Monday, February 27, 2012

Start To Jump

Stan Robinson

Start To Jump
(S. Robinson, Brynmawr ASCAP)

Totsy Records



Georgian Stan Robinson was one of the first artists signed in 1959 to Fred Foster's Monument Records, a label newly formed in Nashville. "Boom-a-Dip-Dip,", his first record for the label, was a hit in the spring of 1959 (#83 on the charts.).

In 1962-63, he was a member of the Appalachians on ABC Records. Member of the group was Priscilla Mitchell, wife of country singer, songwriter, and session guitarist Jerry Reed Hubbard.

After four years on the road, and finding no fame, he retired from the music business to settle in Atlanta. In 1965 he met Nashville native Nancy Bradley at a hootenanny and soon they married. They spent years as partners in a local clothing business in Atlanta.

He discouraged his sons Chris and Rich from becoming professional musicians, but by 1984 they had formed the band Mr. Crowe's Garden (named for a favorite childhood fairy tale). This group evolved into the Black Crowes, with Chris dropping out of college along the way. Their debut album, Shake Your Money Maker (Number 4, 1990), sold a million copies and won them Best New American Band in the Rolling Stone readers and critics polls.

Stan Robinson Discography

59 Monument 402 : Boom-A-Dip-Dip / My Heart Beats
59 Monument 405 : N-U-T-H-I-N-G / If I Were A Fool
60 Totsy : Start To Jump / St. James Infirmary Blues
60 Amy 810 : Can She Give You Fever / Rhinoceros
61 Amy 818 : North, South, East, West / Exodus Of Pepe

As a member of The Appalachians (all produced by Felton Jarvis) :

62 ABC 10331: Cleopatra Queen Of The Nile/All My Trials, Lord
63 ABC 10419 Bony Maronie /It Takes A Man
63 ABC 10464 Big Betty / Hilly-Billy-Ding-Dong-Choo-Choo
63 ABC 10498 Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Over Yonder



  1. Interesting story and a great cut. What do you know about the Totsy label? I couldn't find anything.

  2. Usually, the song's publisher lead to useful information. But not in this case.

    Brynmawr, ASCAP (or Bryn Mawr) is the publisher of two Rusty Draper songs released on Mercury and recorded in New-York in 1958/1959.

    - Gamblin’ Gal (wr. R.D. Farrell & Harry Dupree)
    - Don’t Forget Your Shoes (wr ?, ASCAP database not very useful...)

    Arranger for the New-York sessions is Clyde Otis.

    My guess is that R.D. Farrell is probably an alias for Rusty (Draper) Farrell.

    Writer -and pianist- Harry Dupree (aka Harry Dapeer) biggest hit (english lyrics from a portuguese song) was "Lisbon Antiqua" (Nelson Riddle Orchestra, 1955). He was a member of Associated Musicians of Greater New York (AFM local 802).

    But the trail stops there for now. I can't find any other records issued on Totsy or any other songs published by Bryn Mawr.

    BTW, Bryn Mawr (pronounced /ˌbrɪnˈmɑːr/ from Welsh for "big hill") is also the name of a Pennsylvania town.

  3. Thanks for the additional info.

    Rusty Draper - real name Farell H Draper - recorded for Monument (1962).

    I'm betting that Totsy was an east coast label. When did Monument move to Nashville? I wonder if there was a Fred Foster tie in to the publishing company?

    Guess they're are more questions than answers on this one.