Singing legend hits town

Albert Hammond performing live. Photo by Albrecht Schmidt
Albert Hammond performing live. Photo by Albrecht Schmidt

Albert Hammond OBE, is coming to Luton’s Central Library to perform his Songbook tour on Saturday, May 24.

The English songwriter, who turns 70 on Sunday, May 18, will be performing a collection of songs from the past 50 years.

He said: “I feel great about my upcoming tour, this time I’m bringing my whole band, I’m very excited about playing in Luton for the first time.”

The father-of-three grew up in Gibraltar and he started his music career with Gibraltarian band The Diamond Boys.

He said: “My music is worldly I have many classic songs, five decades of nostalgia, it takes the audience through their lives and mine too.”

The record producer collaborated with British singer Duffy in 2008, her album, Endlessly, released in 2010, was co-written and co-produced by Hammond.

His famous hits include It Never Rains In Southern California, The Free Electric Band and one of his favourites, The Air That I Breathe, and his composition with Diane Warren, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy in 1987.

He believes his greatest achievement is being inducted to The Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2008.

His son Albert junior has followed his father’s musical footsteps, he is a member of The Strokes and a successful solo artist.

Hammond will be touring until December, he then plans to work on a new record, he sums up his career as: “Amazing, happy and thankful.”

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £20, call 01582 878100 or visit