Earl Robinson
Earl Hawley Robinson was a singer-songwriter
Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose and sing their own musical material including lyrics and melodies. As opposed to contemporary popular music singers who write their own songs, the term singer-songwriter describes a distinct form of artistry, closely associated with the...

 and composer from Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Seattle is the county seat of King County, Washington. With 608,660 residents as of the 2010 Census, Seattle is the largest city in the Northwestern United States. The Seattle metropolitan area of about 3.4 million inhabitants is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the country...

. Robinson is probably as well remembered for his left
Left-wing politics
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-leaning political views (a member of the Communist Party
Communist Party USA
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 in the 1930s) as he is for his music, including the songs "Joe Hill
Joe Hill
Joe Hill, born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund in Gävle , and also known as Joseph Hillström was a Swedish-American labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World...

", "Black and White
Black and White (Three Dog Night song)
"Black and White" is a song written in 1954 by David I. Arkin and Earl Robinson.The most successful recording of the song was the pop version by Three Dog Night in 1972, when it reached number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Easy Listening charts...

", and the cantata
A cantata is a vocal composition with an instrumental accompaniment, typically in several movements, often involving a choir....

 "Ballad for Americans
Ballad For Americans
"Ballad For Americans" is an American patriotic cantata with lyrics by John La Touche and music by Earl Robinson. Originally titled "The Ballad for Uncle Sam", it was originally written for a WPA theatre project called Sing for Your Supper. Sing For Your Supper opened on April 24, 1939. Congress...

". In addition, he wrote many popular songs and was a composer for Hollywood films.
He studied violin, viola and piano as a child, and studied composition at the University of Washington
University of Washington
University of Washington is a public research university, founded in 1861 in Seattle, Washington, United States. The UW is the largest university in the Northwest and the oldest public university on the West Coast. The university has three campuses, with its largest campus in the University...

, receiving a BM and teaching certificate in 1933.