John Bettis Biography (1946-)

Full name, John Gregory Bettis; born October 24, 1946, in Long Beach, CA; sonof Wayne Douglas and Nellie Jane (House) Bettis. Avocational interests: Scuba diving, sailing, travel, farm. Career: Lyricist. Songwriter for Almo Music, Hollywood, CA, 1970-76, Warner/Chappel Music, Beverly Hills, CA, 1976-82, and John Bettis Music, Sunset Beach, CA, 1982-; also affiliated with the publishing company words by john. Co-founder of The Carpenters. Member: National Academy of Songwriters (member of the board of directors,1980-94, chair of the board of directors, 1985-87), American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (member of the board of review, 1982-88, memberof the board of directors, 1995-). Awards, Honors: Gold records, Recording Industry of America, 1973, for "Yesterday One More," 1974, for "Top ofthe World," 1981, for "Slow Hand," 1985, for "Crazy for You," and recipient of other gold records; Grammy Award, album of the year--thriller, 1983, for "Human Nature"; Emmy Award nomination (with Steve Dorff), outstanding music andlyrics, 1985, for "As Long As We Got Each Other," the theme song for Growing Pains; Top Television Series Awards, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, 1986, for Growing Pains, 1987, for Just theTen of Us, and 1990, for Empty Nest; Emmy Award nomination (withSteve Dorff and Christopher Cross), outstanding music and lyrics, 1987, for "Aloha," Growing Pains; Emmy Award, 1989, for "One Moment in Time"; Grammy Award nomination, 1991, for "Can You Stop the Rain?"; Academy Award nomination (with Carmine Coppola), best original song, 1991, for "Promise Me You'll Remember," from The Godfather Part III; Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, 1999, for The Last Session; recipient of numerous platinum records from the Recording Industry of America; recipient of numerous Performance Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Addresses: Office: John Bettis Music, P.O. Box 668, Sunset Beach, CA 90742-0668.

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October 24, 1946
Long Beach, California, United States

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