"The man who wrote The Living Years"
BA Robertson is a multiple Grammy nominee, Ivor Novello, and BMI awarding winning musician. He has lived in Glasgow, London, Los Angeles, and Dublin.
The Scots born, composer author, was educated at Allan Glen's School Glasgow, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. He studied harmony and counterpoint there, while continuing his A Level Music studies.
His career tracks the roles of recording artist, studio musician, scoring composer, arranger, broadcaster, actor, script writer, composer-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 nineteen 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.
BA has around 500 titles in his catalogue. He normally writes alone, but 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 lyrical 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." (Phoebe Philo, American Vogue 2013)
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