Harry Robertson (musician)
Harry Robertson c.1959
|Birth name||Henry Macleod Robertson|
|Also known as||Lord Rockingham, Harry Robinson|
|Born||19 November 1932|
|Origin||Elgin, Moray, Scotland|
|Died||17 January 1996(aged 63)|
|Occupations||Musician, bandleader, music director, composer|
|Years active||1950s - 1990s|
|Associated acts||Lord Rockingham's XI|
Harry Robertson (19 November 1932 – 17 January 1996) was a musician, bandleader, music director and composer. Born Henry Macleod Robertson, he was the son of Henry Robertson of Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland. He married Ziki Arbuthnot who inherited the Wharton Barony in 1990. They had four children, the eldest of whom Myles is now the 12th Baron.
He was composer and conductor for TV shows such as Six-Five Special and Oh Boy!. He was responsible for writing and producing the pop song "Hoots Mon" (not so much a song, more an instrumental take on "A Hundred Pipers" with spoken interjections in a mock-jock accent) by Lord Rockingham's XI, which stayed at Number 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in 1958.
Robertson produced and composed the music of Hawk the Slayer (1980), Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1982) and Jane and the Lost City (1988), co-writing the script of the first two. He wrote a number of film scripts, television series and books, including The Electric Eskimo, The Boy Who Never Was, Sammy's Super T-Shirt and was a regular composer for Hammer Film Productions. He was also the musical director of the British television pop music programmes, Six-Five Special (1957 BBC) and Oh Boy! (1959 ITV).
He arranged and conducted the stage shows, Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be (1960) and Maggie May (1964) and also co-wrote the West End hit musical Elvis. Robinson was the conductor for the United Kingdom entry in the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest.
He also wrote highly acclaimed string arrangements for English folk singers, such as Nick Drake (notably, "River Man", from Drake's debut album, Five Leaves Left) and Sandy Denny. He created and wrote the music of Virtual Murder.
Robertson was the composer, arranger or screenwriter of these films and others:
- The House in Nightmare Park (1973)
- Countess Dracula (1971)
- There Goes the Bride (1980)
- Demons of the Mind (1972)
- Twins of Evil (1972)
- The Sky Bike
- Fright (1971)
- The Ghoul (1975)
- The Battle of Billy's Pond
- The Vampire Lovers (1970)
- File of the Golden Goose
- Terry on the Fence
- Operation Third Form
- Why Not Stay for Breakfast?
- The Oblong Box
- Lust for a Vampire
- Enid Blyton's The Sea of Adventure
- Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 60. CN 5585.
- Cameo appearance: On the dance-floor
- Harry Robertson at the Internet Movie Database
- Harry Robinson discography at Discogs
- Harry Robertson at British Film Institute database
- Family tree