Don Black named Icon at BMI London Awards

'17 Again,' 'Dexter,' 'The Good Wife' among winners

LONDON -- Lyricist Don Black, who won an Oscar in 1967 for the title song of the film "Born Free," with music by John Barry, and a Tony in 1995 for lyrics in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway stage hit "Sunset Boulevard," was named a BMI Icon at the BMI London Awards on Tuesday night.

The London-born son of Russian-Jewish immigrants wrote many more songs including two that reached No. 1 in the United States -- Lulu's "To Sir With Love" and Michael Jackson's "Ben." He has written several songs with Barry for James Bond films including "Diamonds Are Forever" and songs for many other films including "The Italian Job," "True Grit" and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1972).

Black has worked with more than 100 top composers including U.S. legends such as Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini and Quincy Jones. In winning the BMI lifetime achievement award, he joins past honorees such as Ray Davies, Peter Gabriel, Donovan and Van Morrison.

He said he was especially pleased to receive the BMI accolade because unlike the other recipients, he is not a performer. "What makes me happy is that I'm the only jobbing songwriter to be honored," Black said. "Lyric writers are few and far between: mostly it's singer-songwriters. Very few people do what I do: sit at home and write songs."

Black's latest project is the stage musical "Bonnie & Clyde" with music by Frank Wildhorn and book by Ivan Menchell, which debuted at La Jolla, CA, last year and begins a pre-Broadway run at the Asolo Repertory Theater in Sarasota, FL, on Nov. 19.

More than 50 awards were presented by the performing rights organization at the annual event reflecting U.S. airplay of songs written, composed and published by Europeans represented by BMI, the UK's PRS and other collecting agencies. Black and Barry were lauded for achieving five million airplays of "Born Free" (PRS) and Sting's "Every Breath You Take" (PRS), received a BMI Award for reaching 10 million airplays.

The Robert S. Musel Award for Song of the Year went to "Only You Can Love Me This Way" written by Steve McEwan (PRS) and John Reid (PRS/BMI), performed by Keith Urban, and published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

"Down" written by Jay Sean (PRS), Lil Wayne and Jared Cotter, performed by Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne, and published by Bucks Music Group (PRS), was College Song of the Year. The Dance Award went to "Evacuate the Dancefloor" by Allan Eshuijs (BUMA), performed by Cascada, and published by Talpa Music / Songkitchen Music Publishing (BUMA).

A full list of BMI Award winners for film, television and cable follows:



Film Music Awards

17 AGAIN
Rolfe Kent (PRS)

2012
Harald Kloser (AKM)
Thomas Wander (AKM)

COUPLES RETREAT
A.R. Rahman (PRS/IPRS)

JULIE & JULIA
Alexandre Desplat (SACEM)

THE BOUNTY HUNTER
George Fenton (PRS)

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON
Alexandre Desplat (SACEM)

UP IN THE AIR
Rolfe Kent (PRS)

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
Harry Gregson-Williams (PRS)

TV Music Awards

AMAZING RACE
Christopher Franke (GEMA)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT
Jos Jorgensen (PRS/KODA)
Andy Love (PRS)

CSI
Pete Townshend (PRS)

CSI: MIAMI
Pete Townshend (PRS)

CSI: NY
Pete Townshend (PRS)

GREY'S ANATOMY
Carim Clasmann (PRS)
Galia Durant (PRS)

HOUSE
Robert Del Naja (PRS)
Grantley Marshall (PRS)
Andrew Vowles (PRS)

THE BIGGEST LOSER
Heather Small (PRS)

THE GOOD WIFE
David Buckley (PRS)

Cable Awards

DEXTER
Rolfe Kent (PRS)

ROYAL PAINS
Soren Oakes Christensen (KODA)
Per Molgaard Jorgensen (KODA)
Allan Fjeldgaard Villadsen (KODA)
Steffen Westmark (KODA)
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