Carole Bayer Sager: Carole Bayer Sager

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51OQ15ao+xL._SX425_If you’re the type of person who reads songwriter credits, Sager’s name should be more than a little familiar. Besides penning lyrics for most of Melissa Manchester’s material, she has written hits for Neil Sedaka, Leo Sayer, Cher and many other artists. Until now, however, she has never tried her hand at singing and it’s difficult to see why, since her quavering, Melanie-like vocals make me suspect that she could become her own best interpreter. Sager’s unrequited-love songs, written with Manchester, Peter Allen and others, are too shallow and MOR-oriented for my tastes. But all of them are catchy and professionally wrought, and several sound like chart contenders.

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