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Joel Hirschhorn

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Screen composer Joel Hirschhorn received a set of Academy Awards co-writing themes to two of the largest disaster movies of the first ’70s, The Poseidon Experience as well as the Towering Inferno. Blessed within the Bronx, NY, in 1938, Hirschhorn went to NY City’s SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL for the Performing Arts and afterwards examined at Hunter University. After fronting the rock-band the Highlighters, he transformed his concentrate to songwriting, building a long-running relationship with Columbia Information manufacturer Al Kasha. After some limited achievement in the past due ’60s, especially getting their “YOUR TIME AND EFFORT Hasn’t Come However Baby” over the soundtrack towards the 1967 Elvis Presley automobile Speedway, Hirschhorn and Kasha strike paydirt when their melody “The Morning hours After” was highlighted within the Poseidon Experience, the Hollywood blockbuster in regards to a high end liner capsized by way of a giant wave. Documented by Maureen McGovern, “The Morning After” demonstrated a significant pop strike, and in 1973 gained its writers an Academy Award. Hirschhorn and Kasha repeated the secret two years afterwards with “WE MIGHT Never Love SUCH AS THIS Once again,” their Oscar-winning theme towards the Towering Inferno, an all-star feature spotlighting a high-rise engulfed in flames. The duo also gained Oscar nominations in 1977 because of their score towards the cartoon Pete’s Dragon, with vocalist Helen Reddy’s edition of the “Candle on the Drinking water” also nominated for Greatest Original Music. In 1981 Hirschhorn and Kasha considered Broadway using the Tony-nominated Copperfield, a yr later getting another Tony bet for their focus on the up to date Seven Wedding brides for Seven Brothers. In every, Hirschhorn and Kasha’s tracks offered over 90 million information, and they actually collaborated on three books: 1979’s IF INDEED THEY Ask You, IT IS POSSIBLE TO Write a Music, 1985’s Records on Broadway, and 1986’s Achieving the Morning hours After. By himself, Hirschhorn had written 2001’s THE ENTIRE Idiot’s Guidebook to Songwriting. That same yr, he and wife Jennifer had written Musical Seats, a play stated in North Hollywood. Hirschhorn offered like a theatre critic for Range during his loss of life on Sept 17, 2005.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth December 18, 1937
Died September 17, 2005, Thousand Oaks, California, United States
Profession Singer, Songwriter, Lyricist, Film Score Composer
Nationality American
Spouse Jennifer Carter
Awards Academy Award for Best Original Song
Music Songs Candle on the Water, Universe of Energy, Disney's Electrical Parade, The Main Street Electrical Parade, Epcot Entrance Medley: Energy / Golden Dream / It's Fun to Be Free / Listen to the Land / One Little Spark / Magic Journeys / Universe of Energy
Albums Pete's Dragon
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, Tony Award for Best Original Score
Movies The Fat Spy, The Poseidon Adventure, Trapped Beneath the Sea, Freaky Friday, The Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten, China Cry, Rescue Me, David Copperfield, Cheyenne, Hungry for You


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1 Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Score, both music and lyrics, with collaborator Al Kasha: in 1981 for "Copperfield," and in 1983, including music credit to Gene de Paul and lyrics credit to Johnny Mercer, for "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hot Lead and Cold Feet 1978 writer: "May the Best Man Win"
The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 TV Special writer: "Candle on the Water"
Pete's Dragon 1977 lyrics: "The Happiest Home in These Hills", "Boo Bop Bopbop Bop I Love You, Too", "I Saw a Dragon", "It's Not Easy", "Passamashloddy", "Candle on the Water", "There's Room for Everyone", "Every Little Piece", "Brazzle Dazzle Day", "Bill of Sale", "Finale: I Saw a Dragon / Brazzle Dazzle Day" - uncredited / music: "The Happiest Home in These Hills", "Boo Bop Bopbop Bop I Love You, Too", "I Saw a Dragon", "It's Not Easy", "Passamashloddy", "Candle on the Water", "There's Room for Everyone", "Every
Freaky Friday 1976 lyrics: "I'd like to be you for a day" / music: "I'd like to be you for a day"
Having Babies 1976 TV Movie lyrics: "Paper Bridges"
Killer Force 1976 lyrics: "The Old Fashioned Way"
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974-1975 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The 47th Annual Academy Awards 1975 TV Special writer: "We May Never Love Like This Again"
Someone I Touched 1975 TV Movie lyrics: "Someone I Touched" / music: "Someone I Touched"
The Towering Inferno 1974 lyrics: "We May Never Love Like This Again" / music: "We May Never Love Like This Again" / writer: "The Morning After" - uncredited
The Graham Kennedy Show 1973 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 45th Annual Academy Awards 1973 TV Special writer: "The Morning After"
The Poseidon Adventure 1972 lyrics: "The Song From The Poseidon Adventure" 1972 / music: "The Song From The Poseidon Adventure" 1972
The Cheyenne Social Club 1970 lyrics: "Rolling Stone", "One Dream" / music: "Rolling Stone", "One Dream"
The Grasshopper 1970 lyrics: "LOOK AGAIN" / music: "LOOK AGAIN"
The April Fools 1969 writer: "Wake Up", "Sugar Kite", "Flame", "Give Your Lady What She Wants", "I Remember The Rain"
The Fat Spy 1966 writer: "I'd Like To Be a Rose In Your Garden" - uncredited
The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics 2008 TV Movie documentary writer: "Candle on the Water" - uncredited
Pushing Daisies TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2008 music - 1 episode, 2008
King of the Hill 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Simpsons TV Series 1 episode, 1992 writer - 1 episode, 2006
How I Met Your Mother TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2006 music - 1 episode, 2006
Adam & Steve 2005 writer: "It's the 80's", "Sexy 80's"
Freaky Friday 2003 writer: "I'd Like to Be Like You for a Day" - as Joel Hirschorn
Rugrats Go Wild 2003 "The Morning After"
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist 2002 writer: "The Morning After"
Slums of Beverly Hills 1998 writer: "The Morning After" - as Joel Hirschorn
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1992-1997 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
The Ice Storm 1997 writer: "The Morning After"
Let It Be Me 1995 writer: "I Can't Let Go Of You"
David Copperfield 1993 TV Movie lyrics: "I Hate Boys", "Welcome to My Warehouse", "Something's Gonna Turn Up", "Is There Anyone?", "Family Christmas", "I'll Be Your Hero", "Imagination", "Everyone's a Big Cheese Here" / music: "I Hate Boys", "Welcome to My Warehouse", "Something's Gonna Turn Up", "Is There Anyone?", "Family Christmas", "I'll Be Your Hero", "Imagination", "Everyone's a Big Cheese Here"
The Magic Paintbrush 1993 TV Movie lyrics: "Magic Paintbrush", "I'll Keep Believing" / music: "Magic Paintbrush", "I'll Keep Believing"
Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas 1991 Video lyrics: "The Brightest Star", "Starlight Theme" / music: "The Brightest Star", "Starlight Theme"
The Giant of Thunder Mountain 1991 arranger: "Now I Have Everything" / lyrics: "Now I Have Everything" / music: "Now I Have Everything" / producer: "Now I Have Everything" / writer: "Now I Have Everything"
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
All Dogs Go to Heaven 1989 lyrics: "Love Survives" / music: "Love Survives"
Jake Spanner, Private Eye 1989 TV Movie writer: "Dance in the Old Fashioned Way"
Dangerous Curves 1988 writer: "IT MUST BE YOU"
Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz 1987 Video short writer: "A Special Place"
Goodbye Charlie 1985 TV Short lyrics: "Goodbye Charlie"
A Summer to Remember 1985 TV Movie lyrics: "It's You"
Lovelines 1984 lyrics: "LOVELINES", "TOTALLY GONE", "A DREAM IS COMIN'", "A TIME LIKE THIS AGAIN", "NUMBER ONE", "REFLEX" / music: "LOVELINES", "TOTALLY GONE", "A DREAM IS COMIN'", "A TIME LIKE THIS AGAIN", "NUMBER ONE", "REFLEX"
Once Upon a Mouse 1981 Short documentary lyrics: "Brazzle Dazzle Day" / music: "Brazzle Dazzle Day"
Take This Job and Shove It 1981 lyrics: "You Can Count on Beer", "How Good It Used to Be" / music: "You Can Count on Beer", "How Good It Used to Be"
The Earthling 1980 lyrics: "Fast Women and Slow Dancin", "He'll Never Fill My Shoes" / music: "Fast Women and Slow Dancin", "He'll Never Fill My Shoes"
Shirley MacLaine at the Lido 1979 TV Movie writer: "The Old Fashioned Way"
The North Avenue Irregulars 1979 writer: "Mississippi Magic", "Pass a Little Love Around"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Meet the Pandas 2001 TV Movie documentary
Cheyenne 1996
Club V.R. 1996 Video as Joel Hirschorn
Hungry for You 1996
David Copperfield 1993 TV Movie
The Magic Paintbrush 1993 TV Movie
Rescue Me 1992
Knots Landing 1990-1991 TV Series 5 episodes
China Cry: A True Story 1990
The Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten 1990 Video
Caddie Woodlawn 1989 music by
Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz 1987 Video short
No Earthly Reason 1984 TV Movie
Universe of Energy 1982 Documentary short
Sergeant T.K. Yu 1979 TV Movie
Rosenthal and Jones 1975 TV Movie
Someone I Touched 1975 TV Movie
Trapped Beneath the Sea 1974 TV Movie
Another April 1974 TV Movie
Old Faithful 1973 TV Movie
The Trouble with Tracy 1971 TV Series
The Weird World of Weird 1970 TV Movie documentary
The Fat Spy 1966 as Joel Hirshhorn

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cheyenne 1996 conductor / orchestrator
The Giant of Thunder Mountain 1991 song: music and lyrics by
Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz 1987 Video short music arranger
1st & Ten: The Championship 1987 TV Series composer - 1 episode
Three's a Crowd 1984 TV Series lyricist - 1 episode
Pete's Dragon 1977 songs: music and lyrics by

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cult Culture: The Poseidon Adventure 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 47th Annual Academy Awards 1975 TV Special Himself - Co-Winner: Best Original Song
The 45th Annual Academy Awards 1973 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Original Song

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - Memorial sequence

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1975 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song The Towering Inferno (1974) · Al Kasha
1973 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song The Poseidon Adventure (1972) · Al Kasha

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1978 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Pete's Dragon (1977) · Al Kasha
1978 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score Pete's Dragon (1977) · Al Kasha
· Irwin Kostal
1978 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Score - Motion Picture Pete's Dragon (1977) · Al Kasha
1977 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Freaky Friday (1976) · Al Kasha
1975 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture The Towering Inferno (1974) · Al Kasha
1973 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture The Poseidon Adventure (1972) · Al Kasha (music/lyrics)


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