2 June 1941 (age 82)
Oneonta, Otsego County, New York, United States
Larry Santos (born 2 June 1941, Oneonta, New York) is an American singer-songwriter. He wrote tunes for several American pop bands in the 1960s, including the 1963 #3 hit "Candy Girl" for The Four Seasons. In the mid-Sixties, he recorded a few singles as part of a group called The Madisons, as well as under his own name. In 1969, he released his first debut pop album, "Just A Man" that features 2 pop songs, written by himself, entitled, "You Got Me Where You Want Me" and the title cut. In 1970, he released his second pop album, "Morning Sun" that features 2 pop songs, "Now That I Have Found You" and the title track. It also includes his pop cover versions of "Both Sides Now", performed by Judy Collins, "Bridge Over Troubled Water", originally performed by Simon & Garfunkel, "Get Together", originally performed by The Youngbloods, "Sweet Caroline", originally performed by Neil Diamond and "I Keep It Hid ", originally written and performed by Jimmy Webb.
In 1974 he co-wrote "Just Me And You" with Bill Lane, Roger Nichols, Barry Mann, Dan Yessian and Cynthia Weil for the pilot episode from "Hot Fudge Show", made from 1974, which would be for Joyce Berry & Laurie Maitland to record in 1985 for "Hooray For Friendship" whereas Seymour, the puppet sang the short version of that upbeat pop song with the second verse omitted with one of those Hot Fudge friends when they sang the same notes together without harmonizing with each other. Santos' music falls into the genre of blue-eyed soul-inflected pop; he released three albums in the 1970s and scored one pop hit single, produced by Don Davis, "We Can't Hide it Anymore", which peaked at #36 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on 10 April 1976. Late in 1977 he co-wrote with a lyricist, named, Norman Gimbel, who wrote with Bill Conti on the pop song, "You Heard The Song" on his 1977 pop album, "Don't Let The Music Stop" and a composer, named, Charles Fox on the pop song, "Everybody Has Their Feelings", which would be for George Stewart and Laurie Maitland to record in 1985 for the family pop album, "Hooray For Friendship"; he also co-wrote with a fellow composer, named, David Shire and 2 fellow lyricists, named, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, who wrote the theme song from the TV show, "Alice", entitled, "There's A New Girl In Town", performed by Linda Lavin on the pop song, "Enjoy The Year You're Living", which would also be for George Stewart and Laurie Maitland to record in 1985 for the family pop album, "Hooray For Friendship".
In the late '70s, Santos starred in a syndicated positive family program called Hot Fudge. In early 1978 he co-wrote "Think It Over" with his fellow songwriters Roy Lessin and Richard Wilbur, which would be for Joyce Berry to record and sing in a disco/pop style as a full complete version for both the family pop album, "Hooray For Friendship" and her 1985 album "Taste And See" wheras Larry sang the incomplete short version of that song about positive thinking with Seymour, the puppet joining in, taken from the popular family program, "Hot Fudge Show". In 1978, he also co-wrote with his fellow popular lyricist and songwriter, named, Carole Bayer Sager on the shuffle pop song, entitled, "Don't Take The Easy Way Out" which will be for George Stewart to record for the "Purple Rain" soundtrack in 1984, "Hooray For Friendship" and for George Stewart's 1985 pop album, "You Are Someone Special" whereas Larry sang the short version of that song with Seymour on "Hot Fudge" with the second and third verse omitted and bridge omitted.
As a pop songwriter, he also co-wrote pop tunes for George Stewart, entitled, "There's Always Room For Kindness" with Linda Grazulis, Brian O'Higgins, Dean Pitchford, James P. Dunne and Pamela Phillips, "Let's Love Each Other As Brothers And SIsters" with Harold Mohn, Clay Harrison, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, "You Are Someone Special" with Diane Warren, "This Is Your Time To Rise Above The Circumstances" with Diane Warren, Linda Grazulis, Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore, "We're Gonna Give Ourselves A Fighting Chance To Reach Heaven's Joys" with Cynthia Weil,
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