Brian Potter (musician)
Brian August Potter is a British-born American pop music songwriter and record producer. With his writing partner, Dennis Lambert, Potter wrote and produced hits songs for the Four Tops, Tavares, The Grass Roots, Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, Evie Sands, Coven, Hall and Oates, and Glen Campbell. Potter and Lambert were nominated for a Grammy Award for their production on Rhinestone Cowboy.
In 1972, Potter and Lambert worked for ABC Dunhill Records in Los Angeles, California, who had signed the Four Tops, after the group's decision to leave Motown Records. Lambert and Potter changed the group's sound to a West Coast R&B style, then wrote and produced the Keeper of the Castle album. Their writing credits on the album included the top-ten hits "Keeper of the Castle" and the million-seller, "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)." They continued in the same vein with follow-up albums, Main Street People (1973) and Meeting of the Minds (1974).
In 1974, Potter and Lambert began working with Glen Campbell at Capitol Records on a concept album based on the idea of an over-the-hill country musician who is uneasy about his previous fame. The resulting effort was the number one single, "Rhinestone Cowboy", and they are credited with reviving Campbell's career. The record was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Potter and Lambert received nominations for Producer of the Year at the 18th annual Grammy Awards.
- "One Tin Soldier" (the Original Caste, 1969; Coven, 1971; Skeeter Davis, 1972)
- "It's a Cryin' Shame" (Gayle McCormick, 1971)
- "Don't Pull Your Love" (Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, 1971; Glen Campbell, 1976)
- "Two Divided by Love" and "The Runway" (the Grass Roots, 1972)
- "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)" and "Keeper of the Castle" (the Four Tops, 1972)
- "Are You Man Enough" (the Four Tops, 1973, from the film Shaft in Africa)
- "It Only Takes a Minute" (Tavares, 1975)
- "You Brought the Woman Out of Me" (Evie Sands, 1975)
- "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)" (Glen Campbell, 1975)
- TunnelVision (movie soundtrack, 1976)
- "Mama's Little Girl" (from the film Felicity, 1979)
- "Perfect Dancer" (Marilyn McCoo, 1979)
- Keeper of the Castle (the Four Tops, 1972)
- "Rock and Roll Heaven" (the Righteous Brothers, 1974)
- Hard Core Poetry (Tavares, 1974)
- In the City (Tavares, 1975)
- Rhinestone Cowboy (Glen Campbell, 1975)
- Bloodline (Glen Campbell, 1976)
- "Baby Come Back" (Player, 1977)
- Inner Secrets (Santana, 1978)
- Tony Orlando & Dawn
- The 5th Dimension
- Dusty Springfield
- Richard Harris
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