Aaron Richard Baskin (born December 1, 1948) is an American film composer and producer, best known as the writer of several songs for the Robert Altman film Nashville, and other creative film scores in the 1970s and 1980s. He eventually became a film director, directing music videos with Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart, Elton John, and many others, as well as feature films.
Baskin was born in Pasadena, California, to the Baskin-Robbins co-founder Burt Baskin and his wife Shirley Robbins (sister of co-founder Irv Robbins). His sister Edie Baskin was a photographer for Saturday Night Live during the 1970s. Richard Baskin is godfather of Lucy Blodgett Fisher, daughter of actor and writer Michael Blodgett and wife of actor Miles Fisher.
In 1985, Baskin produced and arranged Barbra Streisand's The Broadway Album. Baskin also wrote music for Welcome to L.A., Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson, James at 16 and UFOria.
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- Richard Baskin at AllMusic
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