Albert Hammond

Fecha de Nacimiento 18 de mayo de 1944

 

Biografía

 

Albert Hammond (18 de mayo de 1944) es un cantante, compositor y productor musical inglés. Hammond es uno de los compositores más exitosos que produjo Inglaterra en los años 1960s y 1970s, y ha vivido una larga y exitosa carrera como intérprete debido a su popular producción en tres continentes, en dos idiomas y a lo largo de cuatro décadas.

 

Hammond nació en Londres, Inglaterra donde su familia había sido trasladada desde Gibraltar durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Su familia regresó a Gibraltar al poco tiempo de su nacimiento, lugar donde él creció. En 1960 se inició en el campo de la música con la banda gibralteña ‘The Diamond Boys’, que no tuvo un exito comercial real pero que jugó un papel importante en su introducción a la música popular española. Los Diamond Boys realizaron algunas presentaciones en los primeros clubes nocturnos en Madrid, donde convivieron bandas modernas junto a pioneros del rock and roll español, tales como Miguel Ríos. En 1966 Hammond fue cofundador del grupo vocal británico “The Family Dog” cuyo “A way of Life” alcanzó el número 10 de las listas del Reino Unido en 1969.

 

Hammond también escribió algunas canciones para otros intérpretes, con su colaborador frecuente, Mike Hazlewood.
Estos incluyeron “Little Arrows” para Leapy Lee, “Make me an Island” (1969), que Hammond regrabaría en 1979 en una versión española, y “You are such a good looking woman” (1970 para Joe Dolan, “Give me that thing” para los Pipkins en 1970 (un “cover” del album “The Freddie and the Dreamers – Oliver in the Overworld”; “Good morning freedom” para Blue Mink, “Freedom come, freedom go” para The Fortunes en 1971 y “The air that I breathe” que fue todo un éxito para The Hollies en 1974. In 1971 Hammond cantó en el cuarto álbum de Michael Chapman, titulado “Wrecked again”, y trabajó brevemente con The Magic Lanterns en grabaciones suyas y de Mike Hazlewood.

 

Más tarde Hammond se trasladó a los Estados Unidos, donde continuó con su carrera profesional como músico, donde se dio a conocer por sus éxitos de los setentas, producidos por Columbia a través de su subsidiaria Mums Records, tales como:

 

“It Never Rains in Southern California”
“The Free Electric Band”
“I Don’t Wanna Die in an Air Disaster”
“I’m a Train”
“Down by the River”

 

“It Never Rains in Southern California” se convirtió en el número cinco en el American Billboard Hot 100 y colocó un millón de copias vendidas en todo el mundo, siendo el primero de una cadena de ocho sencillos que se convertirían en éxitos en los cinco años subsecuentes. El álbum incluyó “Down by the River” y “If you gotta break another heart”, que fue grabado por Cass Elliot en una versión reescrita – y “The air that I breathe”. Esta última fue la canción favorita de Hammond en dicho álbum, y más tarde se convirtió en el más importante éxito internacional en manos de The Holies. Entre tanto, el siguiente album de Hammond, “The Free Electric Band” (título tomado de un musical que no alcanzó a ser producido). Su siguiente éxito, “I’m a train”, vio la luz en una etapa frenética de la carrera de Hammond. Él produjo grabaciones con Johnny Cash (“Praise the Lord and pass the soup), colaboró con Richard Carpenter y John Bettis (“I need to be in love”), escribió canciones con Art Garfunkel, y, como supbroducto de este último proyecto, grabó un tercer álbum con el mismo título producido por Garfunkel y Roy Halee.

 

A mediados de los setentas Hammond trabajó con el productor e ingeniero Phil Ramone y colaboró con el letrista Hal David, generando un sencillo número uno en las listas de popularidad de adultos contemporáneos con “99 Miles from L.A.” La disquera, no obstante, se opuso a la liberación de este LP o de su sucesor, “When I need you”, el último en ser liberado solo cuando Leo Sayer generó un sencillo con su versión del título de la canción. “When I need you”, coescrita por Hammond con Carole Bayer Sager, fue grabada por primera vez por Hammond en su álbum de 1976, con el mismo título. Producida por Richard Perry, la versión de Leo Sayer alcanzó el número 1 en las listas de popularidad del Reino Unido durante dos semanas en febrero de 1977, después de tres sencillos propios que se colocaron en el número 2. Considerado un éxito mundial, este alcanzó el número 1 en el Billboard Hot 100 durante una semana en mayo de 1977.

 

Hammond tuvo un tremendo éxito como compositor de sencillos con sus grabaciones en español, bajo la marca de Epic Records, lo que le permitió realizar algunas giras en varios países de América Latina. Fue durante esta época cuando conoció a Manuel Montoya, ejecutivo de CBS en México, que eventualmente se convertiría en su manager personal en 1985, lo que condujo a la producción ganadora de los Premios Grammi de Lani Hall “Es fácil amar”, productor y escritor de “Cantaré, cantarás”. En 1977, fue invitado por el Departamento de Prensa de la Televisión Nacional de Chile, para cerrar su noticiero central 60 Minutos.

 

Hammond también colaboró con Diane Warren en “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” que se convirtió en un número 1 en 1987 con Starship, y “I don’t wanna live without your love,” un éxito para Chicago, que alcanzó el número 3 en las listas de popularidad de los EE.UU en 1988. Hammond escribió también “One moment in time”, el tema musical interpretado por Whitney Houston en las olimpiadas de verano de 1988 celebradas en Seúl, Corea del Sur. Junto con Hal David, Hammond coescribió el éxito de 1984 “To all the girls I have loved before” para Julio Iglesias y Willie Nelson.

 

Hammond también escribió algunas canciones para Tina Turner, incluyendo “I don’t wanna lose you,” “Be tender with me, baby,” “Way of the World” and “Love Thing”) quien también grabó la versión original de Hammond-Warren “Don’t turn around,” número 1 en Reino Unido interpretado por Aswad en 1988, y un exito para Ace of Base cinco años después.

 

Hammond ha grabado varios albumes tanto en inglés como en español, interpretando sus canciones en ambos idiomas. En 1999 fue condecorado “Caballero de la Orden del Imperio Británico” (OBE) por la Reina Isabel II de Inglaterra.
En 2005 Hammond produjo su primer álbum británico en varios años, titulado “Revolution of the heart”, con el sencillo “This side of midnight”.

 

Su hijo, Albert Hammond Jr. es un exitoso músico, quien actúa por su cuenta y también es integrante de “The Strokes”.
Hammond fue inmortalizado en una canción de Half Man Half Biscuit en su pista de 1986 titulada “Albert Hammond Bootleg”. El 19 de junio de 2008 Hammond fue incluido en el Salón de la Fama de los compositores.

 

Hammond had tremendous success as a composer of singles with his recordings in Spanish, under the Epic Records label, which allowed him to tour several Latin American countries. It was during this time that he met Manuel Montoya, a CBS executive in Mexico, who would eventually become his personal manager in 1985, which led to Lani Hall’s Grammi Award-winning production “It’s Easy to Love,” producer and writer. from “I will sing, you will sing.” In 1977, he was invited by the Press Department of the National Television of Chile, to close its central newscast 60 Minutes.

 

Hammond also collaborated with Diane Warren on “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” which became a No. 1 in 1987 with Starship, and “I don’t wanna live without your love,” a hit for Chicago, which reached No. 3 on the US charts in 1988. Hammond also wrote “One moment in time”, the theme song performed by Whitney Houston at the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea. Along with Hal David, Hammond co-wrote the 1984 hit “To all the girls I have loved before” for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson.

 

Hammond also wrote some songs for Tina Turner, including “I don’t wanna lose you,” “Be tender with me, baby,” “Way of the World” and “Love Thing”) who also recorded the original version of Hammond- Warren’s “Don’t turn around,” number 1 in the UK performed by Aswad in 1988, and a hit for Ace of Base five years later.

 

Hammond has recorded several albums in both English and Spanish, performing his songs in both languages. In 1999 he was awarded “Knight of the Order of the British Empire” (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II of England.

 

In 2005 Hammond produced his first British album in several years, entitled “Revolution of the heart”, with the single “This side of midnight”.

 

Date of Birth May 18, 1944

 

Biography

 

Albert Hammond (18 May 1944) is an English singer, songwriter and music producer. Hammond is one of the most successful composers that England produced in the 1960s and 1970s, and has had a long and successful career as a performer due to his popular production on three continents, in two languages ​​and spanning four decades.

 

Hammond was born in London, England where his family had been relocated from Gibraltar during World War II. His family returned to Gibraltar shortly after his birth, where he grew up. In 1960 he started in the field of music with the Gibraltarian band ‘The Diamond Boys’, which did not have a real commercial success but played an important role in its introduction to Spanish popular music. The Diamond Boys made some presentations in the first nightclubs in Madrid, where modern bands coexisted with pioneers of Spanish rock and roll, such as Miguel Ríos. In 1966 Hammond co-founded the British vocal group “The Family Dog” whose “A way of Life” reached number 10 on the UK charts in 1969.

 

Hammond also wrote some songs for other performers, with his frequent collaborator, Mike Hazlewood. These included “Little Arrows” for Leapy Lee, “Make me an Island” (1969), which Hammond would rerecord in 1979 in a Spanish version, and “You are such a good looking woman” (1970 for Joe Dolan, “Give me that thing “for the Pipkins in 1970 (a” cover “of the album” The Freddie and the Dreamers – 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. In 1971 Hammond sang on Michael Chapman’s fourth album, entitled” Wrecked again “, and worked briefly with The Magic Lanterns on his and Mike Hazlewood’s recordings.

 

Later Hammond moved to the United States, where he continued his professional career as a musician, where he became known for his hits of the seventies, produced by Columbia through its subsidiary Mums Records, such as:

 

“It Never Rains in Southern California”
“The Free Electric Band”
“I Don’t Wanna Die in an Air Disaster”
“I’m a Train”
“Down by the River”

 

“It Never Rains in Southern California” became number five on the American Billboard Hot 100 and had one million copies sold worldwide, being the first of a string of eight singles that would become hits within five years. subsequent. The album included “Down by the River” and “If you gotta break another heart”, which was recorded by Cass Elliot in a rewritten version – and “The air that I breathe.” The latter was Hammond’s favorite song on the album, and later became the biggest international hit at the hands of The Holies. Meanwhile, Hammond’s next album, “The Free Electric Band” (title taken from a musical that failed to be produced). His next hit, “I’m a train”, saw the light of day in a frenzy in Hammond’s career. He produced recordings with Johnny Cash (“Praise the Lord and pass the soup), collaborated with Richard Carpenter and John Bettis (” I need to be in love “), wrote songs with Art Garfunkel, and, as a byproduct of the latter project, recorded a third album with the same title produced by Garfunkel and Roy Halee.

 

In the mid-1970s Hammond worked with producer and engineer Phil Ramone and collaborated with lyricist Hal David, generating a number one single on the contemporary adult charts with “99 Miles from L.A.” The label, however, opposed the release of this LP or its successor, “When I need you”, the last to be released only when Leo Sayer generated a single with his version of the song’s title. “When I Need You”, co-written by Hammond with Carole Bayer Sager, was first recorded by Hammond on his 1976 album of the same title. Produced by Richard Perry, the Leo Sayer version reached number 1 on the UK charts for two weeks in February 1977, after three singles of his own that reached number 2. Considered a worldwide hit, it reached # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week in May 1977.

 

Hammond had tremendous success as a composer of singles with his recordings in Spanish, under the Epic Records label, which allowed him to tour several Latin American countries. It was during this time that he met Manuel Montoya, a CBS executive in Mexico, who would eventually become his personal manager in 1985, which led to Lani Hall’s Grammi Award-winning production “It’s Easy to Love,” producer and writer. from “I will sing, you will sing.” In 1977, he was invited by the Press Department of the National Television of Chile, to close its central newscast 60 Minutes.

 

Hammond also collaborated with Diane Warren on “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” which became a No. 1 in 1987 with Starship, and “I don’t wanna live without your love,” a hit for Chicago, which reached No. 3 on the US charts in 1988.

 

Hammond also wrote “One moment in time”, the theme song performed by Whitney Houston at the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea. Along with Hal David, Hammond co-wrote the 1984 hit “To all the girls I have loved before” for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson.

 

Hammond also wrote some songs for Tina Turner, including “I don’t wanna lose you,” “Be tender with me, baby,” “Way of the World” and “Love Thing”) who also recorded the original version of Hammond- Warren’s “Don’t turn around,” number 1 in the UK performed by Aswad in 1988, and a hit for Ace of Base five years later.

 

Hammond has recorded several albums in both English and Spanish, performing his songs in both languages. In 1999 he was awarded “Knight of the Order of the British Empire” (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II of England.

 

In 2005 Hammond produced his first British album in several years, entitled “Revolution of the heart”, with the single “This side of midnight”.

 

His son, Albert Hammond Jr. is a successful musician, who performs on his own and is also a member of “The Strokes.”

 

Hammond was immortalized in a Half Man song Half Biscuit on his 1986 track titled “Albert Hammond Bootleg”.

 

On June 19, 2008, Hammond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

 

Discography

 

Genero Rock, Pop Escuchar Tema Año de Publicacion
1 Echame a Mi la Culpa 1976
2 Eres toda una mujer 1992
3 Si me amaras 1976
4 Fallaste Corazón 1976
5 I’m A Train 1974
6 Ansiedad 1976
7 El aire que respiro 1992
8 I Don’t Wanna Die In An Air Disaster 1974
9 These Are the Good Old Days 1975
10 Espérame En El Cielo 1976
11 Que Seas Feliz 1976
12 Comprenderte 1992