, (December 18, 1937 – September 17, 2005), was an American songwriter
. During a successful career, he won the Academy Award for Best Song
on two occasions. He also wrote songs for a number of prominent musicians, including Elvis Presley
and Roy Orbison
(the combined sales of albums to which he contributed is over 90 million).Hirschhorn was born in the Bronx
and attended the High School of Performing Arts
. After graduating, Hirschhorn became a regular performer on New York’s nightclub circuit, both as a solo singer and as a member of the rock & roll
band, The Highlighters.
During the mid-1960s, Hirschhorn branched out into writing film soundtracks. The first score he wrote was for Who Killed Teddy Bear?
(1965), which was directed by his friend Joseph Cates
. He worked with Cates again the following year in The Fat Spy
. However, the film was received so badly that Hirschhorn struggled to find work in Hollywood
for a number of years afterwards.
Hirschhorn, along with songwriting partner Al Kasha
, did not work on another film until 1970’s The Cheyenne Social Club
, which was directed by Gene Kelly
. It was the pair’s next effort, for The Poseidon Adventure
(1972), that really made their name. "The Morning After
", a song they wrote in a single evening, won them their first Oscar
and also topped the Billboard chart
.The Towering Inferno
(1974) provided Hirschhorn and Kasha with their second Oscars, this time for the "We May......