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Biography

  • Born

    10 January 1943 (age 75)

  • Born In

    Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States

Scott English (Sheldon David English, Brooklyn, New York, U.S., January 10, 1937 – November 16, 2018) was an American songwriter, doo-wop singer and record producer. He is best known as the co-writer of "Brandy" with Richard Kerr. This song became a No. 1 hit for Barry Manilow in 1974, under the revised title of "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 he is best known for the doo-wop ballad "High On A Hill".

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 No. 3 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 No. 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 "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 2011, he married Elfie Redburn.

In 2014, English appeared on BBC Radio London's Jo Good Show, debuting a new song "Holla" he wrote for the artist WestWay Beats.

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