Today is the 70th birthday of Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice – better known to we
commoners as “Tim” Rice. The British lyricist and author has pretty much done it all in
his career, primarily through his collaborations with great musicians Andrew
Lloyd Webber, Alan Menken and Elton John.
He and Webber wrote Jesus Christ, Superstar, Evita, and one of the most fun musicals
I’ve ever had the privilege of being involved in, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat (I got the role of Joseph’s oldest brother Rueben and got to sing the wonderful “One More Angel” in my best Country Western twang). With Menken he
wrote the songs for Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and King David; and with John he wrote The Lion King, Aida, and The Road to El Dorado. Any of these in its own right probably would have earned him lasting acclaim.
For his written words he won most of the entertainment world’s top awards – Academy
Award, Golden Globe, Tony and Grammy. And he also has been inducted into the
Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and
Authors, and as a Disney Legend.
Happy Birthday Sir Tim. You’ve made our world a brighter place with your writing.
Oh, and here’s a link to that fun song “One More Angel.” Enjoy.
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