Songwriter Scott English Dies at 81

Scott English is dead.

According to Billboard, the songwriter-producer died on Tuesday (Nov. 20) at age 81.

English is famous for writing “Brandy” which propelled Barry Manilow to the limelight in 1974 hit (retitled as “Mandy.” English also wrote other hit songs, including “Hi Ho Silver Lining” and “Bend Me Shape Me,” and he collaborated with the likes of Dionne Warwick, Carole King, and Amen Corner.

Reacting to the news of his death, Mike Smith, the managing director of Warner/Chappell Music UK, said: “Scott English was a gifted songwriter and an incredibly warm person who everyone loved working with. Even when he was ill in hospital, he was still working on new lyrics.  ‘Brandy’, which went on to be popularised as ‘Mandy’, is a timeless pop classic, while his prodigious output included songs for artists ranging from Dionne Warwick to Thin Lizzy.  He’ll be truly missed and our thoughts are with his family.”

May he sleep well.

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