Biography of Bob Hilliard
Bob Hilliard (January 28, 1918 – February 1, 1971) was an American lyricist. He wrote the words for the songs; "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning", "Any Day Now", "Dear Hearts and Gentle People", "Our Day Will Come", "My Little Corner of the World", ″Tower of Strength″ and "Seven Little Girls (Sitting in the Back Seat)".
Born in New York City, New York, and after attending secondary school, Hilliard began work as a lyricist in Tin Pan Alley. He penned "The Coffee Song", his first successful number, at the age of 28. On Broadway, Hilliard wrote successful scores for both Angel in the Wings (1947) and Hazel Flagg (1953). He also worked in the role as lyricist for the film score to Alice in Wonderland (1951). This included providing the words to the song, "I'm Late". The 1954 comedy film, Living It Up, included his songs "Money Burns a Hole in My Pocket," and "That's What I Like."
Hilliard had later success as joint composer of "Our Day Will Come". The song was a #1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1963 for Ruby & the Romantics.
In his lifetime, Hilliard worked with a number of composers and lyricists including Burt Bacharach, Carl Sigman, Jule Styne, Mort Garson, Sammy Mysels, Dick Sanford, Milton DeLugg, Philip Springer, Lee Pockriss and Sammy Fain.
Married to Jacqueline Dalya, Hilliard was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983.
Bob Hilliard died at the age of 53, in Hollywood, California, on February 1, 1971.