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Hy Zaret (1907–2007)

Academy Award-nominated songwriter and lyricist ("Unchained Melody", 1955, with composer Alex North for the film "Unchained") and attorney, educated at West Virginia University and the Brooklyn Law School (LL.B). He practised law for several years, then joined the United States Army in World War II, serving in the Special Services where he wrote ... See full bio »

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Known For

Ghost
Ghost Music Department
(1990)
The Devil's Own
The Devil's Own Soundtrack
(1997)
Goodfellas
Goodfellas Soundtrack
(1990)
Alfie
Alfie Soundtrack
(2004)

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 2017 Beat Shazam (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.12 (2017) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2017 Tu cara no me suena todavía (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.12 (2017) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Kimmy Steps on a Crack! (2017) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2017 Good Morning Britain (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 7 February 2017 (2017) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2016 La Marató 2016 (TV Movie) (writer: "Melodia desencadenada (Unchained Melody)")
 2016 La banda sonora de la solidaritat (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Melodia desencadenada (Unchained Melody)")
 2015-2016 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (lyrics - 4 episodes)
- Jason Sudeikis/Kristin Chenoweth/DNCE (2016) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
- Hugh Jackman/Nick Offerman/Janelle Monáe (2015) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
- First Lady Michelle Obama/Matthew Morrison/The Smashing Pumpkins (2015) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
- Josh Hutcherson/Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer/Chef Michael Schlow (2015) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2016 Who's Doing the Dishes? (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Crissy Rock (2016) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2016 CBS This Morning (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.157 (2016) ... (writer: "Stick Around")
 2016 La peluquería de Don Mateo (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Valeria Lynch (2016) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2016 Fuller House (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Save the Dates (2016) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2016 L'avenir (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 2016 Tu cara me suena (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Semifinal 2 (2016) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2015 Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (Video Game) (writer: "Song of the French Partisan")
 2015 The Official Top 50 Best-Selling Singles of the 90s and 00s (TV Movie) (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2014 Alto Astral (TV Series) (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2009-2014 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- It's Movie Night (2014) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Round Four: The Results (2011) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Round One: Results Show (2009) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2014 The Last Man on the Moon (Documentary) (writer: "Zoom a Little Zoom")
  So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes, 2009 - 2013) (lyrics - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2010)
- Top 4 Perform (2013) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Winners Chosen (2012) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Top 20 Perform (2012) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Top Nine Perform (2010) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
- Two of 10 Voted Off (2009) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 2013 Raanjhanaa (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2013 Phil Spector (TV Movie) (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2013 Glee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Girls (and Boys) on Film (2013) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2012 The Richest Songs in the World (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2012 The Stroller Strategy (writer: "Unchained Melody " - as Hy Saret)
 2012 Sarah G Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Erik Santos/Raymond Lauchengco/Eula Valdez (2012) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2012 The X Factor Philippines (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 12 Performance Night (2012) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2012 The 66th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2012 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #20.81 (2012) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2012 The Last Elvis (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 2011 Coach Trip (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #7.27 (2011) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2011 Shirley (TV Movie) (writer: "Dedicated to You")
  American Idol (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes, 2003 - 2006) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2011)
- Five Finalists Compete (2011) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
- Top 6 Performance Show: Love Songs (2006) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Soon There Will Be Two. Very Soon, in Fact (2003) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Trifecta! (2003) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Eight More Will Come Before Us... (2003) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2010 Community (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Beginner Pottery (2010) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2010 EastEnders (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 11 February 2010 (2010) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2009 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #6.63 (2009) ... (lyrics: "Why Does the Sun Shine?")
 2009 Channel 101's Unfinished Pilots (TV Mini-Series documentary short) (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2009 Planet 51 (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2009 Leonard Cohen: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 (Documentary) (writer: "The Partisan" - as H. Zaret)
 2009 Elvis: Love Me Tender - The Love Songs (Video documentary) (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 2009 Lyubov v bolshom gorode (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 2008 Legends (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Roy Orbison: The 'Big O' in Britain (2008) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2008 A Matter of Loaf and Death (Short) (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2008 My Best Friend's Girl (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2008 Two and a Half Men (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Fish in a Drawer (2008) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2004-2008 Idols! (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Liveshow #8 - Love Songs (2008) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Workshop #2 (2004) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2007 The Singing Bee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (2007) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2007 Star Stories (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Simon Cowell: My Honesty, My Genius (2007) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2007 Patinando por un sueño (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 9 August 2007 (2007) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2007 Sputnik Fever (Documentary) (writer: "Beep Beep (Here Comes the Satellite)")
 2006 Happy Feet (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2005-2006 Australian Idol (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Top 3 Performance Show: Judge's Choice (2006) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Top 11 Performance Show: The 60's (2005) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2006 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- World's Best Love Songs (2006) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2006 Sugar & spice: Fûmi zekka (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 2006 Kupetzky (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Kupetzkys letzte Schicht (2006) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
- Zeitreise (2006) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2006 Quand j'étais chanteur (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 2002-2006 Deutschland sucht den Superstar (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Mottoshow #5 - Love Songs (2006) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Mottoshow #2 - Love Songs (2002) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
  The X Factor (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Live Show 9 (2005) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
- Bootcamp 1 (2005) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
- Auditions 2 (2005) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 2005 Premios Ondas '05 (TV Movie) (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2003-2005 Idols (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Top 24: Group 1 (2005) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Top 32: Group 3 (2003) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2005 Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Topp 9 - Filmmusikk (2005) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2004 Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 (Video Game) ("Unchained Melody")
 2004 Alfie (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" (1955))
 2004 Cesko hledá SuperStar (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- První semifinále (2004) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2004 New Zealand Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 24 Group 2 Performance Show (2004) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2004 SuperStar KZ (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.11 (2004) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2003 Only Fools and Horses.... (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sleepless in Peckham...! (2003) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2003 Canadian Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Summer Time! (2003) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2003 Nouvelle Star (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.14 (2003) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2003 View from the Top (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2003 Chappelle's Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.8 (2003) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 2002 Operación triunfo (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.15 (2002) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 2002 Pop Idol (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Live Final (2002) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Live Show 7: Number-One Hits (2002) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 2001 Futurama (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Bendless Love (2001) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 2000 Inspector Morse (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Remorseful Day (2000) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 2000 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Malcolm Babysits (2000) ... (writer: "Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas)")
 1999 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Suspicious Minds (1999) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1999 The Vicar of Dibley (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Comic Relief Special 1999 (1999) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1998 Marriages (lyrics: "Unchained melody")
 1998 Home Fries (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 1998 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Dick and the Other Guy (1998) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1994-1997 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Tralala 2 bzw. 40 (1997) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
- 20: Ende (1994) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1997 Kind zu vermieten (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 1997 The Devil's Own (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 1996 The O-Zone (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- PJ & Duncan Special (1996) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1996 Ballykissangel (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Live in My Heart and Pay No Rent (1996) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
  Top of the Pops (TV Series) (lyrics - 3 episodes, 1995) (writer - 2 episodes, 1995)
- Episode dated 25 December 1995 (1995) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
- Episode dated 29 June 1995 (1995) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
- Episode dated 22 June 1995 (1995) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
- Episode dated 8 June 1995 (1995) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
- Episode dated 18 May 1995 (1995) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 1995 Vacanze di Natale '95 (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 1994 U2: Zoo TV Live from Sydney (Documentary) (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1994 Ready to Wear (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 1994 Soldier Soldier (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Band of Gold (1994) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 1993 Rhythm & Jam (TV Mini-Series) (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 1993 Lipstick on Your Collar (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1993) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 1992 Canary Brothers of Tondo (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 1990-1992 Quantum Leap (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Trilogy: Part 2 - June 14, 1966 (1992) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
- M.I.A. - April 1, 1969 (1990) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1992 Stars in Their Eyes (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.3 (1992) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 1992 Leon ng Maynila, Lt. Col. Romeo Maganto (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Summer of '91 (1991) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1991 The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear ("UNCHAINED MELODY")
 1991 The Chronic Rift (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The 1990 Roundtable Awards (1991) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody")
  Cheers (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1986 - 1991) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1989)
- Wedding Bell Blues (1991) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
- Please Mr. Postman (1989) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
- Save the Last Dance for Me (1986) ... (writer: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1990 Elvis: The Great Performances - Center Stage, Volume One (Video) (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 1990 Goodfellas (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 1990 Ghost (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 1990 The Wonder Years (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Don't You Know Anything About Women? (1990) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1988 Dolly (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- My Hawaii (1988) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 1986 Car Trouble (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 1985 Fran (lyrics: "Drunken Medley: Shuffle Off to Buffalo / Put Your Arms Around Me and Hold Me Tight /"When You Were Sweet Sixteen / I've Got You my Skin / Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1985 The Two Ronnies (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #11.2 (1985) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 1983 Baby It's You (writer: "Unchained Melody" - as H. Zaret)
 1982 Tinimbang ang langit (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 1979 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Commercial Break (1979) ... (writer: "So Long for Awhile" - uncredited)
 1978 Solos en la madrugada (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 1971 Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 7 July 1971 (1971) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1966 Bandstand (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 12 March 1966 (1966) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (lyrics - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.47 (1965) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
- Episode #1.30 (1965) ... (lyrics: "I Need Your Loving" (aka "Unchained Melody"))
- Episode #1.21 (1965) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody")
 1963 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Dinah Shore Show (1963) ... (writer: "You'll Never Get Away" - uncredited)
 1960 The Man in the Moon (TV Movie) (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 1956 The 28th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Unchained Melody")
 1955 The Jane Froman Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Old West (1955) ... (lyrics: "Unchained Melody" - uncredited)
 1955 Unchained (lyrics: "Unchained (Lonely River)")
  Your Hit Parade (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1951) (music - 1 episode, 1951)
- Episode dated 15 September 1951 (1951) ... (lyrics: "So Long for Awhile") / (music: "So Long for Awhile")
 1950 Blonde Dynamite (writer: "So You're the One" - uncredited)
 1945 The Crimson Canary (writer: "One Meat Ball" - uncredited)
 1945 I Love a Bandleader (lyrics: "Counting the Days")
 1944 Abroad with Two Yanks (writer: "It All Comes Back To Me Now")
 1943 Always a Bridesmaid (lyrics: "That's My Affair")
 1942 What's Cookin' (lyrics: "You Can't Hold a Memory in Your Arms" - uncredited)
 1936 Night Waitress (lyrics: "The Monkeys have no Tails in Zamboanga")
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He wrote lyrics for many songs and advertising jingles, but his biggest hit was "Unchained Melody", with the music by Alex North. It was written in 1955 for a movie called "Unchained". Zaret and North were nominated for an Academy Award for best song. An instrumental version was a number-one hit for Les Baxter in 1955, and a vocal version by Al Hibbler reached number three on the charts the same ... See more »

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