Irwin Robinson


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Past President
Company Name
Famous Music

Irwin Robinson played vital roles at many of the largest and most important American music publishers for much of the second half of the 20th Century. Irwin worked for Columbia Pictures (as legal counsel for its publishing company, Alden Music), Chappel Music (as president), EMI (as president) and Famous Music (as president) establishing himself as one of the pioneers and leaders in the pop print industry. Along with his fascinating career is a host of memories from witnessing the creative process of music making. Included in his stash of stories is the time Barry Mann and Cynthia Wild came into his office to play their latest song, which at the time did not have a title. The song was finally given a title by the time the Righteous Brothers recorded it, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”