man", "This Evening", "You're Gonna Make Me Cry", "Next Time You See Me", and several others. Under the name of Deadric Malone, Robey is also credited with co-writing the song, "Farther Up The Road" with Joe Medwich Veasey, which was initially a hit for Bobby "Blue" Bland in 1957, and later became a live staple for Eric Clapton. He began his music career while growing up in Houston's black business community, where he worked as a taxicab business manager, and as a professional gambler. He later moved to Los Angeles, California, where he managed the Harlem Grill nightclub before returning to Houston. He opened the Bronze Peacock Dinner Club in 1945, and by 1947 the Peacock Records Label Company was born. Later, Robey acquired Duke Records of Memphis, and he merged that company with Peacock, naming it simply Duke-Peacock. His other business ventures included the founding of Back Beat Records and the opening of the Buffalo Booking Agency. In 1973, he sold the Duke-Peacock Record Label to ABC-Dunhill Records, but he continued on with the label as a consultant. Don Robey died from a heart attack in his native Houston in 1975. After his death, the ABC-Dunhill Records including Robey's Duke-Peacock legacy was acquired by MCA Records. Of Mr. Robey, Jerry Leiber of the famed songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, once said that Robey was a gangster who managed his various entertainment enterprises using violence, the threat of violence, and murder. 
 
Burial:
Paradise North Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
 
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Record added: Feb 10, 2013
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Don Robey
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Don Robey
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