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Will Jennings (born 1944 in Kilgore, Texas) is a prolific and highly successful American songwriter. Kilgore is a city in East Texas, United States. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ...


Born Wilbur Jennings, he has co-written or wrote songs for a number of motion picture soundtracks and numerous popular singers including Steve Winwood, B.B. King, Peter Wolf, Randy Crawford, Jimmy Buffett, Rodney Crowell, Roy Orbison, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Frankie Miller, Tim McGraw, Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, Céline Dion and many others. He has received the following major awards: This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... Peter Wolf (born Peter Blankfield on March 7, 1946) is an American rock and roll musician, best known as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from 1967 to 1982. ... Randy Crawford (born Veronica Crawford, February 18, 1952, in Macon, Georgia), is a jazz and R&B singer. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Texas singer/songwriter, considered as a part of both the Alt Country and the mainstream Country music camps. ... Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed The Big O, was an influential American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. ... Joe Cocker (born John Robert Cocker, 20 May 1944, Sheffield) is an English rock/blues singer who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice, and his cover versions of popular songs. ... Eric Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century,[1] garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Frankie Miller is a Scottish rock singer/songwriter who had moderate success in the 1970s with a gritty voice similar to Rod Stewart or Joe Cocker. ... Tim McGraw (born Samuel Timothy Smith on May 1, 1967, in Delhi, Louisiana) is an American country music singer who has achieved many number one hits on the country singles and album charts, with total sales in excess of 25 million units. ... Linda Marie Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is a multi-Grammy-winning, multi-platinum selling, and Emmy Award-winning American singer. ... Aaron Neville (born January 24, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American soul and R&B singer. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion, OC, OQ (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian Grammy, Juno, and Oscar award-winning pop singer and occasional songwriter and actress. ...

Legend has it that Jennings got his big break while playing his "last gig" in Nashville. A starving songwriter, ready to go back to Texas, he was trying to auction his PA system when a member of the audience who worked for BMI approached him with an offer. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... My Heart Will Go On is the theme song of the highly popular 1997 film Titanic. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Tears in Heaven is a heartfelt ballad written and performed by Eric Clapton about the pain he felt following the 1991 death of his 4-year-old son, Conor, who fell from a 53rd story window in his mothers New York City condominium. ... Eric Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century,[1] garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Rush is a crime drama from 1991. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Bernard Alfred (Jack) Nitzsche (Chicago, April 22, 1937 – Hollywood, August 25, 2000) was an integral presence in the history of popular music in the 20th century. ... 7 Buffy Sainte-Marie Buffy Sainte-Marie (born February 20, 1941) is a Canadian First Nations musician, composer, visual artist, educator and social activist. ... Joe Cocker (born John Robert Cocker, 20 May 1944, Sheffield) is an English rock/blues singer who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice, and his cover versions of popular songs. ... Drawing of Jennifer Warnes on the cover of her 1982 collection The Best of Jennifer Warnes Jennifer Jean Warnes (born March 3, 1947 in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter. ... An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 film which tells the story of a United States Navy aviation Officer Candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who trains him. ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... Ill Never Love This Way Again is a 1979 hit recorded by American soul singer Dionne Warwick. ... The Competition is an American movie starring Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving, made in 1980. ... A public address system, abbreviated PA system, is an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas. ... BMI may stand for: Bank Melli Iran, a public bank in Iran. ...


Will Jennings also wrote the lyrics for UDO JURGENS composition "Leave a little Love", which was very successful at the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival 1981 in Tokyo, Japan. Jurgens received the Most Outstanding award for performance, and the Most Outstanding award for composition.


Jennings co-wrote a majority of the songs on two of Buffett's albums, Riddles in the Sand (1984) and Last Mango in Paris (1985). This era of Buffett's career was a very experimental period, venturing into uncharted waters for him. Riddles was described as a country album, and some songs from Paris can easily considered 80s pop (songs such as "Everybody's On the Run"). The albums were moderately successful, and the single "If the Phone Doesn't Ring, it's Me" hit the top 20 on the country charts.


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Will received his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa's Program in Nonfiction Writing in May of 1997 and has since been teaching undergraduate course offerings in both the English and Rhetoric Departments.
Will is the current director of The Morphing Textbook project and is helping coordinate the department's integration of multimedia and web-based instructional technologies.
Will is also a musician and songwriter who performs in concert and at regional festivals as a member of the band, Big Wooden Radio.
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