Roger Cook

Oral History Information

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Songwriter

Roger Cook was born in Bristol, England, and was involved with making music at an early age. He sang in a local Doo Wop group while a teenager, which is when he met his longtime friend and songwriting collaborator, Roger Greenaway. The two Rogers wrote such hits as “You’ve Got Your Trouble” recorded by the Fortunes, “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” a big hit for the Hollies, and a song originally written for a Coca-Cola jingle yet later was recorded by several artists entitled “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony).” Mr. Cook moved to Nashville in 1975 where he became a big influence in the songwriting and music publishing scenes. In fact, in 1997 he became the first British songwriter to be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2009 he and Roger Greenaway were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York. Roger also co-wrote the song “I Just Want to Dance with You" with his good friend John Prine.