Charl van Heyningen Enterprises has announced the forthcoming SA tour by chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Albert Hammond, OBE.
This legendary artist, whose chart topping hits include ‘It Never Rains in Southern California’, ‘Free Electric Band’, ‘I’m a Train’ and ‘Peacemaker’, will return to Johannesburg in 2016 to perform two concerts only, at the Teatro at Montecasino on April 16 at 8pm; and the 17th at 3pm. Tickets are on sale now at Computicket.
In 2014, Hammond wowed his fans and gained many more with his three highly successful concerts staged in Potchefstroom at the Aardklop National Arts Festival, Johannesburg and Cape Town. The resounding success of the 2014 concerts prompted local promoter, Charl van Heyningen to bring the “Peacemaker” back to the country. “The previous Albert Hammond concerts had audiences dancing from the moment the curtain went up. Such was the popularity of this artist and his concerts that we had many requests for additional concert dates, which we unfortunately couldn’t accommodate at the time. Albert Hammond will be back next year,” says van Heyningen.
The Albert Hammond “Songbook Tour” 2016 will take the artist around the world. He will be joined on stage by his four-piece band to present a two-hour journey through five decades of our lives. One of the world’s greatest songwriters, Hammond has accumulated no less than 360 million records sold worldwide.
Perhaps better known for his hit recordings, Hammond is also an esteemed songwriter who has written some of the best-selling songs in music history, including ‘The Air That I Breathe’ for The Hollies. Hammond co-wrote many famous numbers such as ‘To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before’, a major 1980s hit for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson; ‘One Moment in Time’ performed by Whitney Houston; and ‘When You Tell Me That You Love Me’ by Diana Ross.
He collaborated with Diane Warren on ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’, which became a number one hit in 1987 for Starship and for which he was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and a GRAMMY Award. Hammond also wrote ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love’, a hit for Chicago that peaked at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1988.
Throughout his 40 year plus career, Hammond worked with mega music stars including Tina Turner, for whom he wrote ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose You’, ‘Be Tender With Me Baby’ and ‘Way of the World’.
Hammond has also worked with many mega musical stars including Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Neil Diamond. On June 19, 2008, Hammond was inducted in the Songwriters Hall