from Hackney, London, England
June 21, 1938 (age 83)
Lyricist/librettist Don Black is perhaps best-known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber and for the James Bond theme songs he co-wrote with composer John Barry: Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, and Man With the Golden Gun. Black began his career in show business as a standup comedian and debuted as a lyricist for the musical +Billy, written with Barry. He later collaborated with Quincy Jones on the 1969 soundtrack The Italian Job, scored the #Dove soundtrack in 1974, and has since scored many hit musicals with Andrew Lloyd Webber throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including +Tell Me on a Sunday, +Sunset Boulevard, and +Aspects of Love. In addition to his work for successful musicals, Black has written other popular hit songs, including Ben, a U.K. chart-topper for Michael Jackson; To Sir With Love, a U.S. number one single for Lulu; Matt Munro's Walk Away; I'll Put You Together Again by Hot Chocolate; and the Olympics theme Amigos Para Siempre, written with Lloyd Webber. Black has collaborated with other leading composers such as Henry Mancini, Jule Styne, and Charles Strouse. He has served as vice president of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and is the recipient of multiple Academy Award nominations, Tony Awards, and Ivor Novello Awards, as well as an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award. In 1995, a collection of his songs, entitled Songbook, was released. ~ Joslyn Layne, Rovi
Don Black interviewed by the TYT about his support for Ron Paul.
Don Black "Why You Mad" Official Music Video
DON BLACK x FOOL WIT IT x Official Video
Don Black - Like A Brick (Official Music Video)
Diamonds Are Forever: The Don Black Songbook - James Bond Themes
Don Black - Oowop
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black chat to Jason Manford | Olivier Awards 2020 with Mastercard
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