Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Carole Bayer Sager

Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager, who turns 64 today, has written more hits than one can count on a body's appendages. Artists who have recorded her compositions include Celine Dion ("Teh Prayer," with Andrea Bocelli), Sheena Easton ("One Man"), Josh Groban, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, LeAnn Rimes, Anita Baker, James Ingram, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, Christopher Cross, The Pointer Sisters, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Patti Labelle, Phil Collins and Leo Sayer.

Mercy, I'm out of breath.

She has won an Oscar for "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (six nominations), a Grammy (nine nominations), two Golden Globes (seven nominations), and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

She also recorded one solo hit, "Stronger Than Before," in 1981, which was my No. 16 song of the year.With my pal Larry D.