Richard Baskin

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Richard Baskin
Born Aaron Richard Baskin
(1948-12-01) December 1, 1948 (age 68)
California, United States
Occupation Film producer, film composer

Aaron Richard Baskin (born December 1, 1948)[1][2] 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.


Personal life[edit]

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).[2] His sister Edie Baskin was a photographer for Saturday Night Live during the 1970s.[3]


Two years after Nashville was released, Baskin was the musical guest on the March 12, 1977, episode during the second season of Saturday Night Live with host Sissy Spacek.

In 1985, Baskin produced and arranged Barbra Streisand's The Broadway Album.[4] 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.[5]


  1. ^ State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2005.
  2. ^ a b Harlan Daily Enterprise "Actor's Songs Do Not Please Nashville Set"
  3. ^ Richard Baskin trivia IMDb
  4. ^ Richard Baskin at AllMusic
  5. ^ Richard Baskin on Internet Movie Database

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