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Thread #107115   Message #2221827
Posted By: GUEST
24-Dec-07 - 08:16 AM
Thread Name: Earl Robinson stories?
Subject: RE: Earl Robinson stories?
When I was in school in Los Angeles and hanging out at Marie Poll's wonderful musical evenings, I ran into Earl. It was perhaps 1977-8 and Marie would gather musical friends to hang out and make music.

I was a grown up red diaper baby and had lots to ask him but he was too busy unsuccessfully trying to get int Marie's pants to spend much time talking with me. He did answer my question about the name 'Al' in his song, 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?'. He said that it was selected for the rhyme and didn't refer to anyone specific.

Yeah, right.

Earl Robinson had nothing to do with writing "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime." It was by E.Y. (Yip) Harburg and Jay Gorney.