This is not a name that rolls off the tongue like Madonna or Michael Jackson or Elvis, but Albert Hammond has had an amazing music career anyway.
A native of the UK, he has done a considerable body of work in the US, and chances are good that you at least know one of his songs, some of which include “The Peacemaker,” “I’m a Train,” “It never rains in Southern California,” and “Free Electric Band.”
Hammond was also responsible for a song that made Julio Iglesias even more popular, and was a big hit for him: “Moonlight Lady.” Hammond co-wrote the song and used parts of “It never rains in Southern California” in the song, most notably the chorus, to lend it a familiarity and ensure it would also be a hit, no doubt. He co-wrote “When you tell me that you love me,” made famous by Diana Ross and Westlife, and has collaborated in song with Carol Bayer Sager and Diane Warren, two other prominent songwriters.
The man has also proved his mettle as a long-term member of the musical fraternity, having been around the since the late 60s already – more proof that memorable music careers have a lot to do with long-term vision and commitment to your craft. Now, at 70, the man is still performing and honing his skills.
Albert Hammond performs at the Grand Arena at Grand West Casino in Cape Town on Saturday 11 October from 7pm, and at the Big Top Arena at Carnival City in Johannesburg on Sunday 12 October from 6pm. Tickets available at Computicket.