Ian Samwell

British record producer Ian Samwell

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.
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2003
    Age 66
    Samwell underwent a heart transplant in the 1990s and died in Sacramento, California on 13 March 2003, aged sixty six.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 37
    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.
  • 1972
    Age 35
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 24
    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 22
    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.
  • 1958
    Age 21
    In 1958, Samwell heard Harry Webb performing at the 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Age 0
    Born on January 19, 1937.
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