Terry Britten

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Terry Britten
Birth nameTerence Ernest Britten
BornJuly 1947 (age 72)
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Genres Pop
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1960s–present

Terence Ernest Britten (born July 1947) [1] [2] is an English-Australian singer-songwriter and record producer, who has written songs for Tina Turner, Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton-John, Status Quo and Michael Jackson amongst many others. [3] Britten (along with co-writer Graham Lyle) won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1985 for "What's Love Got to Do with It".

Tina Turner American-Swiss singer, dancer, actress, and author

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Cliff Richard British pop singer, musician, and actor

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Olivia Newton-John English-born Australian singer, songwriter and actress

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A native of Manchester, Britten began writing for the Adelaide, Australia band The Twilights, a popular 1960s band for which he played lead guitar. [4] At times he co-wrote with Glenn Shorrock and Peter Brideoake. [5] He also recorded a single under his own name, "2000 Weeks" / "Bargain Day" (1969). [6]

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Britten was a band member of Quartet with Kevin Peek, Alan Tarney and Trevor Spencer who recorded one album with Decca Records in the UK, which remains unreleased.[ citation needed ] One single was issued in 1969 on Decca in the UK and Australia and London in the US: "Now" / "Will My Lady Come" (Decca UK-F12974, [7] Aust Y-8977) and a second single in the UK only in 1970 "Joseph" / "Mama Where Did You Fail" (Decca F13072, US London LON-1031).

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Trevor Spencer is an Australian songwriter, record producer and drummer. He studied drums and percussion from the age of 10. By the age of 14, he was playing professionally in bands in Adelaide and Melbourne, where he met his songwriting and musical partner Alan Tarney.

After the Twilights broke up, he returned to England and moved to London, where he did session work. Britten's multi-layered guitars featured on Alvin Stardust's 1973 hit "My Coo Ca Choo".[ citation needed ] In 1973 he was part of Cliff Richard's Eurovision Song Contest 1973 entry and, along with John Farrar, Alan Tarney and Trevor Spencer, submitted six songs; of which "Power to All Our Friends" was chosen and came third. After a lean charting period for Cliff Richard, Britten gave him "Devil Woman" and, in 1976, it became Richard's first top 10 in the UK for three years (and his first top 10 hit in the US). [8] [9] [10] He was a guitarist in Richard's band for many years and was the co-producer and main songwriter for Richard's 1979 album Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile , which reached No. 3 in the UK Album Chart. He wrote and co-wrote with B. A. Robertson 10 of the 12 songs, of which "Carrie" reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart. [11]

Alvin Stardust English pop singer and stage actor

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In the early 1980s, Britten's psychedelic rock song, "9.50", originally a hit for The Twilights, was revived by Australia's Divinyls as a b-side to their 1984 single, "Good Die Young". [12]

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Divinyls were an Australian rock band that was formed in Sydney in 1980. The band primarily consisted of vocalist Chrissy Amphlett and guitarist Mark McEntee. Amphlett garnered widespread attention for performing on stage in a school uniform and fishnet stockings, and often used an illuminated neon tube as a prop for displaying aggression towards both band members and the audience. Originally a five-piece, the band underwent numerous line-up changes, with Amphlett and McEntee remaining as core members, before its dissolution in 1996.

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With Graham Lyle, Britten also wrote "What's Love Got to Do with It",which became Tina Turner's million-selling hit. "What's Love Got to Do with It" (1984), reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart [13] and No. 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100, and won Britten and Lyle the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1985. It also won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year which went to Tina Turner. [14] Later that year, they co-wrote "We Don't Need Another Hero" for the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome . Also sung by Tina Turner, the song reached No. 2 in the US and No. 3 in the UK. [13] Britten and Lyle received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song in 1986. It also earned Turner a 1986 Grammy nomination for best female pop vocal performance. [15] He also acted as a record producer for Turner. [16]

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Britten co-wrote "Just Good Friends" for Michael Jackson's Bad album. [17] Britten has also penned songs for Olivia Newton-John, including "Love Make Me Strong" (1981) [18] and "Toughen Up" with Graham Lyle (1985). [19] He has also written for Meat Loaf, Melissa Manchester, Bonnie Raitt, and Hank Marvin. [20] Britten continues to compose from his home base in rural England, but has returned to Australia on occasion, including the Twilights' reunion for the Long Way to the Top concert tour. [5]

In 2002, the song "Rain, Tax (It's Inevitable)", co-written by Britten and Charlie Dore, appeared on Celine Dion's album A New Day Has Come . [21]

Britten currently has a home in Richmond, London, and a home recording studio called "State of the Ark". [22]

Songwriting credits



Britten's work has appeared in the soundtracks to the following films: [24]

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