Longtime talent manager Bud Robinson, who, along with his late wife Cece, were a well-regarded dance team from the mid-1940s through the late 1960s, died Aug. 25 of lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles just two hours shy of his 77th birthday.
The dance team of Bud and Cece Robinson performed as opening act for nightclub, college and concert performances of Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Eddy Arnold and numerous others. They also appeared on TV shows during the 1960s including “Hollywood Palace,” “The Kate Smith Show” and “The Tonight Show.”
The couple retired from dancing in 1970, and Bud became a full-time talent manager. His first client was “The Tonight Show” orchestra leader Doc Severinsen. He also represented actor-comedians Wil Shriner and Ron Pearson, comedians Johnny Dark and Rick Podell, actors Chuck McCann and Franklin Cover and humorist-cartoonist Steve Kelley.
Robinson, a native of Virginia, was spotted by bandleader Jimmy Dorsey in 1940 shortly after he and his dance partner, Nealy Bains, won the Virginia State Jitterbug championship. Dorsey hired the pair and they toured the country as featured dancers with Dorsey’s band.
Robinson’s wife died in 1981. He is survived by his son, Danny, an executive at Agency for the Performing Arts.
A memorial service will be held in mid-September.
Donations in Robinson’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.