John Bettis

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John Bettis (born 24 October 1946) is an American lyricist who has co-written many famous popular songs over the years. In 2011, John was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He was originally part of the band Spectrum, which also featured Richard and Karen Carpenter. He would provide the lyrics for many hit songs for The Carpenters' ("Top of the World", "Only Yesterday", "Goodbye to Love" and "Yesterday Once More"), and later for other famous artists such as Madonna ("Crazy for You"), Michael Jackson ("Human Nature"), The Pointer Sisters ("Slow Hand") Diana Ross ("When You Tell Me That You Love Me"), Jennifer Warnes ("Nights Are Forever"), Peabo Bryson ("Can You Stop the Rain"), George Strait ("Heartland"), Ronnie Milsap ("Only One Love in My Life"), and Barbara Mandrell ("One Of A Kind Pair Of Fools"). Bettis also co-wrote "One Moment in Time", the 1988 Summer Olympics anthem performed by Whitney Houston, and the theme song to the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains, "As Long As We Got Each Other."

He was born in Long Beach,......
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