Saturday 27 March 1971


Born: November 19th, 1932, Elgin, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Died: January 17th, 1996, Wandsworth, London, England (United Kingdom)
Nationality: British

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


Harry Robinson (pseudonym of Henry MacLeod Robertson) entered the music business in the late 1950s, when, under the aegis of producer Jack Good, he became musical director of teenage music programmes, firstly Six-Five Special (from 1957 onwards, on BBC), and, two years later, Oh Boy! (on ITV). In these shows, rock ‘n roll music was showcased for the first time on British television. Robinson’s 13-man-band became known as the Lord Rockingham’s XI, including, amongst others, saxophonists Benny Green and Red Price. The band scored a surprise number-1 record with a creation of Robinson, the novelty instrumental ‘Hoots Mon’ (1958).

In the early 1960s, Harry Robinson worked as an arranger and conductor on stage shows (Fings Ain’t Wot They Used t’Be and Maggie May) as well as in the recording business for labels EMI and Decca, helping artists such as Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, and Craig Douglas. He made TV shows with the likes of Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli and The Beatles.

From 1966 onwards, Robinson worked as a film composer for Hammer Film Productions. He specialised in the horror genre, writing the score of movie pictures such as Twins Of Evil (1972) and There Goes The Bride (1980). He also co-write some movie scripts, including Hawk The Slayer (1980) and Prisoners Of The Lost Universe (1982). Moreover, he co-composed the music to the musical on the life of Elvis Presley which premiered on London's West End in 1977 as well as writing advertisement jingles.


Harry Robinson was the conductor of the UK entry to the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest in Cannes, ‘Are You Sure?’, which was performed by The Allisons and finished runner-up behind Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Pascal. Robinson never returned to the international contest, but conducted two more songs in the UK pre-selection: ‘The Girl Next Door’ for Craig Douglas (1961) and ‘My Kingdom For A Girl’ for Doug Sheldon (1962). The latter song was co-composed by Robinson.


Country – United Kingdom
Song title – "Are You Sure?"
Rendition – The Allisons (Colin Day / John Alford)
Lyrics – The Allisons
Composition – The Allisons
Studio arrangement – Harry Robinson
Live orchestration – Harry Robinson
Conductor – Harry Robinson
Score – 2nd place (24 votes)

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