ALBERT HAMMOND – IN SYMPHONY
One of the greatest songwriters of all time, Albert Hammond, comes to Ireland
For a “one night only” concert in 3Arena, on Saturday 16 September.
Albert will be with his band and the acclaimed Leipzig Symphony Orchestra and Singers.
Tickets on sale now.
In June singer-songwriter Albert, will release “In Symphony” a new collection of some of his best-known tracks (plus a couple of surprises) sung by Albert.
“In Symphony” was recorded by acclaimed producer/arranger Rob Mathes at Abbey Road Studios in London, with a full orchestra consisting of members from leading London symphonic orchestras and the London Voices choir.
In a career that's spanned over five decades, Albert Hammond has had huge solo hits with It Never Rains In Southern California, I'm A Train and The Free Electric Band as well as bringing Grammy and Ivor Novello award-winning chart success to the songbooks of Leo Sayer, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Aswad, Starship, The Hollies and many many more. Now you can hear songs such as When I Need You, One Moment In Time, The Air That I Breathe and Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now redefined with the elegance and emotional power of a full symphonic orchestral arrangement.
Albert Hammond was born in London on May 18, 1944.
In 1966, Albert began writing songs and quickly began gaining recognition as a hit songwriter, with “Good Morning Freedom” (Blue Mink) “Little Arrows” (Leapy Lee,) “Gimme Dat Ding” (The Pipkins,) and “Freedom Come Freedom Go” (The Fortunes) amongst others.
He was responsible for making our own Joe Dolan and International Star, when he penned “Make me an Island” “Good Lookin’ Woman” and “Teresa” for Joe, in the same period.
Having become one of Britain’s most successful songwriters, he 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”
Which became a huge worldwide hit for him.
That was followed very quickly by another huge hit from the album “Free Electric Band”
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.
World renowned 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 Latin market. More than 50 stars contributed vocals to the recording including Gloria Estefan, Sergio Mendez, Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Irine Cara, Jose Feliciano, Celia Cruz and Menudo, to name a few.
Because Albert is a bi-lingual writer, he has been equally successful in the Anglo and Latin markets , down through the years.
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, Albert wrote many more hugely successful songs including Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated “Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now” (Starship), “I Don’t Want to Live Without Your Love” (Chicago), “Through the Storm” (Aretha Franklin & Elton John), “Don’t Turn Around” (Aswad, Neil Diamond and Ace of Base),
“I Don’t Wanna Lose You” and “The Way of the World” (Tina Turner), “Give A Little Love” (Ziggy Marley & The Melodymakers), “It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be” (Whitney Houston & Aretha Franklin), “Don’t You Love Me Anymore?” (Joe Cocker), and “When You Tell Me That You Love Me” (Diana Ross).
In 1988, Albert wrote the theme song for the Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, “One Moment in Time” performed and recorded by Whitney Houston, which won him his first Emmy.
During this period, among the artists who recorded his songs were Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, Dolly Parton, Celine Dion, Roy Orbison, Simply Red, Dionne Warwick, Bonnie Tyler, Hank Williams, Jr., Air Supply, Agnetha Faltskog (of ABBA), Phil Everly, Bill Medley, KD Lang, Nancy Sinatra, Cliff Richard, Westlife, Jose Carreras, Josh Groban and many more!
Albert Hammond, In Symphony
Don’t miss him in Concert. A One Night Only, show to remember.
3Arena Saturday 16 September.
With his band and The Leipzig Symphony Orchestra and Singers.
Tickets from €45 at Ticketmaster 0818 719 300
Sat 16th September 2017