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February 1, 2012

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson plays "Caldonia"

Following closely on Monday's post featuring a fantastically talented kid on keyboards at his local Best Buy comes this blast from the past.

The clip up top is from the 1946 film "No Leave No Love, and features seven-year-old Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson, born in Detroit on December 28, , 1938.

It's worth expanding the YouTube caption to read more about this fantastic artist.

According to Wikipedia, "In 1946, he played for President Harry S. Truman at the White House, shouting out "How'm I doin', Mr. President?" — which became his catchphrase — during his performance of "Caldonia."

[via Tam Donovan]

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Oh flautist, you are so right, When he says, "Ah, but mama didn't know what Caledonia was puttin' down!" it just cracks me up. (especially with Van Johnson et al looking so innocent) Thanks Joe for the mention.

Posted by: tamra | Feb 1, 2012 3:39:40 PM

That is SO great - I love seeing wildly talented young musicians. Even though some of lyrics were beyond his 7 years, the blues feel & bounce were solid (and can't be faked). Lotsa kids develop crazy technical skills but they don't all have such a degree of musicality to go with them. This video of 10-year-old Sarah Chang playing Chopin's Nocturne (transcribed for violin by Nathan Milstein) astonishes me - technically not that difficult, but her feel for it is breathtaking. (Yehudi Menuhin's remarks are excellent.)


Posted by: Flautist | Feb 1, 2012 12:17:19 PM

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