Albert Hammond was born in London, England, due to a war-time shift in family circumstances. He started in music with Gibraltarian band "The Diamond Boys," of no huge commercial success, but which played a part in Spain's introduction to popular music, which at the time was under a very conservative dictatorship. The Diamond Boys performed at the first nightclubs in Madrid to stage modern bands alongside Spanish rock and roll pioneers, such as Miguel Rios. In 1966 Hammond co-founded the British vocal group, Family Dogg scoring a UK Top 10 hit with "A Way of Life" in 1969.
He later moved to the United States, where he began his professional career as a musician. He is known for his hits of the 1970s released on Columbia Records subsidiary Mums Records.
Hammond also collaborated with Diane Warren on "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" a transatlantic No. 1 in 1987 for Starship and "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love," a hit for Chicago, which peaked at No. 3 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1988. Hammond also wrote "One Moment in Time," the theme song to the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, as performed by Whitney Houston. With Hal David, Hammond co-wrote "To All The Girls I've Loved Before", a hit in 1984 for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson.
His son, Albert Hammond, Jr. is a successful solo musician and also a member of The Strokes.