Lyricist, English Version, Les Misérables

Herbert Kretzmer (Lyricist) was born in South Africa. In 1954 he settled in London where he has since pursued twin careers as journalist and songwriter. As a lyricist he won an Ivor Novello Award for the classic Peter Sellers/Sophia Loren comedy duet Goodness Gracious Me. In the Sixties he was a regular contributor to the celebrated BBC-TV satire series That was the Week That Was. Notable among the many lyrics he penned for French singer Charles Aznavour were Yesterday When I was Young and the chart-topping She. In 1987 he won a Tony award and a Grammy award for the lyrics he wrote for the stage hit Les Misérables. In 2009 Herbert Kretzmer was appointed OBE.