Scott English, Producer & 'Brandy' Songwriter, Dies at 81

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Scott English arrives at the 2012 BMI London Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in central London.

Scott English, songwriter and producer who worked on many iconic tunes throughout history, died on Tuesday (Nov. 20) at age 81.

He is best known for penning "Brandy," which later became known as Barry Manilow's 1974 hit "Mandy." He also co-wrote a plethora of other smashes, including "Hi Ho Silver Lining" and "Bend Me Shape Me." He has cuts on Thin Lizzy, Bobby Darin, Black Lace, Slade, Donny Osmond, Dionne Warwick, Lynsey De Paul, Jeff Beck, Carole King, Amen Corner, Alan Parsons and Mama Cass.    

“Scott English was a gifted songwriter and an incredibly warm person who everyone loved working with," said Mike Smith, managing director of Warner/Chappell Music UK. "Even when he was ill in hospital, he was still working on new lyrics.  ‘Brandy’, which went on to be popularised as ‘Mandy’, is a timeless pop classic, while his prodigious output included songs for artists ranging from Dionne Warwick to Thin Lizzy.  He’ll be truly missed and our thoughts are with his family.”