Singer/songwriter of “Put A Little Love In Your Heart.”

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Jackie DeShannon

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Perfomed era-defining anthems “What The World Needs Now Is Love” and "Bette Davis Eyes"

Singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon is best known as the soulful voice behind two of the 1960s most enduring, era-defining anthems - Burt Bacharach & Hal David's "What The World Needs Now Is Love" and DeShannon's own "Put A Little Love In Your Heart."

Her songs have been performed by such artists as Al Green, Annie Lennox, Van Morrison, Brenda Lee, The Carpenters, The Temptations, Marianne Faithfull, The Searchers, Ella Fitzgerald and Bruce Springsteen. In the early 1960s, Jackie partnered with Sharon Sheeley on dozens of songs ("Dum Dum," "The Great Imposter," "Breakaway," "You Won't Forget Me").

Collaborations followed with Randy Newman, Jack Nitzsche, Jimmy Page and John Bettis. In 1964, Jackie toured as an opening act for the Beatles. Writing solo, she composed the hits "When You Walk In The Room" and "Come And Stay With Me."

She earned a million-seller in 1969 with "Put A Little Love In Your Heart," written with Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday. DeShannon won a Grammy for Song of the Year in 1982 for "Bette Davis Eyes" with writing partner Donna Weiss.

Broke the glass celiing for female rock songwriters

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Biography & Discography:

ASCAP Ace Database (www.ascap.com)

BMI Database (www.bmi.com)

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (www.grammy.com)

All Music Guide (www.allmusic.com)

Top Pop Singles:1955-1999
Whitburn, Joel
Record Research, Inc. 1999.

Top Country Singles
Whitburn, Joel
Record Research, Inc. 1999.

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