Bob Hilliard (born Hilliard Goldsmith; January 28, 1918 – February 1, 1971) 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)".
|Birth name||Hilliard Goldsmith|
|Born||January 28, 1918|
New York City, New York, United States
|Died||February 1, 1971 (aged 53)|
Hollywood, California, United States
|Associated acts||Carl Sigman|
After finishing high school, Hilliard began working as a lyricist in Tin Pan Alley. At the age of 28 he had his first success with "The Coffee Song". During his Broadway years, Hilliard wrote successful scores for both Angel in the Wings (1947) and Hazel Flagg (1953). He also worked as lyricist of the film score for Alice in Wonderland (1951). 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."
In 1968, he also co-wrote "You Make Me Think About You" with Robert Mersey, the instrumental version of which was included in Doris Day's final film, With Six You Get Eggroll, but Doris Day did not sing the vocal version. That version was sung by Johnny Mathis. Mathis's single (arranged and conducted by Mersey) was released by Columbia Records. The single peaked at 35 on Billboard's Easy Listening Chart.
Hilliard worked as lyricist and composer with a number of other composers and lyricists over the decades, including Burt Bacharach, Carl Sigman, Jule Styne, Mort Garson, Sammy Mysels, Dick Sanford, Milton DeLugg, Philip Springer, Lee Pockriss and Sammy Fain.
Awards and honorsEdit
- "Salomee (with her seven veils) From Hazel Flagg w. by Bob Hilliard, pseud. of Hilliard Goldsmith, m. by Jule Styne". Copyrightencyclopedia.com. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
- Layne, Joslyn. "Bob Hilliard Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
- Bob Hilliard at the Internet Broadway Database
- "Bob Hilliard Biography". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
- Johnny Mathis – Those Were The Days at Discogs
- "Johnny Mathis Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
- "Robert Hilliard; Song Lyricist and Publisher". Los Angeles Times. February 3, 1971. p. 42.
- Jacqueline Dalya on IMDb
- Doc Rock. "The 1970s". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2013-09-03.