Peter McCann

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Peter McCann
Born (1948-03-06)March 6, 1948
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Labels 20th Century, Columbia

Peter McCann (born March 6, 1948 to Donal George McCann and Amelia Hennigan in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American songwriter and recording artist, who currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up with his seven siblings in the family house in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Among his siblings are Michael McCann, who recorded the album Soldier's Songs. In the early 1970s Peter was a member of the Bridgeport-based folk-rock band Repairs, which released two albums on various Motown subsidiaries. In 1976, as a staff writer signed to ABC Music in Los Angeles, he wrote "Right Time of the Night" which would become a Top Ten hit in the spring of 1977 for Jennifer Warnes.

Three months later, McCann reached #5 on the Top 100 as an artist with his self-penned hit "Do You Wanna Make Love" which was produced by Hal Yoergler.[1] The song was an international hit, reaching high chart positions in Canada (#15),[2] Australia (#11),[3] New Zealand and South Africa.[citation needed] Its year-end rankings were #85 in Australia and #133 in Canada.[4] It became a gold record in the U.S.. His song "Take Good Care of My Heart", appeared on Whitney Houston’s first album as a duet with Jermaine Jackson. Houston’s first release was, at the time, the biggest selling female debut album of all time.

After moving to Nashville in 1985, his country chart hits included "Nobody Falls Like a Fool" sung by Earl Thomas Conley, "She's Single Again" by Janie Fricke and "Treat Me Like a Stranger", recorded by Baillie and the Boys.

Other artists who have recorded his songs include Kenny Rogers, Michael McDonald, Anne Murray, Kathy Mattea, Isaac Hayes, Buck Owens, John Travolta, Crystal Gayle, Ricky Nelson, Shaun Cassidy, Paul Anka, Reba McEntire, Julio Iglesias, Ricky Skaggs, K.T. Oslin, Karen Carpenter, The Oak Ridge Boys, Nicolette Larson and many more.

Over a 40-year career, McCann was signed as a recording artist to Motown, Columbia Records, RCA Records and 20th Century Fox Records.



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 20th Century
"Right Time of the Night" Peter McCann
"Save Me Your Love" "It's Easy"
1979 "Just One Woman" 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

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