Morris Albert (born Morris Albert Schwarzer, January 18, 1951 in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American singer and songwriter. He has been noted for his highly emotional ballads of lost love including “Feelings” which held the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks in 1975.
Albert grew up in New York City, where he attended Forest Hills High School in Queens. He was the only child of a jazz trombonist father and an actress mother. Morris Albert began writing songs as a teenager, but never believed music would become his career. While attending New York University, he studied classical piano and majored in business administration.
After graduating from NYU in 1972, Morris Albert moved to Los Angeles with the intention of becoming a classical pianist. Morris worked for several companies, including the United States Census Bureau and Gulf+Western (which owned Paramount Pictures, Famous Music Publishing Company and Simon & Schuster at that time). He also played keyboards for Barry Manilow on two of Manilow’s albums, “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling” (1975) and “This One’s for You” (1976).