Songwriter Don Black, OBE will be honored as a BMI Icon at the U.S. performing right organizationâ€™s annual London Awards. The ceremony is Tuesday, October 5 at Londonâ€™s Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane. Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant; BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Phil Graham; and Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia Brandon Bakshi, the gala recognizes the UK and European songwriters and publishers of the past yearâ€™s most-performed songs on American radio and television represented by BMI in the U.S.
BMI songwriters who have bestowed â€œa unique and indelible influence on generations of music makersâ€ are recognized as Icons. Don Black joins a list of past honorees that includes Donovan, Van Morrison, the Bee Gees, James Brown, Willie Nelson, and more.
Don Black wrote songs for films including The Italian Job, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, True Grit, Dances With Wolves, Out of Africa, and James Bond theme songs â€œThunderball,â€ â€œDiamonds Are Forever,â€ â€œThe Man with the Golden Gun,â€ â€œSurrenderâ€ from Tomorrow Never Dies and â€œThe World is Not Enough.â€ His compositions â€œBenâ€ and â€œTo Sir with Loveâ€ topped U.S. charts for Michael Jackson and Lulu, respectively, while his Oscar-winning â€œBorn Freeâ€ is a classic. Collaborating with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, he also contributed Tony-winning words to Sunset Boulevard. In addition to six Ivor Novellos and a Golden Globe, he was awarded OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts by the City of London University. The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Don Black in 2007.
BMI collects royalties for Don Black in the U.S. He is a member of British performing right society PRS for Music.