Tina Robin

Harriet "Tina" Robin (November 27, 1937 – March 16, 1996) was an American pop singer and entertainer.

She was born in New Jersey. In 1957 she appeared on a popular television quiz show, either Hold That Note or Name That Tune (sources differ), and won, gaining recognition for her powerful singing voice and her personality; she was 4 ft 10 in (1.47 m) tall, and nicknamed "The Little Dynamo".

She was managed by Buddy Kaye, and first recorded for Coral Records, releasing several singles in the late 1950s but with little success. However, she released an LP, The 4 Seasons, on Coral in 1958, and was also a regular performer on the Sing Along television show, presented by Jim Lowe. By 1960, she was managed by Don Kirshner and Al Nevins of Aldon Music, and she began releasing singles on the Mercury label. Her only chart success came in 1961, when her recording "Play It Again", written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King and Howard Greenfield, reached #95 on the Billboard Hot 100.

She also worked as a session singer on many of Goffin and King's demo recordings in the early 1960s. She continued to sing and perform comedy and impressions in clubs in New York, as well as in Las Vegas, and appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Johnny Carson shows.

She died at home in Broward County, Florida, in 1996.

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