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Also Known As: Wilbur Jennings Died:
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Birth Place: Profession: lyricist

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Award-winning lyricist Will Jennings has collaborated with a distinguished array of composers. Among his many songs with Richard Kerr are the Barry Manilow hits "Looks Like We Made It" (1976) and "Somewhere in the Night" (1978), and his frequent pairing with Steve Winwood led to a 1986 Grammy nomination for their song "Higher Love". Jennings also wrote the words for Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" and shared a Grammy for Song of the Year (1993) with the guitar legend. He earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for "People Alone" from "The Competition" (1980) and took home the statue for "Up Where We Belong" from "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982). Jennings first worked with James Horner on "The Land Before Time" (1988) and the duo provided the underrated songs for the animated sequel "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West" (1991). Their fourth collaboration, James Cameron's "Titanic" (1997), yielded the hit love theme "My Heart Will Go On", recorded by Celine Dion.

Award-winning lyricist Will Jennings has collaborated with a distinguished array of composers. Among his many songs with Richard Kerr are the Barry Manilow hits "Looks Like We Made It" (1976) and "Somewhere in the Night" (1978), and his frequent pairing with Steve Winwood led to a 1986 Grammy nomination for their song "Higher Love". Jennings also wrote the words for Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" and shared a Grammy for Song of the Year (1993) with the guitar legend. He earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for "People Alone" from "The Competition" (1980) and took home the statue for "Up Where We Belong" from "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982). Jennings first worked with James Horner on "The Land Before Time" (1988) and the duo provided the underrated songs for the animated sequel "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West" (1991). Their fourth collaboration, James Cameron's "Titanic" (1997), yielded the hit love theme "My Heart Will Go On", recorded by Celine Dion.

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 Score, The (2002)
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1975:
First feature film credit, the songs used in "The Commitment"
1976:
His song, "Looks Like We Made It" (written with Richard Kerr) was a hit for Barry Manilow
1978:
Had second hit recorded by Manilow, "Somewhere in the Night" (also written with Richard Kerr)
1980:
Received first Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for "People Alone" from "The Competition"; co-written with Lalo Schifrin
1982:
Won Oscar for Best Song, "Up Where We Belong" from "An Officer and a Gentleman"
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Co-wrote several song with Christopher Cross
1986:
Shared Grammy Award nomination with Steve Winwood for their song "Higher Love"
1988:
First feature collaboration with James Horner, "The Land Before Time"
1991:
Reteamed with Horner on "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West"
1993:
Shared Grammy Award for Song of the Year with Eric Clapton for "Tears in Heaven"
1997:
Fourth film with Horner, James Cameron's "Titanic"; wrote lyrics to hit song "My Heart Will Go On" recorded by Celine Dion; received Oscar as Best Song
1999:
Again collaborated with Horner on "Then You Look at Me", the theme for "Bicentennial Man", recorded by Celine Dion
2001:
Reteamed with James Horner to write "All Love Can Be" for "A Beautiful Mind"
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wife:
Carol Jennings.

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