Dead items “Sold to the man in Tie Dye”

SAN FRANCISCO — An auction of Grateful Dead memorabilia Tuesday brought in more than $1.1 million for items collected by the band’s longtime road manager. The collection of Lawrence “Ram Rod” Shurtliff included a 1975 cream-colored Travis Bean electric guitar played by the main man, Jerry Garcia, which fetched $312,000, according to Bonhams & Butterfields Auctioneers. Deadheads bidding by phone and in the crowded auction room bid up prices for band photos, original album artwork, guitars and other musical gear RAM ROD collected over decades. A leather guitar strap worn by Garcia on stage about 1973 sold for $20,400 — 4 times the estimated selling price. A flight case containing Garcias picks, unopened guitar strings and other accessories sold for $16,800. RAM ROD died in 2006. He started as a truck driver for the band in 1967 and went on to become president of the group’s board of directors when the Dead incorporated in the 1970s.

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R.I.P. BROTHER RAM ROD

Anyone for some FUNKY SAX?

A saxophone legend, Berklee alum, and all-around funk genius, Sam Kininger is building his fan-base and repertoire simultaneously at clubs across the country. Kininger has been in legendary funk/soul groups since the beginning, including, but not limited to Lettuce, Soulive and the Brotherhood of Groove. As a solo artist Sam Kininger has developed a distinctive, organic sound on the saxophone that is strongly expressive. He consistently demonstrates his technical dexterity and rhythmic precision while maintaining an honest and innovative exploration of musical improvisation.
Sam will be bringing his “knock the walls down” sound of funk and groove to the Main Pub in Manchester CT on May 19th and if you like you sax funky, I will see you there.

Check out Sam and I talkin’ turkey here.

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Music that hits me right THERE.

Bei Bei is a Gu Zheng (Chinese Zither) virtuoso. She started to play the Gu Zheng at the age of seven. She received her professional musical training, majoring in the Gu Zheng at the Central University of Nationalities in Beijing, China and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong from several Gu Zheng masters such as Li-Jing Sha, Mu-Lan Hai, Chun-Jiang Teng, and Ling-Zi Xu. Bei Bei is a multi-award winner of many national and international competitions such as the 1993 National Chinese Instruments Competition and the 1999 College Students Art Festival in Beijing. Bei Bei came to United States in 2003 both to perform and study music recording. She has been collaborating with musicians from different genres such as Jazz, Alternative, Rock, New Age, Hip-Hop, and dancers. Bei Bei has been featured as an instrumentalist and composer at Revolution 626, the Chinese Moon Festival Concert, Knitting Factory Hollywood, Irvine Barclay Theater, UC Irvine Claire Trevor Theater, Ford Amphitheater, and more. The feedback that she has received as she has introduced American audiences to Gu Zheng and its broad and varied repertoire has been extremely positive. Her passion for her instrument and the beauty of her music have touched people across the world.

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If I knew half of…

Today, Mustapha was on the mic and making the breaks wittiful.(?) Soon, the Mowing Report will be up and running. I actually got the mower of the Mustapha out in the yard after the show and the report was favorable: LOTS OF GREEN.

Baby it’s You, Smith
Jeepster, T. Rex
It’s so Easy, Willy DeVille
Candy, the Charms
in the Background, Girl in a Coma
Try, ALO
I Won’t Leave you There, Scarecrow Collection
Groovin’ on a Feeling, Laid Back
Occapella (have a beer), Slavic Soul Party
Canastero, Gipsy Kings
Crazed, Rando Brothers
Look-Ka-PyPy, Derek Trucks Band
Transit, Furley
No War for Oil, Sam Kininger
***CONVERSATION WITH BOBBY YANG***
Grandma’s Groove, Jake Shimabukuro
Beyond the Break, Jake Shimabukuro
Pegao, Tommy Emmanuel
Thank You Nation 1814, Janet Jackson/DJ Reset
New E, Liquid Soul
Words with the Griot, Eccodek
Hootchie Mama, Big Ass Truck
Lively up Yourself, Bob Marley & the Wailers (live)
Nutmeg, Johnny Katchoolik
Crossdresser Blues, John Carey
Broadcast to the Addicted, Drakes Hotel
Supergirls Complaint, Bourbon Princess
White Rabbit, Patti Smith
Rotten World Blues, Eels
Dog-Faced Boy, Eels
When I get Drunk, Pork Tornado
All American, Pork Tornado
Top Floor Bottom Buzzer, Morphine
Rope on Fire, Morphine
Porchswing, Bourbon Princess
Queen of the Highway, the Doors (’69 Elektra session)
Drinking Muddy Water, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
Dazed & Confused, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
Tell Me, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble (live 1980)

a Saint of Rhythm..a drum for Passion

A few of my most spiritual moments have come with the explorations joined in accompaniment with the music of Babatunde Olatunji. I was fortunate to have been able to attend several shows and met up with this saint of rhythm while he put on a seminar at Central Connecticut State University many years ago. I wanted to share my memories of a healing time in my soul and found this video to help represent the man who brought insight to my mind.

Will Congress Rescue Internet Radio?

Internet radio broadcasts, jeopardized by a royalty payment ruling earlier this year, would get a reprieve under bipartisan legislation introduced in Congress. The Internet Radio Equality Act would roll back dramatic rate increases handed down earlier this year by the Copyright Royalty Board and instead charge royalty payments for Web-based radio broadcasting, or streaming, in line with those paid by satellite radio. Under the rules issued by the CRB, an agency charged by Congress with overseeing royalty disputes, streamers would be charged 8 cents a song retroactively to 2006 – a rate that would increase to 19 cents a song in 2010. For public broadcasters, the CRB set fees at a flat $500 a month but only for a set level of listening hours per month, one that many station owners said they would easily exceed and thus have to pay much higher fees. Internet streamers said the increases amounted to 30 to 300 percent increases over what they are paying now.

The new legislation, proposed by Reps. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), would instead charge streamers a flat fee of 7.5 percent of their revenue through 2010. A companion piece is expected to be introduced in the Senate this week.

Advocates championed the bill as more in line with reality and a proper response to the public outcry from critics who said the ruling could kill Internet radio streaming. Inslee spokeswoman Christine Hanson said the congressman’s office alone received about 1,000 complaints about the CRB fees, and members of Congress had received more than 400,000 e-mails demanding the fees be changed, so the sponsors are hoping quick action can be taken on the legislation. Radio stations large and small as well as Internet-only broadcasters who have gotten into the streaming business were united in their opposition to the new royalty fees and had been preparing a court challenge. (Jeff Cox, CNNMoney.com contributing writer)

Well, I for one hope there is no hesitation to put this Legislation through, as it would overturn rulings that boosted Web radio royalties and align them with what satellite broadcasters pay.

This is one to watch.

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Windham High’s Battle of the Bands ’07

I was asked to be a judge in the Windham High School Battle of the Bands, the 2007 edition. It was a fun and difficult task to rate the artists, not because they were hard on the ears….quite the opposite. The 7 acts proved to be quite a challenge for myself and the 2 other judges (Kelly Savoie & Gabriel Stalnaker). The artists were (in order of appearance): Looked, Vincero, Restless Souls, the Whiskers, This City Never Sleeps, Tim Roxy and Matador. Blending many styles together with a ferocious rock theme as a foundation, the large crowd…(man, was I impressed with the support by fellow classmates and friends) was treated to a night that was a true BATTLE of good bands. In the end, the rough, raw sound of RESTLESS SOULS took home the $200 prize with a groovy edged MATADOR taking in $100 for the runner up. All participants should walk proud for the efforts and sounds that put forth on this fine night in April. Thanks to the WHS PAC for sponsoring this event as well as Charter Communications, Dillion Kearns, Jay Hernandez and the host for the evening, Bryce Monahan.

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A nice day for a Baseball game

Well, the show got an early exit as the hometeam was playing a make up double header versus Georgetown. GO HUSKIES.

I managed to get some tunes on before the national anthem and the old “PLAY BALL”

Train Kept-a- Rollin’, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
Shapes of Things, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
OverUnderSideways, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
I’m Tore Down, John Hammond & G-Love
Eyes Behind Your Head, John Hammond
Underground, Chris Whitley & Jeff Lang
Blind, Crppled & Crazy, Buddy Guy/John Mayer
Heaven has n Mercy, Honeytribe
Memphis in the Meantime, Gregg Allman
Hot’Lanta, Nicole Hart & the NRG band
Flipping Time, Julien Kasper
Redd Foxx, the Poogie Bell Bnad
I Want to Take You Higher, S.Tyler/R. Randolph
Pray, the Book of Knots w/Tom Waits
Juju in those Stings, Eccodek
Courage, Vieux Farka Toure
Jarabi, Lamine Soumano
Ali, Moonboot Lover
Restraint, Keller Williams
the Thrill is Gone, J.Garcia/D. Grisman
Still I’m Sad, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
Dazed & Confused, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
Take me to the River, Annie Lennox
Breezeword, the Poogie Bell band
V-Neck Sweater, the Greyboy Allstars
I Likes That, Skeebo Knight
Zimbabwe, Dr. Lonnie Smith
Naked, Anoushka Shankar

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the Poogie Bell Band Brings IT

Poogie Bell‘s drums is what you hear on many of the world’s finest jazz, neo-soul, R&B and hip-hop records. Performer, record producer, composer, and arranger, you’ve heard his work with artists including Chaka Khan, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Roberta Flack, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, John Scofield, David Sanborn, Angelique Kidjo, Al Jarreau, Vanessa Williams, Victor Wooten, and Randy Crawford. Native of New York and a second generation musician he has been immersed in music since he was born. Taking cues from his father, a jazz musician and professor of music, Poogie has always had an inherent connection to music. As hard as it may be to believe, he started playing at the age of ten months old and made his concert debut when he was two and half at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Hall with his father. By the time he was five he’d already appeared on The Mike Douglas Show with Pearl Bailey. As a kid it wasn’t unusual for Poogie to see the likes of drummer Max Roach, saxophonist Ornette Coleman, pianist Marylou Williams, bassists, Paul Chambers, Ron Carter and Richard Davis in his living room jammin’ with his father. Poogie is doing his own project with The Poogie Bell Band!

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You can catch the Poogie Bell Band at the Main Pub on Saturday night, April 28. Listen to my conversation with Poogie RIGHT HERE.

exp-EAR-ience..a monday afternoon

I had a chance to fill in for Alex from 1-3pm EST today and wanted to say thanks to those tuning in from myspace land and around the globe. Your thirsty earholes are always welcomed to stop thru GREENARROWRADIO for a fill up.

Here was the show goings-on:

Gettin’ into it, King Britt (Brother ? Mix)
Toe Foo, Ticklah
Ticklah’s Swing, Ticklah
16 Dimples, Mystic Bowie
Smells Like Teen Spirit, Patti Smith
Suits me Fine, King Johnson (live)
Ain’t Next to You, King Johnson (live)
Ridin’ High, Dread Clampitt
Totally Awesome, Honchie
Godzilla, Diego Garcia
Ardells Home, Stew Cutler Trio (live)
Mind of My Mind, Vernon Reid & Masque
Hi There, the Poogie Bell Band
Dark & Happy, the Poogie Bell Band
***CONVERSATION WITH POOGIE BELL***
Resurreccion, Panchito
Mantilla de Feria, Paco Pena w/the Losadas (live)
Wherever U go Whatever U do, Prince
Into You, Eymarel
Jekyll Island Night, Skeebo Knight
Reefer Headed Woman, Cashman
Do the Dirt, Phantom Blues Band
VooDoo Boogaloo, Ron Levy’s Wild Kingdom
Ashville to Abidjan, Toubab Krewe

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In the Groove w/Greenarrowradio

I was able to fill in for Ken, who is the host of a fine radio program here at WHUS from 7-9pm EST on Saturday evenings called IN THE GROOVE, JAZZ AND BEYOND.

Here is what it looked like after the smoke cleared:

To Bop or not to Be, John McLaughlin
Fly, Eymarel
You Sho’ Walk Funky, The Sol-Reys
Watch Me Fly, Reuben Wilson
Red Moon, Al DiMeola
Construcao, Ulisses Rocha
Brownie, Gus & Boo Boo, Skeebo Knight
Round Oak Blues, Skeebo Knight
Jekyll Island Nights, Skeebo Knight
Hi There, the Poogie Bell Band
Dark & Happy, the Poogie Bell Band
Legalize It, MSMW
Colon Pie, Skerik
Baghdad Cafe, Liquid Soul
Matthau, Depth Quartet
Dr. Smile, Club d’Elf (live)
Guitar Playah, Melvin Sparks
Dana’s Lick, Ripplegroove
Little Bag (in search of), Chris Spies
the Ministry of Truth, Bobby Previte
Getting into it, King Britt/Brother ? Mix
Therapeutic Space, Natacha Atlas/Marc Eagleton project
Gypsy, Ajamu Akinyele

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SUN in the sky. I see it.

Shake your Money Maker, Elmore James
Fine Little Mama, Elmore James
Heads in Georgia, JJ Cale & Eric Clapton
Paint my Masterpiece, Chris Whitley/Jeff Lang
Devil’s Dream, Peter Prince
Smells Like Teen Spirit, Patti Smith
White Rabbit, Patti Smith
Hale’s Lady, Pop Levi
Knock ’em Out, Lily Allen
Say When, Move.Ment
Everyday People, Maroon 5
You can Make it if you Try, B. Guy/J. Mayer
Wherever u go, whatever u do, Prince
Dance to the Music, the Clinton Administration
Hate to Lose your Lovin’, Little Feat
Chevrolet, the Wood Brothers (Live)
Big Time, Webb Wilder (live)
Louisiana Hannah, Webb Wilder (live)
Rebecca Rebecca, Mojo:Saint (live)
Footsteps, JJ Grey & Mofro
Turpentine, JJ Grey & Mofro
Back and Black, Robot Goes Here
Totally Awesome, Honchie
Red Sun, Anoushka Shankar
Indios do Norte, Forro in the Dark
Asa Branca, Forro in the Dark w/David Byrne
Garota de Ipanema, Ulisses Rocha
Redd Foxx, the Poogie Bell band
Creepin’, the Poogie Bell band
Round Oak Blues, Skeebo Knight
Descargate, Gino Castillo
Wishful Thinking, the Microscopic Septet
Mr. Bradley Mr. Martin, the Microscopic Septet
Descarga en la Egnem, Hilario Duran
Gonna Buy me a Mule, Koko Taylor
Lay Me Down, Laura Cheadle
Into You, Eymarel
People got to be Free, Keb Mo
Lets Dance, Jake Shimabukuro
Grandma’s Groove, Jake Shimabukuro

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Chillin’ wit some Nasty Beats Y’all.

I had an itch that needed to be scratched and there was only one cure…6 turntables and a Reggae Dub Trio named Zion Blood. There were dueling turntables throughout this night with heavy psychodelia and scratch-tastic beat dropping. The turntables even got involved in the dub action staying all around the stage while Zion Blood kept the irie feelings in the haze. Oh yeah. This was an inventive, creative soundscape of imagination and vinal madness. DJ Reazon, DJ Axel Foley and DJ Mister Rourke brought the noize to this quaint spot in the quiet corner of Connecticut. Tyrone Farm hosted this madness in their beautiful barn that would make any farmer jealous…if they didn’t have animals. If you are someone who often says that there is nothing good happening out there, you just haven’t thought about it long enough or you might need to tune into greenarrowradio for some live music to open your minds and fill up those thirsty earholes. You won’t be going down the wrong avenue if one of these fine DJ’s is making magic in your neck of the woods. Supposrt live music!

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Dj Reazon & DJ Mister Rourke at Tyrone Farm

Saturday with Babe Zero

I want to thank Babe Zero for filling in for me this weekend. The first time I missed a show in this timeslot EVER. From the looks of it, she did it right by all of our open minds & thirsty earholes.

SONG, ARTIST, ALBUM
1. Flying, The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour
2. Man In the Shed, Nick Drake, Five Leaves Left
3. Some Kind of Chill, Arizona, Welcome Back Dear Children
4. Honest Bluff, Ben & Vesper, All This Could Kill You
5. See a Penny (Pick It Up), YACHT, I Believe In You. Your Magic Is Real.
6. +81, Deerhoof, Friend Opportunity
7. Diamond Ring, Joseph Arthur & the Lonely Astronauts, Let’s Just Be
8. To Go Home, M Ward, Post War
9. Up Against the Wall, Peter Bjorn & John, Writers Block
10. My Punishment for Fighting The Rosebuds, Night of the Furies
11. No One Does It Like You, Department of Eagles, Gold Suits
12. Diamond Meadows, T Rex, T Rex
13. Tell Me In the Morning, Cold War Kids, Robbers & Cowards
14. Hang Me Up To Dry, Cold War Kids, Robbers & Cowards
15. Moving to LA, Art Brut, Bang Bang rock and Roll
16. Rehab, Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
17. Think I’m In Love, Beck, The Information
18. Starman, Golden Smog, Blood On the Slacks
19. Hate It Here, Wilco, Sky Blue Sky
20. That’s Entertainment, The Jam, Sound Affects
21. Who Do You Love?, Ted Leo & the Phamacists, Living With the Living
22. Whole Wide World, Wreckless Eric, The Whole Wide World
23. St. Pete, Shannon Wright, Let In the Light
24. The Search, Son Volt, The Search
25. A Minha Menina, Band of Bees, Sunshine Hit Me
26. Almost Ready, Dinosaur Jr., Beyond
27. The Mascot Is Winning, Hot IQs, An Arguement Between the Brain & Feet
28. Wintering in Brooklyn, Last Town Chorus, Wire Waltz
29. More to Living, Ponies in the Surf, Ponies in the Surf
30. Fairest of the Season, Nico, Chelsea Girl”

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Novelist Kurt Vonnegut Dies at 84

In books such as “Slaughterhouse-Five ,” “Cat’s Cradle,” and “Hocus Pocus,” Kurt Vonnegut mixed the bitter and funny with a touch of the profound. Vonnegut, regarded by many critics as a key influence in shaping 20th-century American literature, died Wednesday at 84. Vonnegut’s more than a dozen books, short stories, essays and plays contained elements of social commentary, science fiction and autobiography. Vonnegut lectured regularly, exhorting audiences to think for themselves and delighting in barbed commentary against the institutions he felt were dehumanizing people. Some of Vonnegut’s books were banned and burned for alleged obscenity. He took on censorship as an active member of the PEN writers’ aid group and the American Civil Liberties Union. The American Humanist Association, which promotes individual freedom, rational thought and scientific skepticism, made him its honorary president. Vonnegut once said that of all the ways to die, he’d prefer to go out in an airplane crash on the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. He often joked about the difficulties of old age.

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CASHMAN::Texassippi Stomp

Call it raw like a freshly opened musical wound, or perhaps you might give it the name of back porch delta swamp blues where you can feel the mosquitoes dancing on your skin. Either way, this album is meant to be played loud. The album is called “Texassippi Blues” and it couldn’t be more appropriate – a slice of Texas – a pinch of the Mississippi Delta. As someone who spins music for listeners with thirsty earholes an open minds, I find this album to satisfy the senses of those seeking a foot stomper, a “hell yeah” and to be taken back a few steps into the blues that made you remember the first time your caught an earful of the legends. Cashman is Ray Cashman & Gabby Brown, that’s right just the two making all that sound….they get a little help from Mr. Jimbo Mathus on a few tracks and the assist to his fine label, 219 Records. I give you a boot on the backside towards the music outlet of your choice to make this one a priority.

***** MisterG Rating.

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Talking with Ellie Vee of the Charms

When Little Steven began signing bands to his new label, Wicked Cool Records, one of the bands at the top of the list was Boston-based purveyors of the garage rock movement, the Charms. On February 14, the Charms make their Wicked Cool debut with Strange Magic, their fourth release. The Charms’ sound garnered them attention from the very beginning when lead singer/songwriter Ellie Vee and guitarist Joe Wizda formed the band in 2002. Their first demo immediately caught the ear of Bill Kelly (Teenage Wasteland) and Gene Simmons, who was so impressed by what he heard that he called Ellie Vee personally to offer his feedback. The demo also landed in the hands of their manager Steev Riccardo who pushed the band to record their first CD Charmed I’m Sure. The disc was released in January 2003 on Red Car Records, a label stared by Riccardo, Vee and Wizda. Reaction to the CD was immediate with heavy airplay on college radio and specialty garage rock radio shows, and media coverage in local publications. Before long the Charms became one of the most popular bands in Boston. This band is even more red hot in a live setting, but the studio work gives you a great feel for this band living inside the world of high powered rock-n-roll.

Check out Ellie Vee & MisterG chatting here.

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SuperLIZ working the First Hour +

So, SuperLIZ pledged her money to get an hour of her own set on greenarrowradio. it worked out well. She had a plan and we got all her tracks in. A happy time by all. Thanks to LIZ for being cool.

Bitter Route, Indigo Girls
Modulation, Ani Difranco
The Between Poses, Jen Foster
The Parking Lot Song, Ellis
Heat, Hammel on Trial
Fill me Up, Shawn Colvin
This Love, Melissa Ferrick
As Girls Go, Suzanne Vega
Freein You, Indigo Girls
Hoist That Rag, Tom Waits
Shameless, Ani Difranco
Pray for Grace, Michael Franti & Spea
Happy Birthday, Concrete Blonde
One Good Man, Janis Joplin
Baby I Love You, Aretha Franklin
Don’t Look for Me, Jeffery Faucault

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….back to Mister G Programming……
Nem Sol Nem Lua, Toninko Ferragutti
Conversa de Botequim, Nelson Aynes
Chove Chuva, Ulisses Rocha
Urban Mbalax, Brewed by Noon
Bara, Tonights African band w/Abdoulaye Diabate
Hang Tan, Toubaba Krewe
Love & Inity, Damien Marley
Brethe it Live it, Dubconscious
Vishnu Dub, Club d’elf
Ninja of Love, Keller Williams/Michael Franti
American Way, the CHARMS
***Conversation w/Ellie Vee of the CHARMS***
So Romantic, the CHARMS
LTD, the CHARMS
Leap of Faith, Sara Wasserman/DJ Logic/Alan Evans
Leave Your Hat On, Shari Puorto
Out of Control, Lisa Lawrence
Knockin’ Luminescent Orchestrii
Fur Peace Rag, Jorma Kaukonen
Late Breaking News, Jorma Kaukonen
Pray, the Book of Knots w/Tom Waits
Rotten Corpse, Frank Pahl
Families, Neil Young
Black Pearls, Al Di Meola

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Coach Eddie Robinson did it right.

“I think the thing that stands out about Coach the most is the development of transforming boys into men and preparing them for life,” said Monroe, La., native James “Shack” Harris, vice president of player personnel for the Jacksonville Jaguars and a former Grambling and NFL quarterback. “He understood the players and where they came from and what it took to be successful.” Robinson once estimated he coached more than 4,500 varsity athletes in football, basketball and baseball with an 85% graduation rate. “I tended to want to bring things out in a football player as a student,” Robinson said. “We were blessed to have some good football players, but when you graduate people, they seem to be good people. They get a degree, and they can go out and handle things.” Robinson’s career spanned 11 presidents, several wars and the civil-rights movement. “The real record I have set for over 50 years is the fact that I have had one job and one wife,” Robinson said.

Coach Robinson ended his 57 year career at Grambling with a remarkable 408-165-15 record and sending more than 200 players to the NFL.

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