Love Sneaking Up On You

“Love Sneaking Up On You”- 1994 Music & Lyric: Tom Snow, Jimmy Scott Song History: Recorded by Bonnie Raitt and written by Tom Snow and Jimmy Scott.  It was released in 1994 on Bonnie’s Longing In Their Hearts album.  It was on the Billboard Year End Hot 100 Singles of 1994. Author’s Note: Some songs come slowly. This one started life in the spring of 1993 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was fully grown three months later in Los Angeles. Jimmy Scott was visiting me in... Read More

He’s So Shy

“He’s So Shy” – 1980 Music: Tom Snow Lyric: Cynthia Weil Song History: Although the song’s title recalls the girl group classic “He’s So Fine” by the Chiffons, “He’s So Shy” was in fact conceived by its composers as a song for Leo Sayer to record as “She’s So Shy”. The song was pitched to Richard Perry who’d produced Sayer’s biggest hits(“You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”, “When... Read More

Don’t Know Much

“Don’t Know Much”- 1989 Music: Tom Snow, Barry Mann Lyric: Cynthia Weil Song History: “Don’t Know Much” achieved classic status as a duet by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville for Ronstadt’s 1989 album “Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind”.  The title is a phrase from its refrain: I don’t know much, but I know I love you, and that may be all I need to know. The song had a rich history prior to its success in 1989. It first appeared... Read More

Dreaming of You

“Dreaming of You” -1995 Music & Lyric: Tom Snow &  Franne Golde Song History: Selena’s biggest single, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 was the follow up to “I Could Fall In Love” which was released only in the Latin market. “Dreaming of You” was released at the end of the first quarter of 1995, after Selena’s tragic murder. It appeared on the album of the same name. In the fifteen years since Selena’s death there have been many... Read More

You Might Need Somebody

“You Might Need Somebody”– 1979 Music: Tom Snow Lyric: Nan O’Byrne & Tom Snow Song History: First recorded in 1979 by Randy Crawford. The song was chosen for Randy by her producer Tommy Lipuma  and released on her solo album, “Secret Combination”, in 1980. The album stayed on the UK charts for sixty weeks and “You Might Need Somebody” reached number 11 on the UK Singles Chart.  The song has been cut by multiple artists through the... Read More

If Ever You’re In My Arms Again

“If Ever You’re in My Arms Again”- 1984 Music: Tom Snow, Michael Masser Lyric: Cynthia Weil Song History: Recorded by R&B singer Peabo Bryson. Released as a single from his album Straight from the Heart, the single became Bryson’s first Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at #10 during the summer of 1984. It also peaked at #6 on the R&B chart, and it spent four weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart. Author’s Note:... Read More

Somewhere Down The Road

“Somewhere Down The Road”- 1982 Music: Tom Snow Lyric: Cynthia Weil Song History: Recorded in 1981 by Barry Manilow. The song was chosen for Barry Manilow by Arista Records‘ then-president, Clive Davis, and recorded by Manilow on his album If I Should Love Again. Released as the follow-up to the top-20 hit “The Old Songs”, “Somewhere Down the Road” did moderately well as a single in early 1982, reaching #21 on the Billboard Hot 100. On February... Read More

Let’s Hear It For The Boy

“Let’s Hear It for the Boy” – 1984 Music: Tom Snow Lyric: Dean Pitchford Song History: A number-one song for both Deniece Williams from the soundtrack to the feature film, Footloose. It climbed to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, as well as number one on the dance and R&B charts,[1][2] and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, and, in 1992, was certified Platinum by the RIAA.... Read More

After All

“After All” – 1989 Music: Tom Snow Lyric: Dean Pitchford Song History: Written for the movie “Chances Are”, performed by Cher and Peter Cetera (former lead vocalist of Chicago) and produced by Peter Asher, “After All” was released  in 1989 by Geffen Records. It was used as the love theme in the film and was subsequently nominated for both the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. The song was also the first North American... Read More

Good For Me

“Good For Me” – 1992 Music: Tom Snow, Jay Gruska Lyric: Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick Song History: Released as the sixth single from the smash hit album, Heart In Motion, its melody, lyric and underlying rhythm make it the most comparable song to “Baby Baby.” It was her fourth consecutive Top Five Adult Contemporary single and Top Ten Hot 100 single in the United States, reaching #4 and #8, respectively. Author’s Note: My one and only collaboration... Read More

Sign up for my mailing list!