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Don Black OBE (born June 21, 1938) is an English lyricist. His works have included numerous musicals, movie themes and hit songs. He began his music business career as an office boy with a music publishing firm, and later worked as a song-plugger. He also had a brief spell as a stand-up comic. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Lyrics are the words in songs. ...

He was personal manager to singer, Matt Monro for many years and also provided songs for the singer (usually writing English lyrics to continental songs). These included Walk Away (music: Udo Jûrgens) and For Mamma (music: Charles Aznavour). Matt Monro (December 1, 1932- February 7, 1985) was a ballad singer of the 1960s and one of great international postwar entertainers. ... Charles Aznavour (Armenian: Õ‡Õ¡Õ¼Õ¬ Ô±Õ¦Õ¶Õ¡Õ¾Õ¸Ö‚Ö€; born May 22, 1924) is an Armenian-French singer, songwriter and actor. ...

In collaboration with composer John Barry, he wrote the title song for the 1966 film Born Free, which won the Oscar for Best Song that year, as well as providing another hit for Matt Monro. Black's other movie song credits include the themes for many of the early James Bond films, Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun, Surrender from Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. He later collaborated with Barry again on Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, and their ill-fated Broadway musical The Little Prince and the Aviator. A composer is a person who writes music. ... John Barry. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Born Free is a book written by Joy Adamson in the 1960s about an orphaned Kenya. ... The Academy Award for Best Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... Flemings image of James Bond; commissioned to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... Thunderball is the fourth film in the EON Productions James Bond series, and also the fourth film to star Sean Connery as British Secret Service agent, Commander James Bond 007. ... Diamonds Are Forever is the 7th film in the James Bond series and the sixth and final to star Sean Connery as MI6 agent after his absence from the previous Bond film On Her Majestys Secret Service starring George Lazenby in the lead role as secret agent James Bond. ... The Man with the Golden Gun is the ninth film in the James Bond series and the second to star Roger Moore as MI6 agent James Bond. ... Tomorrow Never Dies is the 18th film in the James Bond series and the second to star Pierce Brosnan as MI6 agent James Bond. ... The World Is Not Enough is the nineteenth official James Bond film made by EON Productions and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as Ian Flemings secret agent, James Bond. ... Out of Africa is a memoir by Isak Dinesen (the pseudonym of Danish Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke), first published in 1937. ... Dances with Wolves is a 1990 epic film which tells the story of a United States cavalry officer from the Civil War who travels into the Dakota Territory, near a Sioux tribe. ... The Little Prince and the Aviator is a musical with a book by Hugh Wheeler, lyrics by Don Black, and music by John Barry. ...

On Days Like These, the title song of the original version of the movie The Italian Job was written by Don Black, to music by Quincy Jones. The Italian Job is a British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson. ...

He has also provided lyrics for Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Michel Legrand and Marvin Hamlisch, and has had two US number one hits, Michael Jackson's Ben (music: Walter Sharp) and Lulu's To Sir, with Love (music: Mark London). Jule Styne (December 31, 1905 – September 20, 1994) was a British born American songwriter. ... Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994), was an Academy Award winning American composer, conductor and arranger. ... Elmer Bernstein (pronounced Bern-steen[1]) (April 4, 1922 – August 18, 2004) was an Academy and two-time Golden Globe award winning film score composer. ... Michel Legrand (born February 24, 1932 in Paris) is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor and pianist. ... Marvin Hamlisch (born June 2, 1944) is an American composer. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, OBE, (born 3 November 1948 in Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire), best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, actor, model, and television personality who has been successful in the entertainment business from the 1960s through the 2000s. ... To Sir, with Love is the theme from the 1967 film To Sir, with Love. ...

Black's stage musical credits include Billy (music: John Barry), Bar Mitzvah Boy (music: Jule Styne), Dear Anyone (music: Geoff Stephens), Budgie (music: Mort Shuman) and several Andrew Lloyd Webber shows - the 1980 song-cycle, Tell Me on a Sunday, which was performed by Marti Webb (whom he also managed for a time); Aspects of Love, which propelled Michael Ball to stardom; and, together with Christopher Hampton, the musical adaptation of the classic Billy Wilder film Sunset Boulevard. In 2002 he worked with Indian composer A. R. Rahman on the musical Bombay Dreams. Billy is a West End musical based on the novel and play Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall. ... Original cast recording Bar Mitzvah Boy is a musical, originally written for the London stage, with a book by Jack Rosenthal, lyrics by Don Black, and music by Jule Styne. ... Mort Shuman (November 12, 1936 _ November 2, 1991) was an American singer and songwriter. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of Julian Lloyd Webber. ... Originally produced in 1978 as a concert for theatre, Tell Me On A Sunday was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starred Marti Webb. ... Marti Webb in Andrew Lloyd Webbers Song and Dance (1982) Marti Webb (born 13 December 1944, in London) is a musical actress from England, who appeared on stage in Evita, before starring in Andrew Lloyd Webbers one woman show Tell Me On A Sunday in the mid 1980s. ... Aspects of Love is a chamber opera with a book and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart. ... There are several people named Michael Ball: Michael Ball (singer), a singer and actor Michael Ball (footballer), an English football (soccer) player Category: ... Billy Wilder (June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002) was an Austrian-born, Jewish-American journalist, screenwriter, film director, and producer whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. ... Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. ... Allah Rakha Rahman (Tamil: ஏ.ஆர்.ரஹ்மான்) (born on January 6, 1966 as A. S. Dileep Kumar in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) is an internationally renowned musician, best known for composing film scores and soundtracks. ... Bombay Dreams on Broadway, New York City Bombay Dreams is a Bollywood-themed musical. ...

He also co-wrote with Jim Steinman the single "Is Nothing Sacred," which was sung by Meat Loaf. Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York, New York) is an American rock and musical theater composer. ... Meat Loaf is the stage name of Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1947)). He is an American rock singer and actor of stage and screen. ...

Black lives with his wife Shirley in London, England. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


  • Wrestling With Elephants (The Authorized Biography of Don Black) by James Inverne (Sanctuary Publishing, 2003)

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