Ian Samwell

Ian Samwell

Record Producer
Born Jan 19, 1937

Ian "Sammy" Samwell was an English musician, songwriter and record producer, best known as the writer of Cliff Richard's debut hit "Move It" and his association with the rock band America with whom he had his biggest commercial success with their hit single "A Horse With No Name". He also worked with rock bands, such as The Small Faces, The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, John Mayall and Hummingbird.… Read More

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1937 Birth Born on January 19, 1937.


1958 21 Years Old In 1958, Samwell heard Harry Webb performing at the 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho. … Read More
1959 22 Years Old In 1959, he wrote "Say You Love Me Too", which was recorded by The Isley Brothers and thus became the first song by a British songwriter to be recorded by an American R&B act.
1961 24 Years Old In the summer of 1961, Samwell hosted some lunchtime record dance sessions at the Lyceum Ballroom in London, using his own collection of R&B and country rock records. … Read More


1972 35 Years Old He went on to work with other artists, as a staff producer at Warner Bros. Records in London. Samwell discovered the band America and produced their first album, America in 1972. … Read More
1974 37 Years Old In 1974, Samwell produced the first of three successful albums with Hummingbird whose line-up included Bobby Tench and other former members of The second Jeff Beck Group.


2003 66 Years Old Samwell underwent a heart transplant in the 1990s and died in Sacramento, California on 13 March 2003, aged sixty six. … Read More
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