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Albert Hammond

It Never Rains in Southern California

It Never Rains in Southern California (1972)

The Free Electric Band

The Free Electric Band (1973)

When I Need You

When I Need You (1976)



Albert Louis Hammond OBE (born 18 May 1944) is a Gibraltarian singer, songwriter, and record producer. A prolific songwriter, he collaborated most notably with other renowned songwriters Mike Hazlewood, John Bettis, Diane Warren as well as Holly Knight, Carole Bayer Sager.

He pinned down international hits for artists like Celine Dion, Joe Dolan, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Leo Sayer, Tina Turner, as well as Glen Campbell, Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Tyler and bands Ace of Base, Air Supply, Blue Mink, Chicago, Heart, Living in a Box, The Carpenters, The Hollies, The Pipkins, Starship, Westlife and others. Massive hits co-written by Hammond include "Make Me an Island" and "You’re Such a Good Looking Woman" by Joe Dolan, "Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship, "One Moment in Time" sung by Whitney Houston, "The Air That I Breathe", a hit for The Hollies, "To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before" a Julio Iglesias/Willie Nelson duet, "When I Need You" by Leo Sayer, and others.

He was also a solo singer in his own right with hits like "Down by the River", "It Never Rains in Southern California", "The Free Electric Band", "I’m a Train", "When I’m Gone" and others and for a time was part of the formation The Family Dogg with whom he had the hit "A Way of Life". He has also produced for a great number of artists.