Introducing Jessie Mae Robinson

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Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:30pm

Introducing Jessie Mae Robinson, �The Real Other Woman�. 

A Night of Reflection, Song & Dance.  Honoring the groundbreaking legacy of an African American Poet, journalist and prolific songwriter.

100th Birthday Celebration and Commemoration: Remembering the legacy of one of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) first African American female songwriters. Featuring top performers from Southern California.

Presented by The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC). Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Blacks in film, television and entertainment.

The life of Jesse Mae Robinson was short-lived. However, Mrs. Robinson's impact on music was enormous. Her music was performed by the great Dinah Washington who performed Mrs. Robinson's first recorded song, "Mellow Man Blues", in 1945, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson recorded "Clean Head Blues" in 1946 and "Old Maid Boogie", in 1947; which made it to number one on an R&B chart. This was again one of the first for a song written by an African American female writer.
Among Ms. Robinson's top selling blues songs were Black Night #1, Seven Long Days #2, by Charles Brown; Roomin House Boogie #2, Tears, Tears, Tears #5 and In The Middle of The Night, #6, by Amos Milburn and Sneakin Around #15 by BB King. In 1952 Mrs. Robinson made history when her song by Patti Page, "I Went To Your Wedding", first released by Damita Jo went Number 1 on the Pop Charts and then stayed 12 weeks selling $1.5 million copies.

Because of the success of her exceptional storytelling, depth and broad reach through her writing often of life's struggle and pain, Mrs. Robinson broke the color barrier and became one of the first (if not the first) African-American female writers admitted to ASCAP and possibly the first African American.

Miss Robinson�s songs were also recorded by other such greats as Sarah Vaughn, BB King, Elvis Presley, Julie Garland, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, Little Milton, Frankie Laine, Tony Bennett, Nina Simone, Greg Allman and the group the Go's Go's to name a few.