Al Kasha

Al Kasha ( born January 22, 1937 in New York City ) is an American composer and songwriter.

Life and work

Kasha began at the age of 17 years with the writing of songs. Thus came the songs My Empty Arms, I'm Comin ' Back to You and Forever and a Day of R'n'B legend Jackie Wilson from his pen. 1960 signed a contract with Columbia Records Kasha on whose behalf he has composed music for various television series. In the following years Kasha with Clive Davis, Eydie Gorme, Neil Diamond, Rodney Dangerfield and Aretha Franklin worked.

1971 did Kasha together with Joel Hirschhorn. Both were nominated four times for an Academy Award four times for a Golden Globe and two-time Tony Award. In 1973 she received the Oscar for The Morning After in The Poseidon Adventure, sung by Maureen McGovern, and 1975 for May Never Love Like This Again the theme song of the film The Towering Inferno, which was also sung by Maureen McGovern.

Kasha and Hirschhorn sold 93 million records and written three books. After the mid-1980s parted ways, composed and produced Kasha the Las Vegas Revue Let the Good Times Roll. From 1995 to 1998 he was president of the Family Channel 's music division. During this period he formed his own production company Kasha Entertainment Company, where he worked, among others, David Foster together. 2004 Al Kasha got an ASCAP Country Award for Streets of Heaven by Sherrie Austin.