Composer, Author BA Robertson
“The man who wrote The Living Years”
BA Robertson is a multiple Grammy nominee, Ivor Novello, and BMI awarding winning writer and musician. He has lived in Glasgow, London, Los Angeles, and Dublin. His career tracks the roles of recording artist, studio musician, scoring composer, arranger, broadcaster, actor, script writer, lyricist, record producer, and Hollywood producer.
He is fortunate enough to enjoy ongoing commercial success from each of the last five decades, having generated, close to a hundred silver, gold, platinum, and multi-platinum certifications. His contributions can be seen and heard on tens of millions of vinyl discs, celluloid films, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, broadcast TV, commercials, videos, downloads, and streams, currently smothering the planet.
He experienced high exposure as a performer, for a brief period, at the end of the seventies, early eighties. However at the apogee – he had recently recorded with Frida from Abba, played opposite Elaine Paige on the London stage, and made a feature film in which he took the lead – he absented himself from performing.
Apart from a flirtation with the Edinburgh Fringe in the mid-naughties, he has conducted his career on the margins of public life. He has limited contact with the fourth estate, and no personal involvement with social media. He prefers instead to read, write, listen to music, and have a good time.
Since the arrival on the scene of the interweb, various hysterical calumnies, or “furphies”, as The Aussies might posit, became attached to him, on comedy sites like All Music, Discogs, IMDb, Wikipedia, and YouTube. They include, but are not limited to the following.
His first album was not excessively hyped it crept out. He didn’t work on The Pirate Movie. Scott Garen wasn’t creator of Mad About The Mouse. There was no attempted Bond song with Michael Kamen. Flight 19 wasn’t banned at the request of the aircrews’ surviving family members, and nobody walked off his TV show, it’s an edit [morons]. Of course, Mike Rutherford didn’t write The Living Years about the death of his father, or indeed BA’s father. “Fact checkers are often perceived as being agenda driven”. (Meet The Press)
BA has around 500 titles in his catalogue. He normally writes alone, where his name appears alongside another writer, that individual has composed music with him, (Terry Britten, Mike Rutherford) or the composer may have written music alone, (Burt Bacharach, John Barry). BA has no lyric collaborators, never co-writer, sometime co-composer, always sole author. If you read things about him online, think counterfactual, fallacies of irrelevance – ignoratio elenchi, argumentum ad hominem.
The chicest thing is when you don’t exist on Google.
God, I would love to be that person.