Canadian songwriter Jim Vallance has written hundreds of songs since 1977, for everyone from Aerosmith to Marie Wilson. But you probably know him best for the song that inspired thousands of kids to buy their first real six-string: he co-wrote Summer of ’69 with Bryan Adams. The (exhaustive!) production notes are right here.
He even collaborated with Jimmy Barnes for two tracks from Freight Train Heart – so he’s not completely evil, surely.
But there’s a lesser-known gem buried in his discography. He worked with a little band called Glass Tiger, roped in Bryan Adams for a cameo vocal, and produced their anthemic 1985 wave-your-lighters-smash-hit Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone.