Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Ed Robertson

Born on this day in Scarborough, Ed Robertson (along with Steven Page) founded the hugely popular Canadian band Barenaked Ladies in 1988; their first hit, a cover of Bruce Cockburn's Lovers in a Dangerous Time, brought them their first public recognition - not to mention their first hit single - in 1991. It was their 1992 'debut' album Gordon (actually their fifth) that made them instant legends.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketAlthough he has always contributed lyrically to the band (writing or co-writing many of the band's trademark catchy, clever songs) as well as harmoniously (his and Page's distinct voices blending together like caramel and cream) since 1998's smash-hit album Stunt Robertson has done more solo writing and singing.

Married and the father of three, when not performing with Barenaked Ladies Robertson keeps busy working for ecology, with the charity 30-Hour Famine, and starring in his own show on Canada's Outdoor Life Network, called Ed's Up. In August 2008 he survived unscathed after crashing his Cessna 206, which may have been caused by wind gusts stalling the aircraft's engine; following an official investigation both Robertson and his plane were cleared of negligence, and investigators praised both Robertson's handling of the crisis (he was carrying three passengers, all of whom were unharmed) as well as his cooperation with the subsequent investigation.
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michael sean morris said...

INTERESTING TIDBIT: Most of the hits I get for Ed Robertson are actually for "ed robertson gay", which is the kind of wishful thinking I'm constantly doing, to no avail...