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Albert Hammond

The songwriting legend chats about the craft behind the ultimate power ballad...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 29 May 2015
  • min read
Albert Hammond is a prolific songwriter who – over six decades - has written across just about every genre going, perfecting each one in turn.

He’s perhaps best loved for his string of timeless power ballads, which have been performed by everyone from Whitney Houston to Willie Nelson.

Iconic songs such as One Moment in Time, The Air That I Breathe and When I Need You crystallised the notion of the modern love song in the seventies and eighties, and immeasurably altered the pop craft.

While a successful solo writer and performer in his own right, Albert has also collaborated widely over the years, forming fruitful alliances with Hal David, Mike Hazlewood and Diane Warren.

Last week he was rightfully honoured at the 60th Ivor Novello Awards, receiving the Outstanding Song Collection for his creative genius.

In our interview below, Albert chats about his early work – he wrote his first song when he was eight – his evolution as a songwriter and his thoughts on the nature/nurture elements of his craft…