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Carol Hall

Carol Hall

Carol Hall


Carol Hall (Abilene, Texas, April 3, 1936 - October 11, 2018) was an American composer, lyricist and singer. She 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). In 1970, she signed to Elektra Records as a singer-songwriter and had two albums released on the label in 1971 and 1972, If I Be Your Lady and Beads and Feathers. Her album Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall was released in 2009 on the LML Music label. Read more on Last.fm
Carol Hall (Abilene, Texas, April 3, 1936 - October 11, 2018) was an American composer, lyricist and singer. She 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). In 1970, she signed to Elektra Records as a singer-songwriter and had two albums released on the label in 1971 and 1972, If I Be Your Lady and Beads and Feathers. Her album Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall was released in 2009 on the LML Music label.

Her career includes singing in clubs and similar venues. Her other works include the Broadway sequel The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public (1994), as well as the Off-Broadway musical To Whom It May Concern (1986). Carol Hall has written eight one-act plays. Under the title "The Days Are As Grass", the work was acquired by Samuel French for publication and theatrical licensing.

In 2012 a production was mounted at Theater of the Spirit, Newcastle, Maine. In 1972, Hall was invited by Marlo Thomas to create three songs for the album Free to Be... You and Me (1972) and the 1974 television special based on the album. The songs were "Parents Are People," "It's All Right to Cry," and "Glad to Have a Friend Like You." In 2012 Free to Be... You and Me celebrated its fortieth anniversary with panel discussions about its impact on parenting. Hall wrote lyrics to "The Two Lonely People" by Bill Evans for Together Again, an album he recorded with Tony Bennett.

The song was recorded by Roberta Gambarini, Jane Monheit, Mark Murphy, Donna Byrne, and Laurel Massé. She also wrote lyrics to "Very Early" by Evans, which was recorded by Mark Murphy. Hall has contributed to Sesame Street for many years. With Sam Pottle she 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.

She also wrote the song Jenny Rebecca. She graduated with a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1960 and joined ASCAP in 1970. For a national tour of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann-Margret, Hall recorded a final (extra) track on the 2001 cast album. The song "A Friend to Me" was written for Ann-Margret and that production.

She also composed the music and lyrics for Theatreworks/USA's production of Max & Ruby, which had a libretto by playwright Glen Berger, who wrote the book to the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. She contributed lyrics for a musical based on Truman Capote's short story "A Christmas Memory" (book: Duane Poole, music: Larry Grossman), which premiered at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, California in 2010. Her songs have been performed by Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Lisa Loeb, Mabel Mercer, Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne, Chita Rivera, Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein, Olivia Newton-John, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Phyllis Newman, David Campbell, Maureen McGovern, Margaret Whiting, Miriam Makeba, RuPaul, Frederica von Stade, Big Bird, and Kermit the Frog, among others. A CD of her most recent songs, Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall, was released in 2007. Ms. Hall was a teacher at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The Sundance Theatre Institute, and the Cabaret Conference at Yale University, as well as a guest panelist in the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop. She served on the Board of Directors of the Dramatists Guild Foundation, Young Playwrights, Inc., and The American Place Theater.

She was a lifetime member of the Dramatists Guild Council, was a Tony voter, and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women who, in 2017, bestowed upon her a Lifetime Achievement Award. Discography If I Be Your Lady (Elektra, 1970) Beads & Feathers (Elektra, 1972) Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall (LML, 2009) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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