Albert Hammond
English-Gibraltarian singer, songwriter and record producer
Albert Hammond
Albert Louis Hammond OBE is an English singer, songwriter and record producer from Gibraltar.
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A stable-load of talent at Wavendon venue
Advertiser & Review - almost 4 years
Playful accordionist Johanna Juhola is at The Stables this Thursday evening, ‘conjuring a magical world that blends Buenos Aires tango halls with forest-dark Finnish landscapes’ Her style is well known on the Finnish scene, and one suspects that she’ll have swelled her local set of fans after this performance too. Panic Room play tomorrow, bringing ‘epic grandeur, spine-tingling beauty and gutsy raw power’ to the end of your week. Alternatively, pop into the more intimate confines of Stage2 and catch The Jimmy Brewer Band, the latest name performing under the M1 Music Night banner. A classic songwriter with some contemporary styling, you can check his style on the album As Time Stands Still. The Woburn Sands Band show up on Saturday night, with a show spanning classics from jazz and pop to brass band originals. You’re always promised a good show from the active aces. On Sunday night, The Cavern Beatles come hither, as they mark the half century since the real Fab Four went on to ...
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LOOK: Elton John, Jonas Brothers, And The Best Of Viña Del Mar 2013
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Chile has become famous for bringing some of the most important Latino and international artists worldwide, to form part of their renowned musical celebration “Festival de la Canción de Viñal del Mar.” This year wasn’t the exception, with the participation of popular stars like Elton John, Jonas Brothers, Albert Hammond, Daddy Yankee, Romeo Santos, among others. Using a black piano on stage on Thursday, Elton John sang some of his biggest hits, and was later awarded by the audience and the event’s organizers with the gold statue, the biggest symbol of recognition given in the festival, the Associated Press reports. But it was the Jonas Brothers who made Chileans fans go frantic, making the audience sing along while carrying posters with love messages. Other artists like Spanish singer Miguel Bosé, Venezuelans Chino y Nacho and Mexican band Maná, attended the special event during the week amusing their followers with some of their most successful songs. The ...
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Home... only better
IOL - over 4 years
Annie Dorasamy checks out Granny Mouse - and it was no hardship. ||| Durban - It was the perfect break, since I was recently married, and even more recently in hospital. A trip out of the city was just what the doctor should have ordered, if only to unwind. When the opportunity arose for a getaway to Granny Mouse Country House and Spa two weekends ago, I knew I was well on my way to recovery. D and I anxiously packed our duffel bag after church for a two-night stay and by Sunday afternoon we were driving away from Durban through the Midlands Meander, with the sound of Albert Hammond keeping us company. An hour and 35 minutes later, we arrived, awestruck by the magnificent country hotel nestled in the rolling hills of Balgowan. Let me just mention that days earlier the Midlands had been swathed with snow and although we wished it would have continued until we got there, the only clue was the snow-capped mountains we had passed on our way, and the bum-numbing chill we felt ...
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Hal David, Burt Bacharach's music partner, dies at 91
LATimes - over 4 years
Hal David, the renowned pop music lyricist whose prolific collaboration with composer Burt Bacharach produced a wealth of enduringly memorable hits in the 1960s and early ’70s, including “Walk on By,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 91. David died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications from a stroke, announced his wife, Eunice. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., David wrote a number of hit songs with other collaborators before teaming with Bacharach in 1956. They scored their first hit together in 1957 with Marty Robbins’ recording of “The Story of My Life,” which was followed by a 1958 hit for Perry Como, “Magic Moments.” The songwriters continued to collaborate with others over the next few years but began an exclusive partnership after discovering  their "magical interpreter," as David once described her: a young backup singer named Dionne Warwick. In 1962, Warwick recorded their song “Don’t Ma ...
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Stones Throw announce release date of debut album from Jonti - Music Feeds
Google News - over 5 years
Having already worked with the likes of Santigold, Sean Lennon, John Agnello and Albert Hammond Jnr, as well as producer Mark Ronson who described his music ad “incredibly original, really unusual and one of the most interesting things I heard in a
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Reading 2011: The Vaccines Talk Album Number Two - This Is Fake DIY
Google News - over 5 years
"We just worked on a new song with Albert Hammond Jr. from The Strokes. We did that a few weeks ago in up-state New York. The writing is ongoing really." For the time being, however, they're mostly on the road: "We're planning on just carrying on
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GZA & Wavves, Hammond Jr. Taps Vaccines + More - Spin Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. has teamed up with British upstarts The Vaccines for a new track, titled "Tiger Blood." The collab makes sense: Hammond Jr. has also produced music for rising bands like The Postelles. No word on when the song will
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'The Vaccines' To Team With Albert Hammond Jr.; New Song 'Tiger Blood' - Post Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
by Staff British rockers The Vaccines are adding some star power to their next album - they recruited The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. to play a song. The Post Break-Up Sex hitmakers teamed up with Hammond Jr. for two days at his studio in New
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The Dead Trees Love Los Angeles - Huffington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Not too long after, Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes brought The Dead Trees along for two US tours, according to the band's Facebook page. After their first full length album "King Of Rosa" was released, the tours continued -- but The Dead
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Willie Nelson — still a crowd-pleaser — on or off the road - Mail Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
It came just after Fred Rose's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," which ripped your heart out, and just before Albert Hammond's wry "To All the Girls I've Loved Before." If you thought he wrote those two songs, that's a measure of how the man makes a song
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Film Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2.5 stars) - National Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The double-vented suits from Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s new line that Jacob wears will also make you look like Ryan Gosling. (Or they might magically fool women into thinking that you do.) 3. At the bar, have a really solid opener
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Stereogum Presents… STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It - Stereogum
Google News - over 5 years
When Alex got his first electric guitar, he opted for the white Stratocaster like Albert Hammond Jr. He even had the red lightning bolt strap. The approach to doing this cover was to not make it sound like the original, pretty simple
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Albert Hammond
  • 2010
    Age 65
    In 2010, Hammond also worked on Legend, a new recording of duets of his greatest hits, featuring such artists as Elena Paparizou and Bonnie Tyler.
    More Details Hide Details It was released on Sony Spain on 23 November that year. His son, Albert Hammond, Jr., is a successful solo musician and also a member of the Strokes.
    Duffy's resulting album, Endlessly, co-written and co-produced by Hammond, was released in November 2010.
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  • 2008
    Age 63
    In 2008, Hammond met Kasaan Steigen of the Los Angeles-based Trigger Management who became his personal manager, during which time Hammond collaborated with British singer Duffy and others.
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  • 2005
    Age 60
    In 2005, he released Revolution of the Heart (where Todd Sharpville was his music director), and the single "This Side of Midnight".
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  • 1988
    Age 43
    He wrote several hits for Tina Turner, including "I Don't Wanna Lose You", "Be Tender With Me Baby", "Way of the World", and "Love Thing". Bonnie Tyler recorded the original version of Hammond/Warren's "Don't Turn Around", a UK No. 1 for Aswad in 1988 and a hit for Ace of Base five years later.
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    Hammond also co-wrote "One Moment in Time", the theme song to the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, as performed by Whitney Houston.
    More Details Hide Details In 1991, Hammond co-wrote "When You Tell Me That You Love Me", which was recorded by Diana Ross, which reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart. In 2005, Diana Ross recorded the song again, this time as a duet with Westlife. Again the song reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.
  • 1987
    Age 42
    In 1987, Hammond's composition with Diane Warren "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" (recorded by Starship) was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy.
    More Details Hide Details In 1988, Hammond won an Emmy Award for the song "One Moment in Time", a song he wrote along with John Bettis. In 2000, he received the Order of the British Empire (OBE). On 19 June 2008, Hammond was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Hammond was immortalised in song by Half Man Half Biscuit in their 1986 track "Albert Hammond Bootleg". In May 2015, Albert collected the Ivor Novello award for outstanding song collection.
    Hammond collaborated with Diane Warren on "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", a transatlantic No. 1 in 1987 for Starship, and "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love", a hit for Chicago that peaked at No. 3 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1988.
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  • 1984
    Age 39
    With Hal David, Hammond co-wrote "To All The Girls I've Loved Before", a hit in 1984 for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson.
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  • 1981
    Age 36
    Hammond also scored two hits in the Philippines during 1981.
    More Details Hide Details His songs "When I'm Gone" and "Your World and My World" (from the album of the same title) were popular in the country.
  • 1977
    Age 32
    Produced by Richard Perry, Leo Sayer's version made No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in February 1977, after three of his earlier singles had stalled at No. 2.
    More Details Hide Details A hit worldwide, it reached No. 1 In Canada (RPM Top Singles) (also 2 weeks), and on the Billboard Hot 100 for a week in May 1977. Leapy Lee released a version of "When I Need You" on his first recording since 1970. Hammond had success as a singer-songwriter with his Spanish recordings. His releases on Epic Records allowed him to tour every region of Latin America. It was during this period that he met Manuel Montoya, a CBS Mexico executive, who became his personal manager in 1985. This led to Hammond's Grammy Award winning production of Lani Hall's, Es Facil Amar, the producer and writer of "Cantaré, Cantarás" (the Latin American equivalent of "We Are The World"), and collaborations with Roberto Livi on recordings by Raphael, Eydie Gorme amongst others.
  • 1976
    Age 31
    Written with Carole Bayer Sager, "When I Need You" was first recorded by Hammond on his 1976 album When I Need You.
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  • 1970
    Age 25
    He also wrote songs for others with frequent collaborator Mike Hazlewood. These include "Little Arrows" for Leapy Lee, "Make Me An Island" (1969) (which Hammond himself re-recorded in 1979, in a Spanish disco-style version), and "You're Such a Good Looking Woman" (1970) for Joe Dolan, "Gimme Dat Ding" for the Pipkins in 1970 (itself a cover from the Freddie and the Dreamers album, Oliver in the Overworld), "Good Morning Freedom" for Blue Mink, "Freedom Come, Freedom Go" for the Fortunes in 1971 and "The Air That I Breathe" which was a hit for the Hollies in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details In 1971. Hammond also sang on Michael Chapman's fourth album, Wrecked Again, and worked briefly with the Magic Lanterns on recordings of his and Hazlewood's songs and other material. He then moved to the United States, where he continued his professional career as a musician. However, he enjoyed his greatest commercial success in mainland Europe. He is known for his hits of the 1970s, released on Columbia subsidiary Mums Records:
  • 1966
    Age 21
    In 1966 Hammond co-founded the British vocal group the Family Dogg, scoring a UK Top 10 hit with "A Way of Life" in 1969.
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  • 1960
    Age 15
    In 1960, he started in music with Gibraltarian band The Diamond Boys, which had no real commercial success, but played a part in Spain's introduction to pop and rock music.
    More Details Hide Details The Diamond Boys performed at the first nightclubs in Madrid to stage modern bands alongside Spanish rock and roll pioneers such as Miguel Ríos.
  • 1944
    Born on May 18, 1944.
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