THE DENNIS LAMBERT VIDEO JUKEBOX
March 31, 2009
I first met Dennis when he was 17 and working in A&R up at Mercury Records with Lou Courtney, where my future ex-wife Sheilah, was their secretary. They cut a song I wrote with Ben Raleigh, “In My Baby’s Arms” with Freddie and the Dreamers who were in the top ten with, “Do The Freddie” (Lambert/Courtney) We became friends.
I watched Dennis, over the years, become one of the most important figures in pop music. “One Tin Soldier”, “We Built This City”, “Are You Man Enough”, “Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I Got”), “It Only Takes A Minute “, “Night Shift”, and “Don’t Pull Your Love”, are just a few of the hits co-written and produced by Dennis Lambert some with his long time collaborator, Brian Potter.
If you add into the mix the hits he produced but didn’t write, “Rock and Roll Heaven” (O’Day/Stevenson), “Sara” (Wolf/Wolf), “She’s Gone” (Hall/Oates), “Pink Cadillac” (Springsteen), “I Live For Your Love” (Werfel/Reswick/Rich), “Nobody’s Fool” (Loggins),“Baby, Come Back” (Crowley/Beckett), and “Rhinestone Cowboy” (Weiss), you’ve got reason enough for him to be inducted into the Hit Parade Hall Of Fame!
I reconnected with Dennis after 20 years, who gave me a few great paragraphs for my forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song”. I wasn’t surprised to hear that his song and production of Dennis Edwards, “Don’t Look Any Further” (Lambert/Golde/Hitchings) has been covered 75 times and sampled by rap stars Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Erik B & Rakim, Lil Wayne and Nas, to name just a few.
Now Here’s THE DENNIS LAMBERT VIDEO JUKEBOX
“DO THE FREDDIE“ by FREDDIE AND THE DREAMERS
“ONE TIN SOLDIER” Theme from “Billy Jack” by COVEN
“WE BUILT THIS CITY” by JEFFERSON STARSHIP
“ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN” by The Righteous Brothers
“ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH?” by THE FOUR TOPS
“AIN”T NO WOMAN LIKE THE ONE I GOT” by THE FOUR TOPS
“DON’T PULL YOUR LOVE” by HAMILTON, JOE FRANK, AND REYNOLDS
“SHE’S GONE” by TAVARES
“PINK CADILLAC” by NATALIE COLE
“NIGHT SHIFT” by THE COMMODORES
“BABY COME BACK” by PLAYER
“IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE GIRL” by DENNIS LAMBERT (LIVE)
“RHINESTONE COWBOY” by GLEN CAMPBELL
“DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER” by DENNIS EDWARDS
“HIT ‘EM UP” by TUPAC SHAKUR
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