Terry Britten

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Terry Britten
Birth name Terence Ernest Britten
Born 1947 (age 66–67)
Manchester, England
Genres Pop music
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer, guitarist
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1960s–present

Terry Britten (born 1947)[1] is an English singer-songwriter and record producer, who has written songs for Tina Turner, Sir Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton-John, Status Quo and Michael Jackson amongst many others.[2] Britten (along with co-writer Graham Lyle) won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1985 for "What's Love Got to Do with It".


Terence Ernest Britten is a native of Manchester, but began writing for the Adelaide, Australia, band, The Twilights, a popular 1960s band for which he played lead guitar.[3] At times he co-wrote with Glenn Shorrock and Peter Brideoake.[4] He also recorded a single under his own name, "2000 Weeks" / "Bargain Day" (1969).[5]

Britten was a band member of Quartet with Kevin Peek, Alan Tarney and Trevor Spencer who recorded one album with Decca Records in the UK, which remains unreleased.[citation needed] One single was issued in 1969 on Decca in the UK and Australia and London in the US: "Now" / "Will My Lady Come" (Decca UK-F12974,[6] Aust Y-8977, US London LON 1031) and a second single in the UK only in 1970 "Joseph" / "Mama Where Did You Fail" (Decca F13072).

After the Twilights broke up, he returned to England and moved to London, where he did session work. Britten's multi layered guitars featured on Alvin Stardust's 1973 hit "My Coo Ca Choo".[citation needed] In 1973 he was part of Cliff Richard's Eurovision Song Contest 1973 entry and, along with John Farrar, Alan Tarney and Trevor Spencer, submitted six songs; of which "Power to All Our Friends" was chosen and came third. After a lean charting period for Cliff Richard, Britten gave him "Devil Woman" (which was previously rejected by Alvin Stardust's manager)[citation needed] and in 1976 it became Richard's first top 10 in the UK for three years (and his first top 10 hit in the US).[7][8][9] He was a guitarist in Richard's band for many years and was the co-producer and main songwriter for Richard's 1979 album Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile, which reached No. 3 in the UK Album Chart. He wrote and co-wrote with B. A. Robertson 10 of the 12 songs, of which "Carrie" reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart.[10]

In the early 1980s, Britten's psychedelic rock song, "9.50", was revived by Australia's Divinyls as a b-side to their 1984 single, "Good Die Young".[11]

With Graham Lyle, Britten also wrote "What's Love Got to Do with It" and this became Tina Turner's million selling hit. "What's Love Got to Do with It" (1984), reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart[12] and No. 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100, and won Britten and Lyle the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1985. It also won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year which went to Tina Turner.[13] Later that year, they co-wrote "We Don't Need Another Hero" for the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Also sung by Tina Turner, the song reached No. 2 in the US and No. 3 in the UK.[12] Britten and Lyle received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song in 1986. It also earned Turner a 1986 Grammy nomination for best female pop vocal performance.[14] He also acted as a record producer for Turner.[15]

Britten co-wrote "Just Good Friends" for Michael Jackson's Bad album.[16] Britten has also penned songs for Olivia Newton-John, including "Love Make Me Strong" (1981)[17] and "Toughen Up" with Graham Lyle (1985).[18] He has also written for Meat Loaf, Melissa Manchester, Bonnie Raitt, and Hank Marvin.[19] Britten continues to compose from his home base in rural England, but has returned to Australia on occasion, including the Twilights' reunion for the Long Way to the Top concert tour.[4]

In 2002, the song "Rain, Tax (It's Inevitable)", co-written by Britten and Charlie Dore, appeared on Celine Dion's album A New Day Has Come.[20]

Britten presently has a home in Richmond, London, and a home recording studio called State of the Ark.[21]

Songwriting credits[edit]

  • "9.50" - The Twilights, Divinyls
  • "Absolutely Nothing's Changed" - Tina Turner
  • "Afterglow" - Tina Turner
  • "Age Of Consent" - Ronnie Burns
  • "Always" - Cliff Richard
  • "Am I Fooling Myself" - Dan Hill
  • "Appeal" - Marty Rhone
  • "Bang Bang" - B.A. Robertson
  • "Carolina" - James Royal, Creation (NZ)
  • "Carrie" - Cliff Richard
  • "Cathy Come Home" - The Twilights
  • "Celestial Houses" - Cliff Richard
  • "Change of Heart" - Diana Ross
  • "Circus" - Lenny Kravitz
  • "Cities May Fall" - Cliff Richard
  • "Count Me Out" - Cliff Richard
  • "Devil Woman" - Cliff Richard
  • "Do What You Do" - Tina Turner
  • "Doing Fine" - Cliff Richard
  • "Don't Push Me to My Limit" - Vivienne McKone
  • "Don't Put Out The Flame" - Christie Allen
  • "Don't Talk" - Hank Marvin, Normie Rowe
  • "Everybody Move" - Cathy Dennis
  • "Fallin' in Luv" - Cliff Richard, Christie Allen (as "Falling In Love With Only You")
  • "Free My Soul" - Cliff Richard
  • "Getting Away with Murder" - Meat Loaf, Randy Crawford, Patti Austin
  • "Give It Up (Old Habits)" - Hall & Oates
  • "Golden Days" - Bucks Fizz
  • "Goose Bumps" - Christie Allen
  • "Happy Ending" - The Peter Cupples Band
  • "Heart User" - Cliff Richard
  • "Heaven Help" - Lenny Kravitz
  • "He's My Number One" - Christie Allen



Britten's work has appeared in the soundtracks to the following films:[23]


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  2. ^ a b "Terry Britten - Songs". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Twilights, The (3) Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  4. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Terry Britten - 2000 Weeks / Bargain Day (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  6. ^ "Quartet (3) - Now (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  7. ^ "Cliff Richard: The Biography - Steve Turner - Google Boeken". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  8. ^ "William's Cliff Chart Site - Cliff Richard World Singles". Cliffchartsite.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 461. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  10. ^ "Cliff Richard's UK positions". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  11. ^ "Divinyls - Good Die Young (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  12. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 569. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  13. ^ "Terry Britten - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  14. ^ "Grammy Awards: Best Pop Solo Performance". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  15. ^ "Simply the Best - Tina Turner : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  16. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "Bad - Michael Jackson : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  17. ^ "Love Make Me Strong - Olivia Newton-John : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  18. ^ "Toughen Up - Olivia Newton-John : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  19. ^ "Terry Britten - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  20. ^ "Rain, Tax (It's Inevitable) - Celine Dion : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  21. ^ "State Of The Ark Studios". State Of The Ark Studios. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  22. ^ "Zoot (2) - 4 Shades Of Pink (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  23. ^ "Terry Britten - Filmography - Movies & TV - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 

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