Carol Hall, 'Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' Composer & Lyricist, Dies at 82


She additionally was a serious contributor to Marlo Thomas' landmark TV particular & album for teenagers "Free to Be … You and Me."

Carol Hall, the singer, songwriter and recording artist greatest recognized for writing the music and lyrics for the long-running Broadway hit The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, has died. She was 82.

Hall died Thursday at her house in New York City surrounded by her husband and youngsters, publicist Jessica Johnson introduced. She had been wrestling with logopenic Primary Progressive Aphasia, a uncommon type of dementia, for 3 years.

Hall was a serious contributor to Marlo Thomas' Peabody and Emmy-winning 1974 ABC particular and gold album Free to Be … You and Me, which saluted individuality and tolerance. She wrote the favored classics "It's All Right to Cry," "Parents Are People" and "Glad to Have a Friend Like You."

Hall additionally served as contributing editor and songwriter to its sequel, Free to Be … A Family, and assisted with Thomas' illustrated guide and CD, Thanks & Giving/All Year Long ("A Smile Connects Us"; music by Robert Burke).

The first mass-market effort to assist mother and father cope with gender discrimination — boys can have dolls, ladies will be firefighters — Free to Be … You and Me featured stars like Alan Alda, Diana Ross, Cicely Tyson, Carol Channing and Rosey Grier performing songs and sketches.

Hall later grew to become a contributor to Sesame Street, writing the tune "True Blue Miracle" for the 1978 program Christmas Eve on Sesame Street in addition to "Big Bird's Birthday Bash." 

One of the few girls to put in writing each music and lyrics for Broadway, Hall — a local of Abilene, Texas — obtained two Drama Desk Awards in 1978 for her rating and lyrics to Best Little Whorehouse

The theater traditional ran for almost 5 years on Broadway, obtained a Grammy nomination for its solid album and have become a 1982 Universal film that starred Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. Parton's recording of Hall's "Hard Candy Christmas" earned an ASCAP Award as probably the most carried out nation songs of '82.

A 2001 nationwide tour of the present starring Ann-Margret performed throughout the nation for a yr and a half; on the solid album of that manufacturing, Hall recorded and carried out a bonus monitor, "A Friend to Me," written for the actress. 

A Broadway revival of Best Little Whorehouse is within the works.

Her different stage work included Good SportsPaper MoonAre We There Yet? and the off-Broadway musical To Whom It May Concern. She wrote songs for A … My Name Is Alice and A … My Name Is Still Alice and the musical Hats!, based mostly on the Red Hats Society. 

In 2007, Hall did the rating for the household musical Max and Ruby produced by TheatreWorks/USA and based mostly on the favored TV sequence and youngsters's books. It opened off-Broadway, and 4 excursions of Max and Ruby have performed throughout the nation. 

Hall, who recorded two albums for Elektra Records within the early 1970s, wrote tunes that have been carried out 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, Oli Newton-John, Amanda McBroom, Maureen McGovern, Margaret Whiting, Miriam Makeba, RuPaul, Frederica von Stade, Big Bird and Kermit the Frog, amongst others.

She was a recipient of the celebrated Johnny Mercer Award, given for contributions to the American Popular Songbook. In 2017, the League of Professional Theatre Women honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Carol Hall was born on April three, 1936, in Abilene. Her mom, Josephine, was a classical musician (piano and violin) and taught music. Her father, Elbert, ran a music retailer on the town and later grew to become the mayor of Abilene.

After her mother and father divorced, Hall and her mom moved to Dallas in 1939, and he or she attended Highland Park High School after which Sweet Briar College exterior Lynchburg, Virginia, for 2 years. While in school, she started writing songs and musicals.

She transferred to and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, then was invited to affix the brand new BMI Workshop beneath the tutelage of famend Broadway musical director Lehman Engel.

Hall wrote jingles for advert companies and carried out in golf equipment reminiscent of The Bitter End and Max's Kansas City in New York, The Cellar Door in Washington and The Troubadour in West Los Angeles, opening for Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings.

She toured with "American Pie" singer-songwriter Don McLean, was signed by Elektra and had the albums If I Be Your Lady and Beads and Feathers launched in 1971 and '72.

Hall went on to collaborate and contribute music or lyrics to songs carried out by Lesley Gore, Larry Grossman, Steven Lutvak, Phyllis Newman, Michele Brourman, Shelly Markham, Tex Arnold and plenty of others.

In 1977, she wrote lyrics to jazz legend Bill Evans' music — "Very Early" and "The Two Lonely People" — recorded on the duet album Together Again: Tony Bennett and Bill Evans.

A CD of her most up-to-date songs, Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall, was launched in 2007.

Survivors embrace her husband, Leonard; youngsters Susannah Blinkoff (aka singer-songwriter Susannah B) and Daniel Blinkoff, an actor; grandson Wally; and sister Jane.

This story initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.