Carol Hall

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Carol Hall is an American composer and lyricist, born in 1936 in Abilene, Texas.

Hall is best known for composing the music and lyrics for the Broadway stage musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1978, adapted as a film in 1982). Her other major works include the Broadway sequel The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public (1994), as well as the Off-Broadway musical To Whom It May Concern (c. 1986). Recently, Hall has written eight non-musical one-act plays. Collectively under the title "The Days Are As Grass", the work has been acquired by Samuel French for publication and theatrical licensing. In 2012 a production was mounted at Theater of the Spirit, Newcastle, ME, which has twice produced Hall's Off-Broadway musical "To Whom It May Concern." [1]

Hall's career also includes singing in clubs and similar venues. In 1970, she signed to Elektra Records as a singer-sngwriter and had two albums released on the label in 1971 and 1972, If I Be Your Lady and Beads and Feathers. [2] Hall's most recent CD is "Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall" released in 2009 on the LML Music label.[3]

Hall was the writer with the most contributions on the LP Free to Be… You and Me (1972) and the 1974 television special based on the album, having written the songs "Parents are People," "It's All Right to Cry," and "Glad to Have a Friend Like You." In 2012 Free to Be celebrated its 40th Anniversary with numerous panel discussions and radio talk discussions re its impact on child-rising and parenting.

For the 1977 duet album of Tony Bennett and Bill Evans titled Together Again, Hall co-wrote the number "The Two Lonely People." She also lyrics to Evans' jazz classic "Very Early," recorded by Mark Murphy and others.

Hall has been a major contributor to Sesame Street for many years. Along with Sam Pottle she co-wrote the song "A Very Simple Dance" (1974). Other compositions include the feminist-themed "Women Can Be," "The Plant in the Window." "Big Bird's Beautiful Birthday Bash," "Ichi Ni San" (from Big Bird Goes to Japan), and the Grammy-winning "True Blue Miracle" from Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, among others.

For a national tour of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" starring the entertainment icon Ann-Margret, Hall recorded a final (extra) track on the 2001 cast album—the song "A Friend to Me," written expressly for Ann-Margret in the show. Hall also composed the music and lyrics for Theatreworks/USA's production of Max & Ruby, which had a libretto by Glen Berger, who wrote the book to the musical "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark."

Her most recent project has been contributing lyrics for a musical based on Truman Capote’s classic story "A Christmas Memory" (book: Duane Poole, music: Larry Grossman), which premiered (2010) at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA. A website, www.achristmasmemorymusical.com displays other venues, bios, and production photos. Ms. Hall is a Lifetime Member of the Dramatists Guild Council and Vice-President of the Dramatists Guild Fund. Additional biographical information can be found under TALK.

Discography[edit]

If I be Your Lady (1970 or 1971) (Elektra EKS 74078)

Side 1:
1. If I be Your Lady
2. Why be Lonely
3. Baby, If We Had Time
4. Who Will Dance with the Blind Dancing Bear?
5. It's Been a Long Time Comin'
6. Miss McKinley
7. Let Me be Lucky this Time

Side 2:
1. The Crooked Clock
2. Goodbye, Jasper
3. The Ceiling Song
4. Crazy Miranda
5. Jenny Rebecca
6. Ain't Love Easy?

Beads & Feathers (1972) (Elektra EKS 75018)
Songs:

1. Carnival Man
2. Hello, My Old Friend
3. I Never Thought Anything this Good Could Happen to Me
4. Nana
5. Uncle Malcolm
6. Sunday Lady
7. Sandy
8. Hard Times Lovin'
9. My House
10. Charlie's Waiting for the Snow
11. Thank You, Babe

"Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall" (2009) LML Music)
Songs:

1. Hard Candy Christmas (performed by Carol Hall & Susannah Blinkoff)
2. It’s Only a Broken Heart (performed by Sally Mayes)
3. Dublin in the Rain (performed by Farah Alvin)
4. Change in Me (performed by Johnny Rodgers)
5. This is My Birthday (performed by Carol Hall & Rick Jensen)
6. Tattooed Boy in Memphis (performed by Amanda McBroom)
7. Hungry for You (performed by Lesley Gore)
8. Do You Know What I Mean (performed by Carol Woods and the Broadway Inspirational Voices)
9. Jenny Rebecca (performed by Bobby Gosh)
10. Nana (performed by Carol Hall)
11. The Two Lonely People (performed by Laurel Massé)
12. War on Christmas Day (performed by Scott Coulter, Tim Di Pasqua & Tom Andersen)
13. I’ll Imagine You a Song (performed by Steven Lutvak)
14. My Circle of Friends (performed by Carol Hall)

References[edit]

  • Carol Hall at the Internet Movie Database
  • King, Larry L. The Whorehouse Papers. New York: Viking Press, 1982. ISBN 0-670-15919-0
  • Elektra Discography Web Site: [4]
  • Best Little Whorehouse in Texas: New cast recording. Audio CD. Fynsworth Alley/Varèse Sarabande, 2001. 302 062 117 2.

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