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Free to Be – Part 1: I Meet Marlo

The late lyricist Bruce Hart and I had written many songs together and were experiencing the satisfaction and excitement of hearing some of them broadcast on major radio stations. Bruce was married to writer-producer Carole Hart and they worked together … Continue reading

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Free to Be – Part 2: We Move Forward

I went to Marlo’s apartment for a meeting attended by some of the best writers and playwrights in the business. We all introduced ourselves and I felt somewhat awed by the company I was in. Marlo and Carole spoke about … Continue reading

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Free To Be – Part 3: Diana Ross

One of the main themes that run through Free To Be is the joy of friendship. With this in mind, lyricist Shelley Miller came up with the idea for “When We Grow Up.” Within a few days she gave me … Continue reading

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Free To Be – Part 4: Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks is a one-of-a-kind comic talent, an explosively funny writer and actor. His films and shows are unlike any others. The late Ed Kleban, a superb songwriter who wrote the lyrics for A Chorus Line, was asked to write … Continue reading

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Free To Be – Part 5: Michael Jackson and Roberta Flack

The Free To Be…You And Me record was released in November 1972. It attracted a great deal of attention and we were soon at work on a television version for ABC. We decided to adapt my song “When We Grow … Continue reading

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