child musical prodigies : Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson
Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson was born in 1938. He was a blues and boogie-woogie pianist, singer, and psychologist from Detroit, Michigan. At an early age Robinson showed unusual gifts singing the blues and accompanying himself on the piano. As a child prodigy, he appeared with Count Basie on television, performed with Lionel Hampton and played for President Harry S. Truman at the White House. He appeared in the 1946 Hollywood feature film "No Leave, No Love" with Van Johnson and Keenan Wynn and in the 1950 short film "'Sugar Chile' Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet". Robinson continued to tour Europe and America until the mid-1950s when he opted to pursue an academic career. He earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan. Remaining in musical obscurity throughout the latter 20th century, he surfaced in the early 2000s, and has made a comeback with the help of the American Music Research Foundation.
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