John Bettis

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

He was originally part of the band Spectrum, which also featured Richard and Karen Carpenter. He wrote the lyrics for "Top of the World", a huge hit for both Lynn Anderson and The Carpenters. He wrote several more hits for The Carpenters, including "Only Yesterday", "Goodbye to Love" and "Yesterday Once More". He later wrote hits for other 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, California, the son of Wayne Douglas and Nellie Jane (House) Bettis, and attended San Pedro High School, Class of 1964. He was a member of the choir and attended plays in the evenings with a group of drama students. After graduation he attended California State University.

In theatre, John has provided lyrics for the musicals Lunch (tour 1994); Svengali (1992); The Last Session (L.A. Drama critics Award, Best Musical Score 1998); Say Goodnight (1999); Pure Country (2008) and most recently Josephine (2011).

As of mid-2008, Bettis has nearly 800 song credits in the ASCAP database.

John Bettis currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Mary and his two children Wyatt and Conway.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Romantic Sax Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Television's Greatest Hits, Volume 7: Cable Ready Various Artists 1

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