The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will host an event in its Songwriter Session series this Saturday (14) featuring famous British-born, Nashville-based best-selling writer Roger Cook.
The only British member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Cook was born in Bristol, England and made a name for himself in the 1960s as a recording artist and composer. His partnership with Roger Greenaway produced his own hits under the David & Jonathan recording name (“Lovers Of The World Unite”) and with the increasingly hyped Cook-Greenaway credit (“You’ve Got Your Troubles, “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart” by Gene Pitney, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (in Perfect Harmony)” by the New Seekers and the Hilltop Singers, etc.
In partnership with other writers, they also wrote “Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)” by The Hollies (with lead singer Allan Clarke) and “Gasoline Alley Bred” by the same band with Tony Macauley, also their partner on Andy Williams. ‘ “Home Lovin’ Man,” and countless others. Other collaborators included Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood and Geoff Stephens. Cook had more success as a performer, co-featuring Blue Mink with Madeline Bell on hits such as “Melting Pot”, “Good Morning Freedom”, “Banner Man”, and “Randy”.
After moving to Nashville in 1975, he eased into the world of country songwriting, with hits such as “Talking in Your Sleep”, featuring Bobby Woods, first recorded by Scottish band Marmalade and taken over by Crystal Gayle; “I Believe in You” and “Love Is on a Roll” by Don Williams, and George Strait“I Just Want to Dance with You” (first cut by co-writer John Prine) and “One Night At A Time”.
During the Hall of Fame session, Cook will talk about his fascinating and varied career, which also includes session singing and song editing. The session will take place between noon and 12:45 p.m. local time and is free for museum members, and with admission to the museum, which can be purchased here.