Don Black (b. June 21, 1938) is an English lyricist. His works have included numerous musicals, movie themes and hit songs.
Black's movie credits include the themes for many James Bond films, Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun, Surrender from Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. In collaboration with composer John Barry, he wrote the title song for the 1966 film Born Free, which won the Oscar for Best Song that year. He also later collaborated with Barry on Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves.
He has worked with Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, Charles Aznavour and has had two US number one hits, Michael Jackson's "Ben" and Lulu's "To Sir, with Love".
Black's musical credits notably include several Andrew Lloyd Webber shows including the 1980 song-cycle Tell Me on a Sunday, which was performed by Marti Webb (who he also managed). In 1989, Black also collaborated with The Phantom of the Opera lyricist Charles Hart on Aspects of Love, in which Michael Ball shot to stardom. Black co-wrote the libretto to Lloyd Webber's stage recreation of the classic Billy Wilder film Sunset Boulevard in 1993. Then in 2002 he worked with Indian composer A. R. Rahman on the musical Bombay Dreams. He also co-wrote the single 'Is Nothing Sacred,' which was sung by Meat Loaf, with Jim Steinman.
He started out as a stand up comedian and blames himself entirely for the death of variety.
He lives with his wife Shirley in London, England.