CARSON ROBINSON d1957. American country music singer-songwriter. Although his impact is generally forgotten today, he played a major role in promoting country music in its early years through numerous recordings and radio appearances. He was also known as Charles Robison and sometimes composed under the pseudonym Carlos B. McAfee. In 1932, he started his own band, Carl Robison's Pioneers (later renamed The Buckaroos) and continued touring and recording through the 1930-1940s. It was during this period that he made some of the earliest tours of a country musician in the British Isles, appearing there in 1932 / 1936 and 1938. According to Billboard, his 1942 recording of the standard "Turkey in The Straw" was that year's top selling country recording. In the late 1940s and early 1950s he appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. His most famous recording was "Life Gets Tee-Jus Don't It", a 1948 worldwide hit for MGM Records. Although he played country music for most of his career, he is also remembered for writing the lyrics for "Barnacle Bill the Sailor" with music composed by Frank Luther. Also, in 1956, he recorded the novelty rock & roll song "Rockin' and Rollin' With Grandmaw." He died aged 66 on March 24th 1957.
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