Richard Kerr

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Richard Kerr (songwriter)

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Richard Kerr is an English composer, who co-wrote "Mandy", "Looks Like We Made It" and "Somewhere in the Night" - all of which became hit singles for Barry Manilow.[1]


Kerr began his education at Bedford School.[2] After gaining an interest for music at school he went into song writing. In the UK, he collaborated with musicians in the late 1960s and early 1970s such as Peter Green, Don Partridge and Scott English. The latter pairing resulted in the song "Brandy", which English released in 1971. This song would later become a worldwide hit under the title "Mandy" for Barry Manilow in 1974, although Don Partridge's "Blue Eyes" was Kerr's first hit as a songwriter.

In 1976, Kerr's solo album, Richard Kerr (re-titled Somewhere In the Night in some territories) was released by Epic Records. Kerr's album Welcome to the Club (1978, A&M Records) features songs co-written with John Bettis, Gary Osborne, and Will Jennings.[1] Kerr's other albums include From Now Until Then, No Looking Back, Songwriter, and Reflections of Richard Kerr.[1]

His most important collaboration has been with the American lyricist Will Jennings. They have written such popular songs as "Somewhere in the Night", which was a hit for Helen Reddy and later for Barry Manilow (1978), "I'll Never Love This Way Again" for Dionne Warwick, and "In the Real World" for Roy Orbison.

His co-penned song (with Osborne) "The Last Place God Made" appeared on World Falling Down, a 1992 album from Peter Cetera.

Hit compositions

Other recorded songs


  • 1973 - From Now Until Then - Warner Bros. Records
  • 1974 - Reflections of Richard Kerr - Rondor Music
  • 1976 - Richard Kerr (re-titled Somewhere In the Night in some territories) - Epic Records
  • 1978 - Welcome to the Club - A&M Records
  • 1981 - Songwriter - Almo Irving Music
  • 1982 - No Looking Back - A&M Records[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 [Richard Kerr (songwriter) at All Music Guide Biography by Ed Hogan]. Retrieved on 23 June 2009.
  2. "Music Stars", Aspire: Newsletter from Bedford School Foundation, Winter 2004 Issue, Accessed July 17, 2012
  3. [Richard Kerr (songwriter) at All Music Guide Allmusic ((( Richard Kerr > Songs > Songs Composed By )))].
  4. [Richard Kerr (songwriter) at All Music Guide Allmusic ((( Richard Kerr > Discography > Main Albums )))].

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