John JR Robinson is officially known as one of the world’s most recorded drummers. When I asked John just how many recordings he had played drums on, he told me he believed it was in the low five figures. John’s incredible drumming journey began at age 8. After learning the fundamentals and growing up on the drums, John went on to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
John’s big break came while touring with his own band 1978. After Rufus and Chaka Khan attended one of the shows John was hired as the drummer for Rufus & Chaka and moved out to LA to finish the Rufus & Chaka Khan world tour.
Later in the same year, John was introduced to Quincy Jones. Quincy asked if John was available for studio sessions outside of Rufus & Chaka. John said “yes, of course!” and a short time after John was in the studio recording drums for Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall album. Since doing Off The Wall, John’s phone has literally been ringing…off the wall!
JR went on to record on some of the most iconic albums and songs of all time including: We Are The World, All Night Long, You Are and Say You Say Me 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, The Finer Things and Back In The Highlife by Steve Winwood, Express Yourself by Madonna, Off The Wall, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Rock With You, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Workin Day and Night and Bad by Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole’s,”Stardust” and Change The World by Eric Clapton, Quincy Jones’ The Dude, Q’s Jook Joint and From Q With Love, Give Me The Night from George Benson just to name a few. In the 1983 John won a Grammy with Rufus and Chaka Khan for “Ain’t Nobody”.
JR has two solo CDs, Funkshui (2004) and Platinum (2010) on his own label, Homecourt Records, and another CD, Rivers Of Paradise, with his band, TRW, released through Frontiers Records.
JR continues to produce a range of projects and maintains a recording studio in Thousand Oaks, CA, where he continues to add his hit making groove and feel on numerous hits, movies and jingles.
Endorsements: DW Drums, Latin Percussion, Paiste Cymbals, Remo, Zoom, Tree Works Chimes, M-Audio, Shure.