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US honour for Brit songwriter Black

British songwriter Don Black, known for tracks such as Born Free, Diamonds Are Forever and Michael Jackson's Ben, is to be honoured by the US music industry.

The lyricist, who has contributed to numerous film soundtracks as well as working with Andrew Lloyd Webber, will collect an award from rights body Broadcast Music International.

He will follow in the footsteps of figures such as the Bee Gees, James Brown and Willie Nelson when he is awarded the BMI Icon title next month.

The award is given to writers who have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers".

BMI collects royalties on behalf of writers and music publishers in the US. Its annual awards take place at the Dorchester Hotel in London on October 5.

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