Thursday, May 7, 2009

Al Kasha: Producer, Writer & Friend

Tobin Matthews in the office of Al Kasha, at Columbia Records, New York, 1962. Al and I discuss the songs we are going to record and make some last minute changes before going into the studio for the "Susan" recording session.
Al was my A&R man and produced all the recordings I did in New York. Being a young recording artist, I couldn't have had a better or more knowledgeable person to work with. He was more than a record producer. He was a mentor, he believed in me and he was a great friend. Thanks Al!!!
Al Kasha, along with co-writer Joel Hirschhorn, won two Oscars at the Academy Awards for writing Best Song of the Year. The first in 1972 for "The Morning After" from the movie "The Poseidon Adventure" and another in 1974 for "We May Never Love Like This Again" from the movie "The Towering Inferno". Both songs were recorded by Maureen McGovern. They have also received two Tony nominations, two Grammy nominations, an Emmy, four Golden Globe nominations and a Peoples Choice Award. During his career, Al has worked with Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, Steve Lawrence and many other artists.

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