Back in the High Life Turns 33


The blockbuster album Back in the High Life by Steve Winwood was released in June 1986. Five of eight songs — including two of its biggest hits, “Higher Love” and “Back in the High Life Again” — were co-written by Winwood and Will Jennings of Tyler. The album went on to win three Grammys and sold more than 5 million copies.

Jennings was born June 27. He’s a member of the  Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association and is popularly known for writing the lyrics for “My Heart Will Go On,” the theme for the film Titanic. He has won several awards including three Grammys, two Golden Globes, and two Academy Awards.

Throughout his career, Jennings wrote for a wide variety of artists including Winwood, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Joe Sample, Rodney Crowell, Mariah Carey, Jimmy Buffett, Barry Manilow, Peter Wolf, Celine Dion, and Roy Orbison. Read more in the County Line archives.


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