Robison, Carson Jay
- Marilee Birchfield
Robison, Carson Jay (04 August 1890–24 March 1957), singer, musician, and songwriter, was born in Oswego, Kansas, the son of Albert Robison, a fiddler and dance caller, and Maggie Andrews, a singing pianist. The family moved to Chetopa, Kansas, during his early childhood. He may have had only a grade school education. Surrounded by the music of his parents, Robison got his first guitar at age twelve. His first composition is said to have been an Easter hymn written for his church choir. By age fifteen, he was singing and performing on the guitar professionally in the Midwest despite never having had a formal lesson. He worked in the Texas and Oklahoma oil fields and served in the army during World War I. Robison married Bernice Rucker in 1907, and they had one son. His wife died of tuberculosis when their son was five years old....