Songwriters Daltrey, Christie and Bailey celebrate Gold Badges

Nuala Calvi

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, singer Tony Christie and comedian Bill Bailey were among the recipients of this year’s British Academy of Composers and Songwriters Gold Badge Awards, presented at the Savoy Hotel in London.

Sponsored by collection agency the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society, the accolades highlight individuals who have made a special or lasting contribution to the British entertainment industry.

Collecting his award, Daltrey said: “I’d just like to thank all the songwriters that managed to keep me sane through a very strange life I’ve had. I’m indeed a very lucky man.”

Christie, who has been back in the charts recently with the number one hit Amarillo, said: “I was languishing in Spain because my British career was finished. A year ago my son persuaded me to come back to the UK and give it a go. He found out his name was on the will and set about to work me to death, which he’s doing.”

Other recipients included Irish musician Paddy Moloney, trumpet player and pianist Tony Osborne and Mike Batt, the man behind the Wombles music and the success of Katie Melua.

From next year BACS plans to film the awards ceremony in order to create a lasting record of the people it has honoured and their experiences of the entertainment industry. It is currently in talks with the University of Westminster about using television students to carry out the filming.

BACS chairman David Ferguson said: “We’d like to have a historical record of the fantastic people who get these things, not for broadcast but for an archive. We’re thinking of doing it in conjunction with students, who will film the awards and interview the recipients to build up documentary material, which we could use for educational purposes. We’d like to see the story of these people’s careers being part of a resource.

“The problem with this industry is that kids come into it with very high expectations but little understanding of how it works. This way they will actually be able to hear what it’s like and find out about people’s experiences.”

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