You Write the Songs

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You Write the Songs
Created by Al Masini
Developed by Bob Banner
Presented by Ben Vereen
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Bob Banner Associates
Television Program Enterprises
Original network Syndicated
Audio format Stereo
Original release 1986 – 1987

You Write the Songs is an American music competition series that aired in syndication from 1986 to 1987 for a total of 26 episodes.


Each week three amateur songwriters had their original song performed by the shows regular singers, all of whom were alumni of Star Search, the songs were then judged by a rotating celebrity panel with the winners advancing toward a $100,000 grand prize.

Among the celebrities who appeared as judges were Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Melissa Manchester, and Neil Sedaka.[1]


Ben Vereen