Gerard Kenny Interview – Radio Warwickshire
Written by Clay on December 19, 2012
The team from Radio Warwickshire were invited down to London to interview Gerard Kenny, singer/songwriter.
In 1968 he landed his first recording contract with Warner Bros. Records. One of Kenny’s early releases, “Happiest Man”, is now highly collectible and sells for high sums at auctions .
It was not until 1978 after moving to England that he scored his first hit single with “New York, New York (So Good They Named It Twice)” (an ode to his hometown), which spent two months in the UK Singles Chart, with its parent album Made It Through The Rain going Top 20 the following year. Another single on the RCA record label, “Fantasy”, proved to be another chart hit in 1980. His composition “I Could Be So Good For You” was recorded by Dennis Waterman for the theme tune of the ITV series Minder and became a Top 10 hit single in the United Kingdom during 1980. It also gained an Ivor Novello Award for Kenny. In 1983, he began to work with Alan Jay Lerner on a musical adaption of My Man Godfrey, but Lerner died before it could be completed.
Since then Kenny has continued to record and release music. His songs have been recorded by Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Jack Jones, Marion Montgomery, Sacha Distel, James Last and Shirley Bassey, who recorded a song that he co-wrote with Lynsey de Paul, called “There’s No Place Like London”.