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 Posted:   Feb 14, 2019 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

These are the artists who have written the words to our maestros greatest themes. I don't think we have talked about them much here. I can't recall. I'll throw out some names. Add more that I'm sure to have missed. Pick your Fave or faves and favorite lyrics they wrote for a film theme. Please keep to Lyricists only and not composers themselves.

Hal Shaper (It's a Long Road FIRST BLOOD, Free as the Wind PAPILLON for Goldsmith)

Don Black (BORN FREE for Barry, TO SIR WITH LOVE, Songs for GOLD for Elmer Bernstein, Tons of James Bond Film Themes)

Alan and Marilyn Bergman (Did they ever work alone, without the other?) (The Way We Were etc.)

Paul Francis Webster

Carol Goldsmith (A bunch of Jerry's Themes including THE OMEN, PLAYERS, LOGAN'S RUN)

Will Jennings (Up Where We Belong AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN , My Heart Will Go On TITANIC Horner)

Al Kasha and Joel Hirschorn (Oscar Winning Songs from POSEIDON ADVENTURE, TOWERING INFERNO)

Norman Gimbel

 Posted:   Feb 14, 2019 - 6:37 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Would love to hear a vocal with Paul Francis Websters lyrics to Goldsmith's "I Remember" Love Theme from THE WIND AND THE LION. Wonder why they didn't have a vocal on the soundtrack or why no one every recorded it with a vocal? I wrote lyrics to it years ago. Must find them in an old journal. I think it's one of Jerry's most beautiful and epic Love Themes.

Zoob's take on the Love Theme. Never found the lyrics I wrote, but they are sort of like what you'll hear, here. I was ad libbing a tad. Please forgive:

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2019 - 4:22 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Howard Ashman, obviously. And Tim Rice.

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2019 - 4:27 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Where to start ... so many great lyricists! As you've suggested names associated with our recognised favourite score composers, I'm surprised you haven't mentioned Leslie Bricusse for his work with John Williams.

Re: Alan and Marilyn Bergman, all of the songs I have are credited to both and I do wonder if this was a contractual agreement (perhaps for tax reasons).

Some of my favourites:
- Hal David ... his lyrics for John Barry themes are wonderful
- Johnny Mercer ... can't go wrong and a few of his collaborations with Henry Mancini provided us with ever-lasting Film songs
- Ned Washington brought Dimitri Tiomkin's themes into the public domain
- Carl Sigman ... I'm not sure at what stage he got involved (maybe after the theme was in the public domain) but he has a few film songs to his name (A Day in the Life of a Fool being one of my all-time favourites)
Perhaps more associated with the stage and the Great American Songbook in general but a few Film songs came from their Thesaurus-tuned brains:
- E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, Sammy Cahn, Lorenz Hart et al.

I've probably overlooked many others whose names will come to mind shortly ... and not considered any non-US/UK names which is very remiss of me.


 Posted:   Feb 15, 2019 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Johnny Mercer's Moon River. One of the best movie songs ever.

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2019 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

I'll add: Johnny Mercer's lyric for my favorite John Williams melody--The Long Goodbye. Also, Leslie Bricusse's You Only Live Twice, add Tony Newley for Goldfinger, Don Black for Born Free, Diamonds Are Forever, and On Days Like These (Q Jones). Norman Gimbel for That Night (Schifrin).

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2019 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   dtw   (Member)

There's John Bettis - collaborated with Goldsmith and others (most notably I think on Legend).

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2019 - 6:14 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

As a John Barry fan, there must be some expectation I would say Don Black.

Well, although the names Don Black and John Barry go together like fish and chips, I think the best lyrics written for a John Barry song were written by Leslie Bricusse and Hal David.

Two of my favourite movie songs and (in my opinion) the best lyrics written for a John Barry song are:

We Have All The Time In The World.

The Good Times Are Comin'.

Both lyrics by Hal David.

One must bow to Don Black for his ingenious lyric for Diamonds Are Forever, though.


 Posted:   Feb 16, 2019 - 6:24 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Rachel Bloom

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2019 - 6:25 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Tom Whitlock. Moroder and Faltermeyer's lyricist.

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2019 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   PollyAnna   (Member)

Don Black

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2019 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

I'm partial to the Sherman Bros. and Norman Gimbel, myself.

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2019 - 12:39 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Ernie Sheldon - fairly active as a lyricist from the mid-sixties to the early seventies. Songs with Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Fred Karlin, Neal Hefti; even Shelly Manne on YOUNG BILLY YOUNG, which just played on my TV here.

His career just seemed to come to a halt, and info on Mr Sheldon on the world wide web is sparse.

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2019 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

I love the Bergmans lyrics for Quincy Jones' In the Heat of the Night. Very underrated song.

"Stars with evil eyes stare from the sky
In the . . . heat . . . of . . . the night . . .

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