Scott English

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Scott English
Born Sheldon David English
(1943-01-10) January 10, 1943 (age 73)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Residence London, England
Nationality American
Employer Warner Brothers, EMI
Notable work "Hi Ho Silver Lining", "Brandy", "Bend Me, Shape Me", "Help Me Girl"
Style Pop
Religion Jewish
Children Jonathan English, Roxanna Kennedy
Parent(s) Ida English (deceased), Harold English (deceased)
Relatives Woody Mann (blues musician)

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.[1] 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[2] and entered the US charts in March 1972.

Life and career[edit]

English was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

In 1960, he released his first single, "4,000 Miles Away," on Dot Records.[1] In 1964, English had a regional doo-wop hit called "High on a Hill",[1] written by Frank Cariola and A. Mangravito.[3] "High on a Hill" has consistently been voted an all-time top song on oldies radio stations in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. It also reached #3 in popularity on the San Francisco Bay Area radio charts.[4]

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 the 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 produced the song "West Virginia" By: The Elves in 1969 which featured Ronnie James Dio on bass and vocals. He later produced Thin Lizzy's eponymous debut album Thin Lizzy (1971).[5][6]

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.

In 2014 Scott English appeared on BBC Radio London's Jo Good show, debuting a new song 'Holla' he wrote for artist WestWay Beats [7]



Scott English (LP, Album) EMI EMC 3245 1978


Al Martino: Adios Mexico 1966

Al Wilson: All For You 1973

Alan Parsons: One Day To Fly 1996

Amen Corner: Bend Me Shape Me 1968

The Outsiders: Bend Me, Shape Me 1968

Barry Manilow: Mandy 1986

Barry Manilow: Mandy [español] 1986

Barry Mann & Carole King: You're The Only One 1980

Black Lace: Hi Ho Silver Lining 1984

Bob Welch: Bend Me, Shape Me

Glass Bottle: Wonderwheel 1971

Greyhound: I Am What I Am 1972

Group Check Ciao Baby 1968

Imaani: Something's Changing 1998

Imaani: Where Are You 1998 (1998 UK Eurovision Song Contest)

Indiana [BE]: Imitation Love 2002

James & Bobby Purify: Help Yourself (To All Of My Lovin') 1968

Jeff Beck: Hi Ho Silver Lining 1967

Joe Simon: Help Yourself (To All My Lovin') 1969

Lynne Randell: Ciao Baby 1967

Lynsey De Paul: Words Don't Mean A Thing

Mama Cass: Welcome To The World 1969

Peter Law: Lingering On 1967

Raiders: Ballad Of The Unloved 1972

Sarah Kreuz: Gipsy Girl 2009

Sarah Kreuz: I'll Be Yours 2009

Sarah Kreuz: Whenever It's Raining 2009

Sarah Kreuz: You Carried Me 2009

Scott English: Ballad Of The Unloved 1972

Scott English: Brandy 1971

Scott English: Camp Followin' Rosie 1973

Scott English: Dance ('Till You're Out Of My Life) 1978

Scott English: Dark Eyed Daughter Of Love 1973

Scott English: Denver Calling 1971

Scott English: He Was Me He Was You 1972

Scott English: Mobile 1973

Scott English: Moonlight Lady 1974

Scott English: Rescue Man 1973

Scott English" Something's Missin' In My Life 1974

Scott English" Stay 1978

Scott English: Waterfall Woman 1971

Slade: Hi Ho Silver Lining 1985

Spike [UK]: The Brooklyn Bridge 2014

Spike [UK] / Bonnie Tyler: Fortune 2014

Steve & Albert: Follow The Bouncing Ball 1970

Syria: Manca di te 2000

The American Breed: Bend Me, Shape Me 1967

The American Breed: Don't Make Me Leave You 1967

The American Breed: Cool It (We're Not Alone) 1968

The Bells: He Was Me, He Was You 1973

The Montanas: Ciao Baby 1967

The Outsiders: Bend Me, Shape Me 1967

The Toys: Ciao Baby 1966

Thin Lizzy: Clifton Grange Hotel 1971

Thin Lizzy: Diddy Levine 1971

Thin Lizzy: Dublin 1971

Thin Lizzy: Éire 1971

Thin Lizzy: Honesty Is No Excuse 1971

Thin Lizzy: Look What The Wind Blew In 1971

Thin Lizzy: Old Moon Madness 1971

Thin Lizzy: Ray Gun 1971

Thin Lizzy: Remembering 1971

Thin Lizzy: Return Of The Farmer's Son 1971

Thin Lizzy: Saga Of The Ageing Orphan 1971

Thin Lizzy: The Friendly Ranger At Clontarf Castle 1971

Thin Lizzy: Things Ain't Workin' Out Down At The Farm 1971

Westway Beats: Holla 2014

Westway Beats: Famous 2015

Westway Beats: Ruby Rain 2015

Westway Beats: Don't Walk Away 2015 [8][9]


  1. ^ a b c "Scott English Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 184. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "High On A Hill by Scott English". Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  4. ^ "High On A Hill by Scott English Songfacts". Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  5. ^ Alan Byrne, 2005, Thin Lizzy, SAF Publishing, p. 34
  6. ^ "Thin Lizzy - Thin Lizzy : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  7. ^ "Scott English". BBC Music. 
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