Thanks for the Love Songs Will Jennings


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Did you know that many of the most popular love songs written to date were penned by an East Texan?

Will Jennings was born in Kilgore, went to Tyler’s Chapel Hill High School, and earned his B.A. from Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches before venturing off to other parts of the country and becoming one of the most sought after songwriters in the world.

Jennings says his East Texas roots contribute to his success as a songwriter as it is there he learned about freedom.

“We lived mainly in the country, near town, and spent a lot of time fishing and hunting,” he said. “You don’t say it was real beauty when you look back on it, but there was a certain freedom in everything that was going on with that. I appreciate almost everything that goes around, and has some beauty to it.

“The first house we lived in, between Tyler and Kilgore, was next to a cotton gin and it was almost like living in the wild,” he said. “There’s some kind of feeling that goes into you. I suppose that’s because you are not dominated by machines, but by what kind of day it’s going to be. Is it going to be hot or cold? Are we going to get some birds or not?”

Here are just a few love songs he’s written so far:

My Heart Will Go On
“Titanic”
Music by James Horner
Recorded by Celine Dion

Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong
“An Officer and a Gentleman”
Co-writers: Jack Nitzxche,
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Recorded by Joe Cocker
and Jennifer Warnes

Back in the High Life Again
Co-writer/Recorded by Steve Winwood

Didnt We Almost Have it All
Co-writer: Michael Masser
Recorded by Whitney Houston

Higher Love
Co-writer/Recorded by Steve Winwood

Ill Never Love This Way Again
Co-writer Richard Kerr
Recorded by Dionne Warwick

Somewhere in the Night
Co-writer Richard Kerr
Recorded by Barry Manilow

Looks Like We Made It
Co-writer Richard Kerr
Recorded by Barry Manilow

What Kind Of Love
Co-writers: Rodney Crowell/
Roy Orbison
Recorded by Rodney Crowell

Love Came for Me
“Splash”
Co-writer: Lee Holdridge
Recorded by Rita Coolidge

Read more about Jennings and his formative years in East Texas on County Line eMagazine: www.countylinemagazine.com/February-2013/East-Texas-Freedom-Helped-Songwriter-Will-Jennings/

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