HERBERT KRETZMER

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.