Scott English (born Sheldon David English, January 10, 1943) is an American songwriter and record producer. He is best known as the co-writer of "Brandy" with Richard Kerr. This song became a #1 hit for Barry Manilow in 1974 under the revised title of "Mandy". English had also released a single of "Brandy", which reached #12 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1971 and entered the US charts in March 1972.
Life and career
English was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
In 1960, he released his first single, "4,000 Miles Away," on Dot Records. In 1964, English had a regional doo-wop hit called "High on a Hill", written by Frank Cariola and A. Mangravito. "High on a Hill" has consistently been voted an all-time top song on oldies radio stations in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Though some people think it was only an east coast regional hit, in fact "High on a Hill" also reached a solid #3 spot in popularity, on the San Francisco Bay Area radio charts.
With Larry Weiss, he wrote "Bend Me, Shape Me", which became a hit for the Chicago-based band The American Breed, reaching #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1968; it was also a hit in the UK for Amen Corner. This song had been recorded a year earlier by The Outsiders as an album track on The Outsiders In (1967).
English and Weiss also penned Eric Burdon and the Animals "Help Me Girl" (1966), which was also released as a single in 1960s by The Outsiders, Lynne Randell's "Ciao Baby" (1967) and Jeff Beck's hit "Hi Ho Silver Lining" on which English was also producer. He later produced Thin Lizzy's eponymous debut album Thin Lizzy (1971).
In 1998, English was credited as a co-writer with Simon Stirling and Phil Mankiza on the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, "Where Are You?," performed by Imaani.
In 2011 he married Elfie Redburn.
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