Bob Hilliard

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Bob Hilliard
Birth name Bob Hilliard
Born (1918-01-28)January 28, 1918
New York City, New York, United States
Died February 1, 1971(1971-02-01) (aged 53)
Hollywood, California, United States
Occupations Lyricist
Years active Mid 1940s–1971

Bob Hilliard (January 28, 1918 – February 1, 1971)[1] was an American lyricist. He wrote the words for the songs; "Alice in Wonderland", "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning", "Any Day Now", "Dear Hearts and Gentle People", "Our Day Will Come", "My Little Corner of the World", ″Tower of Strength″ and "Seven Little Girls (Sitting in the Back Seat)".

Career[edit]

Born in New York City, New York, and after attending secondary school, Hilliard began work as a lyricist in Tin Pan Alley. He penned "The Coffee Song", his first successful number, at the age of 28.[2] On Broadway, Hilliard wrote successful scores for both Angel in the Wings (1947) and Hazel Flagg (1953).[1] He also worked in the role as lyricist for the film score to Alice in Wonderland (1951).[3] This included providing the words to the theme song, "I'm Late" and the unused Cheshire Cat song "I'm Odd". The 1954 comedy film, Living It Up, included his songs "Money Burns a Hole in My Pocket," and "That's What I Like."[2]

Hilliard had later success as joint composer of "Our Day Will Come".[2] The song was a No. 1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1963 for Ruby & the Romantics.[3]

In 1968, he also co-wrote "You Make Me Think About You," with Robert Mersey, which was played instrumentally in Doris Day's final film, With Six You Get Eggroll, but which Day did not sing. It was recorded, however, by Johnny Mathis.[4] His single, arranged and conducted by Mersey, was released by Columbia Records. The single peaked at 35 on Billboard’s Easy Listening Chart.[5]

In his lifetime, Hilliard worked with a number of composers and lyricists including Burt Bacharach, Carl Sigman, Jule Styne, Mort Garson, Sammy Mysels, Dick Sanford, Milton DeLugg, Philip Springer, Lee Pockriss and Sammy Fain.[2][3]

Married to Jacqueline Dalya,[6] Hilliard was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983.[3]

Bob Hilliard died at the age of 53, in Hollywood, California, on February 1, 1971.[1]

Song credits[edit]

Between the mid-1940s and the early 1960s,[2] Hilliard co-wrote such hits as:-

     

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bob Hilliard | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Layne, Joslyn. "Bob Hilliard". Allmusic. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Bob Hilliard biography". Songwritershalloffame.org. Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Johnny Mathis - Those Were The Days (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  5. ^ "Overview for Doris Day". Tcm.com. 1922-04-03. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Biography for Jacqueline Dalya". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  7. ^ a b c Doc Rock. "The 1970s". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 

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