Robins' Grady Chapman Tribute

Grady Chapman, great tenor lead of the Robins died January 4, 2011 of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital.  According to Grady's daughter, Tanya, he was 81, having been born in Greenville, SC on October 1, 1929.  Grady joined the Robins in 1952.  He first recorded with the Robins on the RCA Victor label in 1953.  Grady is heard leading many of the groups' classic recordings on RCA Victor, including "How Would You Know," "Oh Why," "My Heart's The Biggest Fool," and "Ten Days In Jail."
 

Grady Chapman leading the Robins on "Oh Why"
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Grady Chapman leading the Robins on "How Would You Know"
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Grady also led the Robins on "Whadaya Want" and "I Love Paris" on the Spark label.


Grady Chapman leading the Robins on "Whadaya Want"
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


When the Robins split in late 1955, with two members leaving to form the Coasters, Grady stayed with the Robins, who then signed with Gene Norman's Whippet label.  Gene had his own TV show on Los Angeles' Channel 9 and named his record label Whippet after his dog, Boris.


Grady Chapman (left) and the Robins with
Gene Norman (bottom), owner of the Whippet label.
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Grady's distinctive tenor voice led the Robins on "Since I First Met You" (Whippet label).


Grady Chapman leading the Robins on "Since I First Met You"
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Robins' sheet music.
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Solo record by Grady Chapman
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Solo record by Grady Chapman
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Grady Chapman backed by the Sheps, UGHA Hall of Fame, April 8, 1995.
(Photo by Pamela Horner.  From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Grady Chapman backed by the Sheps, UGHA Hall of Fame, April 8, 1995.
(Photo by Pamela Horner.  From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Ronnie I presenting plaques to the Robins, UGHA Hall of Fame, April 8, 1995.
Grady Chapman on far right.
(Photo by Pamela Horner.  From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Page from UGHA Hall of Fame booklet.
Autographed by Grady Chapman (bottom),
Tye Leonard and Bill Richards.
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


To see a YouTube video of Grady Chapman leading the Robins on "How Would You Know" at a PORCC show in 1998, click below.




 

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