MUSICIAN AND RECORD PRODUCER
RELEASING FIRST NEW ALBUM
OF ORIGINAL MATERIAL IN 20 YEARS!
BODY OF WORK
The soundtrack of a lifetime
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Soon thereafter, Albert met Mike Hazlewood and almost immediately, they teamed up as collaborators and began gaining recognition as a songwriting team: “Little Arrows” (Leapy Lee in 1968 – top 10 country and pop charts), “Make Me An Island” (a number one hit in 14 countries), “Gimme Dat Ding” (The Pipkins in 1970 – pop and R&B charts), “Freedom Come, Freedom Go” (The Fortunes in 1971), “Good Morning Freedom” (Blue Mink, 1970). “Gimme Dat Ding” was written for a children’s television program called “Oliver In The Overworld” which starred Freddie and the Dreamers.
Having become one of Britain’s most successful songwriting teams, Albert and Mike decided to move to southern California. Albert played his songs to every record company possible, until Hal Landers and Bobby Roberts gave him the first artist’s contract ever for their newly built Mums label, a division of CBS’s Epic label. After auditioning for CBS president Clive Davis, and over 30 other people, Albert was asked to record some songs. Albert went into the studio to record what would become the It Never Rains In Southern California album. The title song went to number five in the U.S. and became a worldwide success. This offered Albert the opportunity to tour, which led him to almost all continents. Albert went on to record seven English-language albums for the CBS label.
THE NEW ALBUM
BODY OF WORK
Albert Hammond is one of the most prolific, versatile songwriters and performers of his or any generation. His earliest solo hits include “It Never Rains in Southern California” and “The Free Electric Band.” His contributions to popular music (writing and and/or contributing to hit songs by Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias, Diana Ross, Starship, The Hollies, Joe Cocker, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin) across genres and generations.
"LEGENDARY SINGER & SONGWRITER ALBERT HAMMOND TRIUMPHANTLY RETURNS WITH HIS FIRST ALBUM OF ORIGINAL MATERIAL IN TWENTY YEARS. AN ECLECTIC MIX OF MONUMENTAL MUSIC! HAMMOND’S SONGS ALWAYS SOUND LIKE THEY BELONG AT THE TOP OF THE CHARTS AND HIS NEW RELEASE ‘BODY OF WORK’ IS NO EXCEPTION!"
…BY MUSIC JOURNALIST RAY SHASHO
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1972 It Never Rains in Southern California
1973 The Free Electric Band
1974 Albert Hammond
1975 99 Miles from L.A
1976 My Spanish Album
When I Need You
1977 Mi Album de Recuerdos
1978 Albert Louis Hammond
1979 Al Otro Lado del Sol
1981 Your World and My World
1982 Somewhere in America
1986 Hammond and West
1989 Best of Me
1996 Coplas and Songs
2005 Revolution of the Heart
2012 Legend II
2016 In Symphony
2024 Body of Work
Year Title Details
2013 Songbook 2013 – Live in Wilhelmshaven
1976 Albert Hammond Canta Sus Grandes Éxitos en Español e Inglés
1982 The Best of Albert Hammond
1988 The Very Best of Albert Hammond
1992 12 Exitos
1997 Todas Sus Grabaciones en Español Para Discos Epic (1975–1978)
2004 It Never Rains in Southern California – The Very Best Of
2016 Original Album Classics
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THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES
-By Literary Titan (5) STARS
The Rock Star Chronicles by Ray Shasho, is a splendid book written by a music enthusiast who has poured their heart and soul into it. It’s a story of a boy who loved rock music, and his obsessive passion of it earned himself the name Rock Raymond. He went to school but instead was schooled in all matters of music while his peers were buried chin-deep in coursework. He then became a radio DJ and has now compiled a book on all interviews he held with Rock gods who raided the airwaves back in the 70s and 80s. It’s a compilation of interviews with outstanding vocalists, legendary guitarists and crazy drummers in the rock music scene. Each interview gives a reader an in-depth view into their personal lives and the philosophies that guide their lives which all serve to humanize these great icons. For readers who are old enough to call themselves baby boomers this book will bring old memories back to life. Millennials, on the other hand, may think of this book as a literal work of the Carpool Karaoke show.
The Rock Star Chronicles is a book I didn’t know I was waiting for. To come across a book that will talk me into trying something new. One brave enough to incite me to venture into new frontiers. This book made me a believer- I am now a bona fide Rock and Roll music fan.
Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives.
The book’s cover is befitting of its subject matter with the leather look offering a royal background to the golden letter print. It speaks to how high a level rock music holds in the pecking order- arguably, modern music as we know it has originated from blues and rock music. The second noteworthy thing is the use of high-definition pictures to reference the musician being interviewed in every sub-chapter. This ensures that the book is for both original rock and roll lovers and aspiring new ones. Together is makes for a refreshing and consistently enjoyable read.
I recommend this book to rock music enthusiasts, aspiring musicians wondering what it takes and all readers curious to learn new things by going back in time.
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