is a Los Angeles
He is best remembered for his 1977 self-penned song
"I Like Dreamin'", which achieved the #3 chart position on the Billboard Hot 100
early that year.
He also co-wrote
with Bob Crewe
, including Frankie Valli
's "My Eyes Adored You
" and Labelle
's "Lady Marmalade
" (both 1975).
Life and career
At the age of 13 he won a scholarship
, but dropped out after six months, bored with the conventional regime. Four years later, a scholarship to Chouinard went the same way, and Nolan decided to send songs in to any artist
he thought might be suitable. It brought him to the attention of both veteran songwriter
Crewe and entrepreneur Wes Farrell
, both of whom harnessed the then youngster's talent.
As house producer
at Farrell's Chelsea label
, Nolan wrote and/or produced a string of successful singles
for the label, including Jim Gilstrap
's "Swing Your Daddy" and "Take Your Daddy for a Ride," Dee Clark
's "Ride a Wild Horse," and Linda Carr's "High Wire." With Crewe, meanwhile, he co-penned some of the era's biggest successes. These included Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lette's "Get Dancing," LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade," and Frankie Valli's "My Eyes Adored You."
Nolan also had ambition to perform - it was he who supplied the falsetto
that dominated "Get Dancing" - and, after a short tenure... Read More