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Peter B. Robinson Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

    BETHESDA, MD, June 15, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Peter B. Robinson with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Robinson celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

A musician, performer and songwriter, Mr. Robinson at age 70 is proud to have earned his living as a working musician for over 43 years. Based in Washington, DC since 1979, Mr. Robinson has performed in many of DC's nightspots: The Jefferson Hotel, the Fairfax, the Georgetown Inn, the Old Ebbitt Grill, the Ritz-Carlton and Sofitel, among others.

The Jefferson is particularly 'notable' in Mr. Robinson's journey. In the early 1980's the property was renovated by famed attorney and owner Edward Bennett Williams; a new lounge called Bennett's was opened in 1983 where Mr. Robinson played piano and sang. During a year-long run in 1983-84, "Peter Robinson Live in DC" was recorded in Bennett's. Ten of the next 24 years included four long runs nearby at The Fairfax Hotel. Then, just after Labor Day in the fall of 2009, Peter returned to The Jefferson where he has remained, performing 5 nights a week for what is so far an unprecedented run of 10 ½ years, interrupted in March 2020 by the covid-19 virus pandemic. Mr. Robinson hopes to return to live performing in Washington when conditions allow.

Mr. Robinson's CD recordings include "Originally" (1988, 17 original instrumental songs by Mr. Robinson), "Songs of the Season" (1993), "Dancin'" (1994), and "Some of the Best Songs You've Never Heard" (2010, 19 original songs by Mr. Robinson). "The Kansas Song" (an original comedy song written in 1980) was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" in 1996. Also in 1996, the National Symphony's pre-concert series premiered "Scottish Mute" (an 8-minute concertino for cello and jazz trio). In June 2007 the Steinway Concert series included a concert of 14 original songs written by Mr. Robinson and performed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum by five singers accompanied by five musicians.

Mr. Robinson is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He has been cited in numerous editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Entertainment and Who's Who in the East.

Playing piano since he was 6 years old, in 1979 Mr. Robinson was inspired by discovering the true mastery of John C. Eaton. A pianist extraordinaire and Yale University graduate, Mr. Eaton was a huge deciding factor in Mr. Robinson's decision to live a life of music. Having grown up in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and then heading east and earning a Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University in 1972, Mr. Robinson tried songwriting for a year after college and then took a job on Capitol Hill in September 1973 as a staff aide to his Senator, Bob Dole. It was an historic time in Washington, 1973-74, and he saw the Saturday Night Massacre and the unfolding saga that led to Nixon's resignation in August 1974. Then Mr. Robinson quit the Hill, stayed in DC and returned to songwriting for the winter of 1974-75 – "extremely low rent English basement, and mostly canned mackerel and brown rice"… finally gave up, spent a week nursing an over-heating rattling '65 Chevy on the back-roads home to Kansas City. Spent the next 4+ years playing piano in Kansas City, mostly in the Radisson-Muehlebach Hotel. Then, in the early fall of 1979 his Kansas Congressman Larry Winn, Jr. got off a plane on a Friday evening in Kansas City having just learned that one of his staff back in DC was resigning, and Congressman Winn wanted to replace him with someone from his district who also had Hill experience: pretty small pool of possibles. Mr. Robinson was playing piano that night at Cong. Winn's country club. Robinson recognized him, thought it would be fun to make conversation. Winn said: "You're playing piano – how do you know these political questions?" Robinson said: "Oh, I used to work for Dole." Winn said: "How about working for me, come to DC…" Random chance, totally unexpected. But that's how I came back to DC and found John Eaton. 'Two roads diverged in a yellow wood….' I'll always be grateful to Larry Winn.

Mr. Robinson met his wife-to-be, Mary Healy Fasenmyer, in 1978 in Kansas City (at the Muehlebach); they got engaged in 1984 in DC (at The Jefferson) and married in Kansas City (12/29/1984). They have two children, Nathan and Evelyn.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Peter B. Robinson has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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