Dutch Robinson was the original lead singer of the famed Ohio Players (the fabulously soulful group, who were inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame in 2013).
From the South Bronx of New York to the rock strewn shores of the Bay of Fundy, Dutch Robinson’s musical path has been a long and winding one. As lead singer of the Funky R&B Group, “The Ohio Players”, Dutch toured, recorded and appeared on Soul Train and the Tonight Show with The Ohio Players. He co-wrote all of their material while with the group and performed The Ohio Player version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, which was requested at Judy Garland’s funeral.
After having worked with the likes of Tommy Motolla, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Melba Morre, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and Curtis Mayfield, Dutch shifted gears and sought a new start in Canada, doing musical theatre, where he became involved in the Black Theatre Workshop in Montreal, and worked with Famous People Players in Toronto. Dutch appeared on Electric Circus, Due South, Black Harbour, Canada AM, and Treehouse’s – Ants In Your Pants. His voice is also featured on Cirque du Soleil’s Grammy nominated album, Alegria and the Due South Soundtrack, Volume 2.
Dutch Robinson is smooth as butter, as his five-octave voice makes the ladies scream. Singer of singers and songwriter of songs, there is only one Dutch Robinson. Yet he has paid tribute to soul’s giant Marvin Gaye, in a way none else would even dare. In the early 1990’s, Dutch starred in Dream of A Lifetime, a musical theatrical production about the life of Marvin Gaye, featured in New York, Montreal, Toronto and the Bernard Shaw Theatre, in London, England