Joel Hirschhorn, american songwriter, was born December 18, 1938 in New York City and died September 18, 2005 in Thousand Oaks, California.Hirschhorn, along with songwriting partner Al Kasha
, did not work on another film until 1970’s The Cheyenne Social Club, which was directed by Gene Kelly
. It was the pair’s next effort, for The Poseidon Adventure (1972), that really made their name. "The Morning After", a song they wrote in a single evening, won them their first Oscar and also topped the Billboard chart.The Towering Inferno (1974) provided Hirschhorn and Kasha with their second Oscars, this time for the "We May Never Love Like This Again". Following this success, the pair received two further Oscar nominations, both for their work on Pete's Dragon (1977).