b. Brian Robertson, Glasgow, Scotland. This gregarious vocalist achieved notoriety when, as Brian Alexander Robertson, his 1973 debut Wringing Applause, was accompanied by excessive hype. He nonetheless survived the ensuing backlash to secure an international contract with Asylum Records through which he enjoyed three UK Top 10 singles with ‘Bang Bang’ (number 2), ‘Knocked It Off’ (both 1979) and ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ (1980). His tongue-in-cheek delivery was also apparent on ‘Hold Me’, a duet with Maggie Bell, and ‘We Have A Dream’, on which he fronted the 1982 Scotland World Cup Squad. The following year Robertson scored a minor hit with ‘Time’ a collaboration with former Abba member Frida, and although chart success has since proved elusive, the artist has pursued a successful and financially rewarding career as a songwriter. He composed the theme tune to Wogan, BBC television’s thrice-weekly chat show, and co-composed Mike And The Mechanics’ transatlantic 1989 hit, ‘The Living Years’. His on-camera foolishness belies a considerable talent.