In the 1970s, Albert Hammond had several chart hits himself but I wonder if people know how many successful songs he wrote for other people.
Hammond has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music from the sixties until now to produce some massive hits for some of the biggest artists through six decades.
Much of Hammond’s work was created with other writers, in particular, Mike Hazelwood who died in 2001.
Albert Hammond was born in London in 1944 after his Gibraltarian family was evacuated to England during WW2. After the end of the war, the family returned to Gibraltar where young Albert grew up, joining a band called The Diamond Boys when he was 16. Six years later, he co-founded the British vocal group, Family Dogg making it to #6 on the UK singles chart with a song called A Way of Life in 1969. The track features session musicians including Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and John Bonham.
In the early seventies, Hammond moved to the US but it was always in Europe that he had his greatest success as a performer.
In 1988 he was awarded an Emmy for the official song of the Seoul Olympic games, One Moment in Time which he wrote with John Bettis. The song was performed by Whitney Houston and it captured the sentiment of the games perfectly.
In 2000, he received an OBE and in June 2008, Hammond was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Welsh singer, Duffy teamed up with Albert Hammond to write and produce her second album Endlessly in 2010
An Ivor Novello award was presented to him in 2015.
In May 2015, Hammond collected the Ivor Novello award for outstanding song collection.
Albert Hammond’s son, Albert Hammond Jnr. Is also a successful musician and is a member of the band, The Strokes.
A very short list of some of Albert Hammond’s songs:
When I Need You (with Carole Bayer Sager) – Leo Sayer
When You Tell Me That You Love Me (with John Bettis) – Diana Ross. Westlife.
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (with Diane Warren) – Starship
I Don’t Wanna Lose You (with Graham Lyle) – Tina Turner
Make me an Island (with Mike Hazelwood) – Joe Dolan
To all the Girls I’ve Loved Before (with Hal David) – Julio Iglesias
I Need to be in Love (with Richard Carpenter & John Bettis) – The Carpenters
Freedom Come, Freedom Go (with Hazelwood/ Cook/ Greenaway) - Blue Mink
The Air That I Breathe (with Mike Hazlewood) – The Hollies
Little Arrows (with Mike Hazelwood) – Leapy Lee