Sheldon David English
January 10, 1937
|Died||November 16, 2018(aged 81)|
|Employer||Warner Brothers, EMI|
|"Hi Ho Silver Lining", "Brandy", "Bend Me, Shape Me", "Help Me Girl"|
|Children||Jonathan English, Roxanna Kennedy|
|Parent(s)||Ida English (deceased), Harold English (deceased)|
|Relatives||Woody Mann (blues musician)|
Sheldon David English was an American, songwriter, arranger and record producer. He is best known as the co-writer of "Brandy" which he wrote with Richard Kerr . This song became a No1 hit for Barry Manilow in 1974, with the title changed to "Mandy". English had also released a single of "Brandy" which reached No. 12 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1971 and entered the US charts in March 1972. In Pittsburgh U.S.A, he is best known for the DooWop ballad "High on a Hill".
Life and career
In 1960, he released his first single, "4,000 Miles Away," on Dot Records. In 1964, English had a regional doo-wop hit called "High on a Hill", written by Frank Cariola and A. Mangravito. "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 No3 in popularity on the San Francisco Bay Area radio charts.
With Larry Weiss, he wrote "Bend Me, Shape Me", which became a hit for the Chicago-based band The American Breed, reaching No5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1968 and 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 "Help Me Girl" (1966), which was a hit by two groups in late 1966: Eric Burdon and the Animals and 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 (a band later known as Elf) which featured Ronnie James Dio on bass and vocals. He later produced Thin Lizzy's eponymous debut album Thin Lizzy (1971). He co-wrote the song "Words Don't Mean a Thing" with Lynsey De Paul, who released her version of the song on her album Just a Little Time. The song was also featured on the 2008 album Songs From The British Academy, Vol. 1. A Spanish version was released by Cadafal on their album En La Carretera..
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 2014, English appeared on BBC Radio London's Jo Good Show in 2014, debuting a new song "Holla" he wrote for the artist WestWay Beats.
He died in England on November 20, 2018 at the age of 81, due to complications of hip surgery.
as Scott English
- Scott English (LP, Album) EMI EMC 3245 1978
- 4,000 miles away (1964)
- Brandy (1971)
- Denver Calling (1971)
- Waterfall Woman (1971)
- Ballad Of The Unloved (1972)
- He Was Me He Was You (1972)
- Dark Eyed Daughter Of Love (1973)
- Rescue Man (1973)
- Mobile (1973)
- Camp Followin' Rosie (1973)
- Moonlight Lady (1974)
- Something's Missin' In My Life (1974)
- Dance ('Till You're Out Of My Life) (1978)
- Stay (1978)
- Al Martino. Adios Mexico (1966)
- Eric Burdon. Help me girl (1966)
- The Toys. Ciao Baby (1966)
- The Montanas. Ciao Baby (1967)
- The Outsiders. Bend Me, Shape Me (1967)
- The American Breed. Bend Me, Shape Me, Don't Make Me Leave You (1967)
- Jeff Beck. Hi Ho Silver Lining (1967)
- Peter Law. Lingering On (1967)
- Lynne Randell. Ciao Baby (1967)
- Group Check. Ciao Baby(1968)
- The American Breed. Cool It (We're Not Alone) (1968)
- Amen Corner. Bend Me Shape Me (1968)
- The Outsiders. Bend Me, Shape Me (1968)
- James & Bobby Purify. Help Yourself (To All Of My Lovin') (1968)
- Joe Simon. Help Yourself (To All My Lovin') (1969)
- Mama Cass. Welcome To The World (1968)
- Steve & Albert. Follow The Bouncing Ball (1970)
- The Glass Bottle. Wonderwheel (1971)
- Thin Lizzy (album) (1971)
- Greyhound. I Am What I Am (1972)
- Bunny Walters. Brandy (1972)
- Raiders: Ballad Of The Unloved (1972)
- Al Wilson. All For You (1973)
- The Bells. He Was Me, He Was You (1973)
- Barry Manilow Mandy (1974)
- Barry Mann & Carole King. You're The Only One (1980)
- Black Lace.Hi Ho Silver Lining (1984)
- Slade. Hi Ho Silver Lining (1985)
- Lynsey De Paul. Words Don't Mean A Thing (1994)
- Alan Parsons. One Day To Fly (1996)
- Imaani. Something's Changing (1998)
- Imaani. Where Are You (1998 as U.K Song for Europe)
- Syria. Manca di te (2000)
- Indiana [BE]. Imitation Love (2002)
- Sarah Kreuz. Gipsy Girl (2009)
- Sarah Kreuz. I'll Be Yours (2009)
- Sarah Kreuz. Whenever It's Raining (2009)
- Sarah Kreuz.You Carried Me (200)
- Spike [UK]. The Brooklyn Bridge (2014)
- Spike [UK]. Bonnie Tyler. Fortune (2014)
- Westway Beats. Holla '(2014)
- Westway Beats. Famous (2015)
- Westway Beats. Ruby Rain (2015)
- Bob Welch. Bend Me, Shape Me
- Arthur Louis. If ever I need you (2009)
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- "Various - Songs From The British Academy, Vol. 1 (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
- "Cadafal - En La Carretera". Discogs.com. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
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