Austin Roberts (singer)

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Austin Roberts
Birth name George Austin Robertson, Jr.
Born (1945-09-19) September 19, 1945 (age 69)
Newport News, Virginia, United States
Genres Pop, country, soft rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 1968–present
Labels Philips, ABC-Dunhill, Chelsea, Private Stock, Newpax, MCA-Songbird
Associated acts Arkade, Buchannan Brothers

Austin Roberts (born George Austin Robertson Jr., September 19, 1945)[1] is an American singer and songwriter. His most successful recording was 1975's "Rocky"; a transatlantic Top 40 hit single.

Career[edit]

His most successful single was "Rocky" which reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975.[2] The track reached No. 22 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1975; Roberts' only chart appearance in the UK.[3]

A close runner-up was the hit "Something's Wrong With Me", written by Danny Janssen and Bobby Hart, which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972.[2] "Keep on Singing" was another important hit for Roberts (No. 50 on the Hot 100 in 1973).[2]

As the lead singer of the group Arkade, he had two Billboard Hot 100 hits in 1970-71, including the easy listening crossover, "The Morning of Our Lives", which became the Bridal Fair theme, later a Top 15 Adult Contemporary hit.

Roberts and Hart later wrote the song "Over You" for the 1983 film, Tender Mercies. "Over You" was nominated for the 1984 Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as the Golden Globe nomination for Best Song in a Motion Picture.

In 1988, Roberts wrote the American Gymnastics Team's theme song for the Olympics, "When You Put Your Heart in It". It subsequently became a Top 20 Adult Contemporary hit for Kenny Rogers. In 1999, Busch Gardens commissioned Roberts to write the opening song for their Williamsburg Extravaganza. Roberts has written a number of songs for soap operas, as well as many more for films, including Tornado, Within These Walls, and They Were the Mulvaneys. He has also taught a songwriting course in Charlotte, North Carolina and Chesapeake, Virginia.

In addition to his success on the charts, Roberts also has experience with the stage. He has written the music and lyrics for two musicals, Rachinoff and Damon's Song. Rachinoff, starring Rob Marshall (the future director and choreographer of Chicago), was performed at Carnegie Mellon in 1981. It was nominated for an ACE Award (Cable Emmy). Damon's Song, starring three Tony Award winners, was performed at Pennsylvania Stage Co. in 1979. Roberts also had No. 1 single success with Reba McEntire (Annie Get Your Gun) and Gary Morris (Les Misérables).

Roberts' voice is also recognizable as the singer of the theme song to the animated series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! as well as the "chase songs" featured in season 2 of the series.

Awards[edit]

Roberts has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, two of which he won ("I.O.U" by Lee Greenwood and "Chance of a Lifetime" by Take 6). He has also won a German award (for "Mission of Love"), four Canadian awards (for "He Would Be Sixteen" by Michelle Wright, as well as the 1993 CCMA Single of the Year), a CMA Award, an ACM Award, a Music City News Award, two NSAI Awards, and numerous ASCAP and SESAC Awards for airplay. Roberts has also been nominated for an additional CMA Award and ACM Award.

Currently, Roberts lives near Nashville and is working on musicals.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1972: Austin Roberts
  • 1973: The Last Thing On My Mind
  • 1975: Rocky

Singles[edit]

  • 1968: "Ricky Ticky Ta Ta Ta"
  • 1970: "Runaway/Just A Little"
  • 1970: "One Night Ann"
  • 1972: "Something's Wrong With Me" - U.S. #12[4]
  • 1972: "Keep On Singing" - U.S. #50[4]
  • 1975: "Rocky" - U.S. #9,[4] UK #22[5]
  • 1976: "This Time I'm In It For Love"
  • 1976: "Just To Make You Mine"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic.com - accessed April 2009
  2. ^ a b c "Allmusic ((( Austin Roberts > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 465. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ a b c "Austin Roberts - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Austin Roberts | Artist". Official Charts. 1975-10-25. Retrieved 2014-02-09.