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Don Black

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Don Black received two Tony Awards for best book and lyrics of a musical for his work (with Christopher Hampton) on Sunset Boulevard, which marked his third collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber. They first joined forces to write the song cycle Tell Me On A Sunday which developed to form the basis of the stage show Song and Dance, They were reunited again for Aspects of Love. He also wrote the lyrics for the Andrew Lloyd Webber produced Bombay Dreams. Awards include an Oscar for his song Born Free, five Academy Award nominations, two Tony Awards and four Tony nominations, six Ivor Novello Awards, a Golden Globe and many platinum and gold discs. He has written 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. Among his many popular songs are two U.S. number ones – Ben for Michael Jackson and To Sir With Love for Lulu. He was inducted in the Songwriters Hall  of Fame  and recently honoured in London with a BMI Icon award. He is a regular broadcaster and has his own show on Sunday nights on BBC Radio Two. Don also received the Order of the British Empire in the Queens honours list.

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