John Robinson

John Robinson


The most recorded drummer in history. Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist John Robinson has released his first solo CD Funkshui. His drumming can be heard on countless gold and platinum recordings.


John was born in Creston, Iowa the son of the late optometrist, Dr. Jack Robinson and the late Helen Sloan. Both parents, through music, had a strong effect on John. He started on piano at the age of 5 and on drums at the age of 8. John turned pro when he started his first band at the young age of 10.
After attending many music camps throughout junior and senior high school, John chose to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. At Berklee, John was introduced to a whole world variety of culture through music.
While touring with his own band in early 1978, John got his break. Rufus and Chaka Khan came into the club where John was playing and by the third set, the band ‘Rufus’ was sitting in with John! Within a few weeks later, John had moved to Los Angeles to finish the 1978 Rufus world tour!
In late 1978, John was introduced to Quincy Jones. "Q" asked John if he did sessions outside Rufus. Of course he said "yes" and John was in the studio recording 'Off The Wall' for Michael Jackson. Ever since that record, "JR’s" phone has been ringing ‘off the wall’!
JR has become the most recorded drummer in history, even surpassing the great Hal Blaine. Some of the hits are, We Are The World, All Night Long by Lionel Richie, I’m So Excited and Slow Hand by the Pointer Sisters, I’m Just A Gigolo and California Girls by David Lee Roth, Higher Love and Back In The Highlife by Steve Winwood, Express Yourself by Madonna, Off The Wall and Bad and the new upcoming CD for Michael Jackson, the new Natalie Cole CD,"Stardust" and Change The World by Eric Clapton, Quincy Jones’ "The Dude", "Q’s Jook Joint" and "From Q With Love". to name a few. Of course in 1983 JR won a Grammy with Rufus and Chaka Khan for "Ain’t Nobody".
John has been the drummer for Quincy Jones since 1979 and the drummer for Barbra Streisand since 1993. He just finished Barbra Streisand’s "Timeless" world tour of Australia and the United States.
JR has also played on a number of motion pictures including, My Cousin Vinny, Grand Canyon, Pure Country, Phenomenon, The Body Guard, First Wives Club, Celtic Pride, Dave, Denise The Menace, Evening Star, Father’s Day, Free Willy, Hercules, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Independence Day, Jerry McGuire, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Little Rascals, Nothing To Lose, Nutty Professor, The Preacher’s Wife, Quest For Camelot, South Park, Space Jam, Tin Cup, The Waterboy, Dinosaur, America’s Sweethearts, Rush Hour 2 and That Thing That You Do.
JR also has his two signature series snare drums out with Yamaha and his own signature sticks with the Zildjian company.
John just released his solo CD and is producing several projects. One of the most exciting is the reuniting of Rufus and Chaka for a world tour, a live DVD and new studio CD. He maintains a recording studio in Thousand Oaks, CA.
JR will continue to add his magic on many hits to come with his recognized sound employing great time and a great groove.


Artist Title Instrument
4Him Message (1996) Drums
AB Why (2003) Drums
Aaron Neville Tattooed Heart (1995) Drums
Abraira Causalidades (2000) Drums
Agnetha Faltskog I Stand Alone (1988) Drums
Al Jarreau Heart's Horizon (1988) Drums
Alejandra Guzman Algo Natural (1999) Drums
Alejandro Avalos Amor Sin Dueno Love without an Owner (1992) Drums
Alvaro Torres En Busca del Amor (1996) Drums
Ana Gabriel Vivencias (1996) Drums
Andrae Crouch Gift of Christmas (1998) Drums
Angela Winbush It's the Real Thing (1989) Drums
Angelica Angelica (1997) Drums
Anita Baker Rapture (1986) Drums
Aretha Franklin Through the Storm (1989) Drums
Armando Manzanero Nada Personalitv Soundtrack] (1996) Drums
Arrival Into the Outer Side (2004) Drums
Art Porter For Art's Sake (1998) Drums
Art Porter Straight to the Point (1993) Drums
Art Porter Undercover (1994) Drums
Babyface Collection of His Greatest Hits (2000) Drums
Babyface Day (1996) Drums
Barbra Streisand Barbra: The Concert (1994) Drums
Barbra Streisand Concert – Highlights (1995) Drums
Barbra Streisand Emotion (1984) Drums
Barbra Streisand Higher Ground (1997) Drums
Barbra Streisand Love Like Ours (1999) Drums
Barbra Streisand Till I Loved You (1988) Drums
Barry Manilow Complete Collection and Then Some.... (1992) Drums
BeBe & CeCe Winans Relationships (1994) Drums
Benny Hester Benny from Here (1986) Drums
Benny Uno (1996) Drums
Benoit / Freeman Project Benoit / Freeman Project (1994) Percussion, Drums
Bertin Osborne Acuerdate De Mi (1974) Drums
Bette Midler Bathhouse Betty (1998) Drums
Better than a Thousand Just One (1997) Vocals (bckgr)
Big Mountain Unity (1994) Drums
Bill Champlin Runaway (1981) Drums
Bill Labounty Right Direction (1994) Drums
Bill Medley Right Here and Now (1982) Drums
Billie Myers Vertigo (2000) Percussion, Drums
Birds of a Feather Birds of a Feather (1994) Drums
Bob James Flashback Follow Bob James (1981) Drums
Bob James Hands Down (1982) Drums
Bob Seger Like a Rock (1986) Drums
Bobby Caldwell Soul Survivor (1995) Drums
Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt Collection (1990) Drums
Bonnie Raitt Nine Lives (1986) Drums
Boz Scaggs My Time: The Anthology (1969-1997) (1997) Percussion, Drums
Boz Scaggs Other Roads (1988) Drums
Brian Bromberg You Know That Feeling (1997) Drums
Brian Mann Café du Soleil (1990) Drums

Brizuela Vivir Una Vez (1993) Drums
Bryan Duncan Mercy (1993) Drums
Bryan Duncan Slow Revival (1994) Percussion, Drums
Bugatti & Musker Dukes (1982) Drums
By All Means It’s Real (1992) Drums
California Dreams California Dreams (1992) Drums
Carol Dawn Johnson Dress Rehearsal (2004) Drums
Celine Dion All the Way: A Decade of Song (1999) Drums
Celine Dion Celine Dion (1992) Drums
Celine Dion Celine Dion / Unison (1999) Drums
Celine Dion Collector's Series, Vol. 1 (2000) Drums
Celine Dion Let's Talk About Love [Australia] (1998) Drums
Celine Dion These Are Special Times (1998) Drums
Celine Dion These Are Special Times [Import... (2000) Drums
Chaka Khan I Feel for You (1984) Drums
Charles Christopher Think About It (1992) Drums
Chayanne Volver a Nacer (1996) Drums
Chayanne Sus Canciones (2001) Bateria
Chitaozinho & Xororo Alô (1999) Drums
Chris Botti Slowing Down the World (1999) Drums
Chris Isaak Chris Isaak (1986) Drums
Chuck Owen & The Jazz... Madcap (2001) Trumpet
Clint Black D'Lectrified (1999) Drums
Clint Black Spend My Time (2004) Drums
Clint Black Looking for Christmas (1995) Drums
Clint Black Nothin' but the Taillights (1997) Drums
Collin Raye Counting Sheep (2000) Drums (Snare)
Cristian Mejor de Mi (1997) Drums

Cristian Segundo en el Tiempo (1993) Drums
Crystal Gayle What If We Fall in Love (1987) Drums
Curtis Stigers Curtis Stigers (1991) Drums
Curtis Stigers Time Was (1995) Drums
Dan Hill Real Love (1980) Cymbals, Drums
Daniel Rodriguez From My Heart (2003) Drums
Dan Siegel Late One Night (1989) Drums
Danny Jung Make a Wish (2000) Cymbals, Drums, Tom-Tom
Dave Koz Saxophonic (2003) Drums
Dave Koz Dance (1999) Drums
Dave Koz Dance [Japan Bonus Tracks] (2000) Drums
Dave Koz Lucky Man (1993) Drums
David Benoit Every Step of the Way (1987) Drums, Drum Programming
David Benoit Inner Motion (1990) Drums
David Benoit Shadows (1991) Drums
David Benoit This Side Up (1986) Drums
David Foster River of Love (1990) Drums
David Foster Touch of David Foster (1998) Drums
David Lee Roth Crazy from the Heat (1985) Drums
David Meece There I Go Again (2002) Drums
David Pack Anywhere You Go (1985) Drums
David Sanborn Change of Heart (1987) Drums
Debby Boone Home for Christmas (1993) Rhythm
Deborah Franco Deborah Franco (1998) Drums
Deniece Williams As Good As It Gets (1988) Drums
Dennis DeYoung Boomchild (1988) Drums
Dennis DeYoung Ultimate Collection (1999) Drums
Dianne Reeves Never Too Far (1990) Drums

Dionne Warwick Reservations for Two (1987) Drums
Dirk Richter Vibes Alive (1997) Drums
Disney Music from the Park (1996) Drums
Djavan Djavan [WEA International] (1