Don Black started out as a stand-up comedian and blames himself entirely for the death of Variety. He made his West End debut as lyricist with composer John Barry on the musical Billy, starring Michael Crawford (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane).
Theatre: Adaptation of the French musical Romeo & Juliet (Piccadilly Theatre); together with Christopher Hampton, the book and lyrics on a musical version of Dracula scheduled to open later this year on Broadway; three collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber notably the book and lyrics for the award-winning Sunset Boulevard (with Christopher Hampton); Tell Me On A Sunday - developed to form the basis for Song & Dance and Aspects of Love (with Charles Hart). Don Black also wrote the love duet Next Time You Fall In Love for the re-vamped Starlight Express.
Film: Over one hundred songs for films including The Italian Job, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, True Grit, Dances With Wolves, Out of Africa and a quintet of ‘James Bond’ theme songs – Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man With The Golden Gun, Surrender from Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. Other credits include Michael Jackson’s Ben and Lulu’s To Sir With Love (both US number one hits).
Recording: Don Black has worked with some of the world's leading contemporary composers including, Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, and Charles Aznavour.
Awards: Don Black has enjoyed a career with many glittering prizes including an Oscar (for his song Born Free), five Academy award nominations, three Tony nominations and two Tony awards (for best book and best lyrics for his work on Sunset Boulevard), five Ivor Novello awards, a Golden Globe and many platinum, gold and silver discs.
Don was recently awarded an OBE in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Songs Associated this writer
- Anything But Lonely
- Capped Teeth And Caesar Salad
- Capped Teeth And Caesar Salad Reprise
- Chanson Denfance
- Come Back With The Same Look In Your Eyes
- English Girls
- English Girls U.s. Version
- Everybody Loves A Hero
- Exit From Tell Me On A Sunday, Song & Dance
- Finale From Tell Me On A Sunday
- First Letter Home
- First Man You Remember, The
- Hand Me The Wine And The Dice
- I Love New York - So Much To Do In New York
- I Wont Change Places
- Im Very You, Youre Very Me
- Ive Been In Love Too Long
- Its Not The End Of The World If Hes Married
- Its Not The End Of The World If Hes Younger
- Its Not The End Of The World If I Lose Him
- Journey Of A Lifetime
- Last Man In My Life, The
- Leading Lady
- Let Me Finish
- Let Me Finish Reprise
- Lets Talk About You
- Letter Home
- Love Changes Everything
- Married Man
- Memory Of A Happy Moment, A
- Mermaid Song
- Nothing Like Youve Ever Known
- Opening Ceremony Barcelona 1992 Games
- Opening Ceremony Olympic Games 1992
- Orchestral Introduction To Act Two
- Other Pleasures
- Parlez-vous Francais?
- Second Letter Home
- Shed Be Far Better Off With You
- Sheldon Bloom
- So Much To Do In New York
- Stop, Wait, Please
- Take That Look Off Your Face
- Take That Look Off Your Face Reprise
- Tell Me On A Sunday
- There Is More To Love
- Third Letter Home
- Unexpected Song
- What Have I Done?
- When You Want To Fall In Love
- You Made Me Think You Were In Love