Don Black awarded PRS Award

Don Black wins Award for Extraordinary Achievement

Oscar winning lyricist, Don Black OBE has been awarded the PRS Award for Extraordinary Achievement. PRS for Music, the organisation that collects royalties on behalf of composers and songwriters presented this award in recognition of Don’s exceptional contribution to British Music and Culture.

Don Black attended the ceremony and lunch with his wife of 40 years, Sheila Black.  Also attending were Sir Terry Wogan, playwright Christopher Hampton CBE, Sir George Martin and veteran singer Elaine Paige.

Black’s glittering career has produced an array of hits including the title song to Born Free and Michael Jackson’s Ben as well as working on themes for several James Bond films.  He’s worked with some of the world’s leading composers including John Barry, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein and Jule Styne and during the course of his career has won a string of awards including an Oscar, two Tony Awards, five Ivor Novello Awards and a Golden Globe.  In 2007 Don Black was inaugurated into the songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Don’s work, spanning five decades, has continually been at the heart of some of the greatest music produced over that period and as such has enriched the music scene in this country. We’re delighted to be honouring him today.

Ellis Rich - Chairman, PRS for Music