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The Songwriters Podcast

Don Black CBE

Season 3, Ep. 5

In this special bonus episode, we’re pleased to be joined by the legendary lyricist Don Black OBE. Don’s list of credits, awards and accolades goes back decades and right back up to the present day. From walls adorned with gold and platinum plaques and shelves decorated with six Ivor Novello Awards and a Golden Globe Award to five Oscars, Don Black is a stalwart in popular music. 

In this exclusive interview, Don takes us back to the moment he wrote Ben for Michael Jackson, the classic ode to friendship that made the world sing about a rodent. He also shares the story of some of his holy grail classics, including, Walk Away by Matt Munro, With One Look by Barbara Streisand, Tell Me On A Sunday by Marti Webb, and the five James Bond themes he penned, such as Diamonds Are Forever and Thunderball

The Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and BMI Icon also opens up about his collaborations with fellow legend Quincy Jones, theatre work with Andrew Lloyd Webber, and how he feels about his mark in Hip Hop after hearing his work sampled by the likes of Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, Dead Prez and Kanye West.

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