Roger Cook

Roger Cook

Real Name:
Roger Frederick Cook
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British songwriter, musician and producer, born August 19, 1940 in Bristol, UK. In 1975 he moved to the U.S. and settled in Nashville, Tennessee, where country musicians recorded his songs, with hits including Crystal Gayle's "Talking In Your Sleep" and "Love Is On A Roll" by Don Williams (2).

When credited together with Greenaway, use the entry Cook-Greenaway

Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.
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Roger Cook Discography

Albums

Roger James Cooke* Study (Album) Columbia UK 1970 Sell This Version
Roger Cook Meanwhile Back At The World (Album) Regal Zonophone, EMI US 1972 Sell This Version
Roger Cook Minstrel In Flight (Album) Regal Zonophone, Regal Zonophone New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
Roger Cook Alright (Album) Warner Bros. Records Inc. UK 1976 Sell This Version
ST-12160 Various, Paul Jabara, Russell Smith (5), Linda Hart, Roger Cook, Beverly D'Angelo, Frank Musker Various, Paul Jabara, Russell Smith (5), Linda Hart, Roger Cook, Beverly D'Angelo, Frank Musker - Honky Tonk Freeway(LP) Capitol Records ST-12160 US 1981 Sell This Version
CCW Featuring Hugh Cornwell, Roger Cook, Andy West (5) CCW Featuring Hugh Cornwell, Roger Cook, Andy West (5) - CCW (Album) UFO Records UK 1992 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Roger James Cooke* No That It Matters Anymore / Paper Chase (Single) Columbia UK 1968 Sell This Version
DB 8458 Roger James Cooke* Skyline Pigeon(7", Single, Promo) Columbia DB 8458 UK 1968 Sell This Version
Roger James Cooke* Stop / Someday (Single) Columbia, Columbia UK 1969 Sell This Version
DB 8596 Roger James Cooke* Smiling Through My Tears / Ain't That A Wonderful Thing(7", Promo) Columbia DB 8596 UK 1969 Sell This Version
Roger James Cooke* I Gotta Dream (Single) Columbia Sweden 1970 Sell This Version
Roger James Cooke* Jubilation (Single) Columbia UK 1970 Sell This Version
4E 006-91430 M Roger James Cooke* Today I Killed A Man I Didn't Know / Stop(7") Columbia 4E 006-91430 M Scandinavia 1970 Sell This Version
07.956 Roger James Cooke* If You Would Stay / Mama Packed A Picnic Tea(7", Single, Promo) Belter 07.956 Spain 1971 Sell This Version
Roger Cook People I've Gotta Dream (Single) Columbia Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
KA 554 Roger Cook Sweet America(7", Mono, Promo) Kama Sutra KA 554 US 1972 Sell This Version
KA 579 Roger Cook Stay With Me(7", Mono, Promo) Kama Sutra KA 579 US 1973 Sell This Version
Roger Cook If It Wasn't For The World (Single) Kama Sutra US 1973 Sell This Version
HAR 703 Roger Cook Would You Say I Love You?(7", Single) Harvest HAR 703 Venezuela 1973 Sell This Version
2058 410 Roger Cook Rose On Fire(7", Single) Polydor 2058 410 UK 1973 Sell This Version
RZ 3074 Roger Cook She(7", Single, Promo) Regal Zonophone RZ 3074 UK 1973 Sell This Version
2058 677 Roger Cook Here Comes Our Love Song / Oh You Do(7") Polydor 2058 677 UK 1976 Sell This Version
2058 747 Roger Cook Swimming In A Sea Of Trouble(7") Polydor 2058 747 UK 1976 Sell This Version
Roger Cook What's Your Name, What's Your Number (Single) Capricorn Records Portugal 1977 Sell This Version
2058 852 Roger Cook Please Get My Name Right(7", Single) Polydor 2058 852 UK 1977 Sell This Version

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June 24, 2016
Roger Frederick Cook (born 19 August 1940) is an English singer, songwriter and record producer, who has written many hit records for other recording artists. He has also had a successful recording career in his own right.

He is best known for his collaborations with Roger Greenaway. Cook's co-compositions have included "You've Got Your Troubles", and the transatlantic million selling songs, "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" and "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress". They were the first UK songwriting partnership to be granted an Ivor Novello Award as 'Songwriters of the Year' in two successive years.

In 1997, Cook became the only British songwriter to enter the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Cook was born in Fishponds, Bristol, England. Most of the hits he has written have been in collaboration with Roger Greenaway, whom he originally met while they were members of a close harmony group, the Kestrels. They had a brief but successful recording career between 1965 and 1967 as David and Jonathan, scoring hits with a cover version of the Beatles' "Michelle", and their own "Lovers of the World Unite". They also penned their first hit as songwriters for others in 1965, with "You've Got Your Troubles", a number 2 UK success for The Fortunes
and US number 7 for the Fortunes.

As a performer Cook is best remembered as a member of Blue Mink, sharing lead vocals with Madeline Bell. The group was formed in 1969, primarily as a producer's outfit, featuring a wealth of top session musicians including Herbie Flowers (bassist), Alan Parker (guitarist), Roger Coulam (keyboardist) and Barry Morgan (drummer), who were simultaneously members of the jazz / rock / big band fusion outfit CCS, another mainly recording act.

Over the next four years Blue Mink had several Top 20 entries, mostly co-written by Cook, the most successful being "Melting Pot" and "Banner Man", before they disbanded in 1974.

Cook also sang backing vocals on some of the earliest recordings by Elton John, and continued to record albums as a solo artist, including Study (1970), credited to Roger James Cooke, Meanwhile Back at the World (1972), Minstrel in Flight (1973) and Alright (1976).

Amongst hits he has written with others, including Greenaway and writers such as Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood and Tony Macaulay are "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" (The New Seekers), "Good Times, Better Times" (Cliff Richard), "Softly Whispering I Love You" (The Congregation), "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" (Gene Pitney), "Home Lovin' Man" (Andy Williams), "Blame It on the Pony Express" (Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon), "Something Old, Something New" (The Fantastics), "Something Tells Me (Something's Gonna Happen Tonight)" (Cilla Black), "I've Got You on My Mind", "When You Are a King" and "My Baby Loves Lovin'" (White Plains), "Gasoline Alley Bred" and "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" (The Hollies); "Freedom Come, Freedom Go" (The Fortunes), "Doctor's Orders" (Sunny), "I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman" (Whistling Jack Smith) and "Like Sister and Brother" (The Drifters). Cook co-wrote "I Just Want to Dance with You" with John Prine; Prine recorded the song in 1986 for his album German Afternoons, and it was a major hit for George Strait in 1998.

In 1975 Cook moved to the US and settled in Nashville, Tennessee, where he produced more hits including "Talking in Your Sleep" (Crystal Gayle in 1978, first recorded by Marmalade) and "Love Is on a Roll" (Don Williams). In 1977 he produced The Nashville Album, a record by Chip Hawkes, who had recently left the Tremeloes (but would rejoin the group a few years thereafter). He also opened a publishing company with accomplished songwriter Ralph Murphy named Pic-A-Lic.

In 1992 he joined former Stranglers member Hugh Cornwell and guitarist Andy West to release an album, CCW. Later he turned to writing for the stage and he has worked on two musicals, Beautiful and Damned, based on the lives of Jazz Age author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, in collaboration with Les Reed; and Don't You Rock Me Daddio, set in 1957 at the height of the skiffle age, with Joe Brown.

In 1997, Cook became the first (and so far only) British songwriter to enter the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Cook's daughter, Katie, is a host/presenter for cable network CMT.

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