Peter McCann

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Peter McCann
Birth namePeter James McCann
Born (1948-03-06) March 6, 1948 (age 73)
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
GenresPop, soft rock
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Labels20th Century, Columbia

Peter James McCann (born March 6, 1948[1] in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States) is an American musician and songwriter.


McCann graduated from Fairfield University in Connecticut (1970) with a B.A. in history. He began recording for Motown Records in 1971. His two Motown albums with the group Repairs were produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, producer of the Rolling Stones. McCann's career blossomed in 1977 with the release of the hit "Right Time of the Night," personally chosen by Clive Davis, performed by Jennifer Warnes[2] on Arista Records and produced by Jim Ed Norman. His success as a writer prompted his signing to 20th Century Fox Records in that same year and the immediate release of “Do You Wanna Make Love,”[2] written and performed by him and produced by Hal Yoergler, Vice President of ABC Dunhill Music Publishing, and sold over two million singles as an international hit, reaching high chart positions in the U.S, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In 1978 CBS, now Sony Music, purchased his contract from the Fox organization and began a fruitful, 20-year relation with him as a songwriter. In 2012, McCann concluded a three-year contract with GrandVista Music in Nashville as a staff writer.

His songs have been recorded by Julio Iglesias, Buck Owens, Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Mickey Gilley, Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, Crystal Gayle, Shelly West and Jermaine Jackson. Hits in country music include the Grammy nominated performance "She's Single Again" by Janie Fricke and the No. 1, "Nobody Falls Like a Fool" by Earl Thomas Conley. In 1991, Baillie and the Boys had a hit with "Treat Me Like a Stranger." McCann also had a song on one of the largest selling female debut albums of all time when Whitney Houston recorded "Take Good Care of My Heart." His song "The Star" appeared on Kathy Mattea's Grammy winning Christmas album. Isaac Hayes and Millie Jackson took their hit duet version of "Do You Wanna Make Love" up the R&B chart. During his career McCann has been signed as a recording artist to Motown, 20th Century Fox, CBS Records and RCA Records. Past recordings include cuts by John Travolta, Michael Johnson, Karen Carpenter, Shaun Cassidy, K.T. Oslin, Lynn Anderson, Ricky Nelson, Paul Anka, Bobby Vinton, Nicolette Larson, and Donny Osmond.

Throughout his career McCann has been active for the rights of songwriters and publishers, lecturing for NSAI, SESAC, ASCAP, BMI. He has also lectured at the University of Southern California, UC Santa Barbara, George Washington University Law School, University of Tennessee Law School, Belmont University and Vanderbilt University. For the last 24 years, he has lobbied pro bono in Washington D.C. on copyright issues. He has written several songs with Senator Orrin Hatch, Senior Senator of the State of Utah. McCann is a past vice-president and board member of NSAI. In 1995 he won the President’s Choice award for his work in copyright protection. In 2003, he won a special commendation from SESAC for his continuing efforts to strengthen the nation's copyright laws.

In May 1999, then Attorney General Janet Reno presented McCann with the Volunteerism Award from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, for composing "Among the Missing" as an anthem for the Center's free use. He also produced the video and co-produced the recording of the song, as performed by Michael McDonald and Kathy Mattea. His co-producers on "Among the Missing" were George Massenburg and Gary Paczosa.

In 1995, McCann released a Christmas album of his own compositions on RCA Records, for which he received critical acclaim and a letter of commendation from Pope John Paul II.



Year Album Billboard 200 Record label
1977 Peter McCann 82 20th Century Records
1979 One on One Columbia Records


Year Title Peak chart
Record Label B-side Album
1977 "Do You Wanna Make Love" 5 22 11 20th Century
"Right Time of the Night" Peter McCann
"Save Me Your Love" "It's Easy"
1979 "Just One Woman" 122* Columbia
"Come by Here" One on One
"Don't Take It out on Me" "What's He Got"
1982 "Dream Lover" "She's a Woman" Carnival of Life
"Do It Over" "She's a Woman" Carnival of Life
  • *Record World Singles Chart.[4]

Notable charted singles written by Peter McCann[edit]

Year Artist Title Peak chart
1976 Stark & McBrien "If You Like the Music (Suicide and Vine)" 17
1977 David Wills "Do You Wanna Make Love" 82
Jennifer Warnes "Right Time of the Night" 6 1 17 51 Jennifer Warnes
1979 Buck Owens "Do You Wanna Make Love" 80
1980 Millie Jackson/
Isaac Hayes
"Do You Wanna Make Love" 30 Royal Rappin's
1985 Earl Thomas Conley "Nobody Falls Like a Fool" 1
Janie Fricke "She's Single Again" 2 Somebody Else's Fire
1987 Louise Mandrell "Do I Have to Say Goodbye" 28 Dreamin'
Pake McEntire "Too Old to Grow Up Now" 46 Too Old to Grow Up Now
K. T. Oslin "Wall of Tears" 40 80's Ladies
1988 Mickey Gilley "She Reminded Me of You" 23 Chasing Rainbows
1991 Baillie & the Boys "Treat Me Like a Stranger" 18 The Lights of Home


  1. ^ "Peter McCann". Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1548. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 183. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2015). The Comparison Book Billboard/Cash Box/Record World 1954-1982. Sheridan Books. p. 333. ISBN 978-0-89820-213-7.
  5. ^ Peter McCann, charting songs Retrieved June 28, 2016.