Gibraltarian Albert Hammond was born in London on May 18, 1944. In 1966, Albert met Mike Hazelwood, teamed up as collaborators and began gaining recognition as a songwriting team with “Little Arrows” (Leapy Lee 1968,) “Gimme Dat Ding” (The Pipkins 1970,) and “Freedom Come Freedom Go” (The Fortunes 1971 ).
Having become one of Britain’s most successful songwriting teams, they decided to move to Southern California. After auditioning for CBS President Clive Davis, Albert went into the studio to record what would become the album It Never Rains in Southern California. Albert went on to record six English language albums. Many of his songs were covered by other artists: “The Air That I Breathe” (The Hollies,) “When I Need You” (Leo Sayer,) “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” (Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson,) and “99 Miles from LA” (Art Garfunkel) to name a few.
Albert gained respect from within the industry from record label executives, producers, fellow songwriters, and an amazing array of artists. Artists who covered Albert’s tunes during the 1970’s include Johnny Cash, Elton John, Mama Cass, The Association, Steppenwolf, Sonny & Cher, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, Petula Clark, Jose Feliciano, Perry Como, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Helen Reddy, Glenn Campbell, The Oakridge Boys and The Carpenters with “I Need to be in Love.”
Albert wrote songs with some incredible songwriters such as Mike Hazelwood, Hal David, Diane Warren, John Bettis, Carol Bayer-Sager, Gerry Goffin, Roy Orbison, Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway, Richard Carpenter, Tony Macauley, Graham Lyle and Marcus Vere.
Albert wrote and produced Cantare Cantaras, which like USA for Africa and Band Aid, was a charity single but for the…