I was friends with Matthew Parris back in the late eighties. have been for a drink with Tony Warren (of Corrie fame).
I was also friends with Robbie's songwriter, kelvin Andrews, he was a lovely guy, sadly lost touch now. Also went to a party a couple of years ago where Robbie's songwriter Richard something or other (brother to kelvin but goes by a different surname) was, he'd just come back from staying with Robbie in LA and played us some of his new songs on the piano. I met Robbie once in a club when I was dating one of kelvin's friends who also knew him.