Adam Mitchell (songwriter)

Adam Mitchell (born 24 November 1944 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, most notable for writing "French Waltz," which was a hit for Nicolette Larson; "Dancing Round and Round," which was a hit for Olivia Newton-John; and for his later co-writing work with KISS on the albums Killers, Creatures of the Night, Crazy Nights, and Hot in the Shade.

Adam Mitchell
Born (1944-11-24) 24 November 1944 (age 76)
OriginGlasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland
Occupation(s)Songwriter, composer, singer
InstrumentsGuitar, piano
Years active1966–present
Associated actsThe Paupers, KISS, Nicolette Larson, Olivia Newton-John, Merle Haggard


Adam Mitchell was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1944, but moved with his family to Toronto, Canada, at the age of 12. At some point, he was a resident of Bolton, Ontario,[1] a community northwest of the city. He commenced his career in music in the mid-1960s, first as a folk singer in Toronto's Yorkville district, and later as a member of The Paupers,[2] a Toronto-based band that was managed by Albert Grossman, and which Mitchell joined in 1966. Mitchell's singing and songwriting were featured on the two albums released by the group. The group, while not internationally successful, was nonetheless notable for having performed in 1967 at the Monterey International Pop Festival.[3]

Following the break-up of The Paupers in 1968, Mitchell moved into music production, producing albums by Canadian bands McKenna Mendelson Mainline and Fludd.[2]

In 1979, Mitchell released a solo album, Redhead in Trouble, on Warner Bros. Records.[4] "Fool For Love" was released as a single. The album also contained two of Mitchell's songs which were popularized by others: "French Waltz," by Nicolette Larson; and "Dancin' Round and Round," by Olivia Newton-John. Larson featured "French Waltz" on her debut album Nicolette, released in 1978.[5] The song was first covered by Jane Olivor on her 1977 album "Chasing Rainbows."[6] The song was also covered by Doug Kershaw,[7] Art Garfunkel[8] and Anne Murray.[9]

Olivia Newton-John included "Dancin' Round and Round" on her 1978 album Totally Hot.[10] The song has been described as "a wonderful country/pop tune."[11] Newton-John released "Dancin' Round and Round" to the country music charts, where it peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Country Singles chart. In addition, the album became a country music hit, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.[12] The song was also covered by Nicolette Larson.[13]

Mitchell also wrote the popular country song "Out Among The Stars", that was covered by Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings,[14] among others. The song was the title track to Haggard's 1987 album[15] and Cash's posthumous 2014 album.

Through being introduced to the band by producer Michael James Jackson,[16] Mitchell later became a co-writer of songs with various members of Kiss, including the title songs to the Creatures of the Night (1982) and Crazy Nights (1987) albums. With Paul Stanley, Mitchell co-wrote three of the nine songs on Creatures of the Night, including the title track. On Crazy Nights, in addition to writing the title track with Paul Stanley, Mitchell co-wrote, with Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick, two other songs included on the album. With Gene Simmons and Eric Carr, Mitchell co-wrote "Dial 'L' For Love", a song that went unreleased from the Crazy Nights sessions but was eventually released on Carr's posthumous album Unfinished Business. In addition, a song that Mitchell had originally written in 1981 was rewritten with Gene Simmons during the Crazy Nights sessions as "Are You Always This Hot", but remains unreleased. The last Kiss song that Mitchell contributed to was Carr's "Little Caesar" from the Hot in the Shade album (1989).

Mitchell has also written songs recorded by John Waite,[17] Wendy O. Williams,[18] Bonnie Tyler,[19] Chicago,[20] Johnny Lee,[21] Lynn Anderson,[22] Commander Cody[23] and Paul Anka,[24] among others.

In recent years, Mitchell has devoted much time to teaching others the art of songwriting.[25]


  1. ^ Whitbread, Steve (2 December 2016). "Rick Hansen's Man in Motion tour comes to Caledon". Caledon Enterprise. Retrieved 5 December 2016. Adam Mitchell of Bolton, along with three other musicians called 'The Paupers' have produced a new record which is gaining popularity over several Toronto radio stations. Their hit song is called 'If I Call You By Some Name.'
  2. ^ a b Uncredited, Profile of Adam Mitchell Archived 5 October 2017 at the Wayback Machine; xtrememusician. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  3. ^ KISS Dominion, 10 Questions With Adam Mitchell Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  4. ^ Allmusic, Particulars of Redhead In Trouble. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  5. ^ Allmusic, Particulars of Nicolette. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  6. ^ Allmusic, Particulars of Chasing Rainbows. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  7. ^ On The Louisiana Man (1978). See Allmusic, Particulars of The Louisiana Man. Retrieved 13 May 2012. Year of release erroneously specified as 1971.
  8. ^ On the album Scissors Cut (1981).
  9. ^ On the album Somebody's Waiting (1980).
  10. ^ Allmusic, Particulars of Totally Hot. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  11. ^ Joe Viglione, Review of Totally Hot; Allmusic. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  12. ^ The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country ... Google Books. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  13. ^ On ...Say When (1985).
  14. ^ On What Goes Around Comes Around (1979).
  15. ^ Allmusic, Particulars of Out Among The Stars
  16. ^ Kiss Asylum, Interview with Adam Mitchell, 29 June 1999. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  17. ^ "Tears", contained on the album No Brakes (1984). Co-written with then KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent, credited under his birth name, Vincent Cusano.
  18. ^ "Legends Never Die", contained on the album WOW (1984). Co-written with Micki Free and Gene Simmons. Simmons also produced the album.
  19. ^ "Matter of The Heart", co-written with Philip Allen Brown and contained on the soundtrack to the film The Wraith (1986).
  20. ^ "Man to Woman", co-written with Jason Scheff. Contained on the album Twenty 1 (1991).
  21. ^ "Fool For Love", contained on the album Lookin' For Love (1980).
  22. ^ "Fool For Love", contained on the album Back (1983).
  23. ^ "Don't Say Nothin'". Contained on The New Commander Cody Band, Rock 'N' Roll Again (1977).
  24. ^ "I Can't Get Over You" (co-written with Paul Anka). Contained on the album Headlines (1979).
  25. ^ Adam Mitchell's Art of Successful Songwriting Archived 5 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 11 April 2012.