The Robins were an American doowop and R&B group, best known for their song "Riot In Cell Block #9" (1954) (sang by Richard Berry, who received no credit for his performance). The Robins later changed their name to The Coasters.
"Riot In Cell Block #9" by The Robins was one of Zappa's earliest musical memories and the first single he ever bought. According to page 22 of Barry Miles' book Frank Zappa: A Biography Zappa and his brother Carl Zappa used to play a ventriloquist dummy act during this song. In December 1973 Zappa played "Smokey's Café" (1955) by The Robins on Dr. Demento.