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Don Black (Lyricist)

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2005-12-01
Don Black Thunderball
Don Black Thunderball
Lyrics to the title songs for Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough.

I saw Don Black at the 40th Anniversary event of Thunderball at Cine Lumiere in London on November 20, 2005.

At the event, the world famous lyricist received Cinema Retro's Award for outstanding services to the film industry. The prize was presented to Don by composer David Arnold.

Don Black OBE is a highly acclaimed Oscar winning lyricist. His works have included numerous musicals, movie themes and hit songs.

Black's movie credits include the themes for many James Bond films, Thunderball (1965), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Surrender from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and The World Is Not Enough (1999).

In collaboration with composer John Barry, he wrote the title song for Born Free (1966), which won the Oscar for Best Song. He also collaborated with Barry on Out of Africa (1985) and Dances with Wolves (1990).

He has worked with Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, Charles Aznavour, David Arnold. Don has had two US number one hits, Michael Jackson's "Ben" and Lulu's "To Sir, with Love."

Read more on Don Black's official website.

Text written and published by Anders Frejdh in December, 2005

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