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David Was (born David Weiss; October 26, 1952) is, with his stage-brother Don Was, the founder of the 1980s pop group, Was (Not Was).
Was was born in
Detroit, Michigan. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Was fled his native Detroit for California, and found employment as the jazz critic for the now-defunct Hearst daily, the , where he forged friendships with Los Angeles Herald Examiner Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis and Mel Tormé.
With his childhood friend
Don Was he went on to form Was (Not Was), providing all of the lyrics and playing various instruments, primarily flute, keyboards and harmonica. Reviewed by in 1980 as "the funkier art- The New York Times funk band," Was (Not Was) used members of Funkadelic, alongside jazz musicians like trumpeter Marcus Belgrave; and singers Mel Tormé,and Ozzy Osbourne. They released five albums and enjoyed four Top 10 singles worldwide. Their most recent album, , was issued in 2008 and ranked among that year's top ten releases on many critics' lists. Their 1989 release, Boo! featured two top 10 singles, the latter of which, " What Up, Dog? Walk the Dinosaur," has been re-recorded by Queen Latifah for the animated feature, and has been licensed for use in a half-dozen other feature films. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
In other projects, Was
produced two soundtrack albums for the TV show and feature film, as well as music supervised features for X-Files Fox and Disney. He joined network music composers on CBS , starring The Education of Max Bickford Richard Dreyfuss, and also did the music for ABC's That Was Then. His theme music introduces Fox Sports' "NFL Pregame Show" and precedes every NBA, NHL and MLB games on local Fox Sports outlets. As a record producer, he has worked with Bob Dylan, Rickie Lee Jones, Roy Orbison, k.d. lang, Wayne Kramer (of MC5 fame) and the Holly Cole Trio of Canada.
Was has been a regular contributor to
National Public Radio's, and, currently, Day to Day where he writes and records culturally themed features. As a journalist, he has had bylines in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Detroit News, Seattle Post, Entertainment Weekly, Golfweek, Golf and Travel & Golf. All Things Considered,
Was lives in California with his wife, Vickie, with whom he has two children, Nicholas and Phoebe.
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