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Bond lyricist Don Black recovers from Covid-19

21-Jul-2020 • Bond News

Bond lyricist Don Black, who penned many James Bond title songs, has made a recovery from Covid-19.

The BBC reports today that, "in May [Don Black] was diagnosed with Covid-19 - not good news at the age of 81. He was taken to Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London where he spent "nine days in a windowless room with an amazing number of intravenous drips in me". It was a shock but he says not for a moment did he think he would die.

"I was admitted under my legal name of Donald Blackstone and one day a nurse said I had very soft hands and what did I do? I said I was a songwriter and they could Google me as Don Black.

"The medical staff were so kind and reassuring throughout. When it was time to go home 20 or 30 of them had learnt the song Born Free, which I wrote in the 1960s, and they sang it as I left and they applauded. It was an extraordinary moment."


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