Roger Greenaway

One of Britain’s most prolific songwriting teams, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway first came to prominence when the Fortunes recorded their composition “You’ve Got Your Troubles,” a Top Ten smash in both the U.S. and U.K. The Fortunes released their follow-up hit, “This Golden Ring,” and Gary Lewis & the Playboys scored an American Top Ten hit with “Green Grass,” both Cook-Greenaway creations. David & Jonathan, Cook and Greenaway’s alter ego, landed their biggest U.K. hit that summer with the Top Ten “Lovers of the World Unite,” and the two subsequently began writing advertising jingles, most notably for Coca-Cola.

In late 1967, Gene Pitney scored a Top Five U.K. hit with “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart.” In 1970, Cook and Greenaway wrote a Top Ten U.S. and U.K. hit for White Plains with “My Baby Loves Lovin”’ and their song “Home Lovin’ Man” was also a U.K. hit for crooner Andy Williams. In late 1971, the pair’s iconic Coke jingle was adapted into the pop song “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” and became a hit for both the Hillside Singers and the New Seekers; the latter’s version became the pair’s first U.K. chart-topper as demand for their ad jingles skyrocketed. The Congregation had a U.K. hit in 1971 with a cover of David & Jonathan’s “Softly Whispering I Love You.” Other Cook and Greenaway hits include “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” with the Hollies, “I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman” with Whistling Jack Smith and “Here Comes that Rainy Day Feeling Again” with the Fortunes.

Between 1965 and 1975 the two Rogers wrote over 60 top ten UK hits and in one consecutive five year spell were never out of the Top 50. They were the first UK song writing partnership ever to be awarded the coveted Ivor Novella Songwriters of the Year award two years in succession.

In 1975 when Cook decided to seek new challenges in the USA, Greenaway joined the Board of the Performing Right Society where he served as a Writer Director for 19 years, twice occupying the Deputy Chair and as Chairman from 1983 to 1986 inclusive. In 1994 he began his current job with ASCAP (the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers) running the London office and as Senior Vice President/International is Head of ASCAP’s International Team. In 1998, he was awarded the Grand Order of the British Empire for services to the Music Industry by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

While living in Nashville, Roger Cook has had seven number one records (country) and he is the only Englishman ever to be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.