Joel Hirschhorn was an American songwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Song on two occasions. Hirschhorn's songs sold more than 90 million records, were featured in 20 movies and were recorded by various artists including Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison.
With longtime collaborator Al Kasha, he won his first Oscar in 1973 for "The Morning After" from Poseidon, a film about a luxury cruise ship capsized by an enormous wave. The song, which has accumulated more than two million broadcast performances, also earned a BMI Pop Award that same year.
They won their second Academy Award in 1975 for "We May Never Love Like This Again" from The Towering Inferno. Two years later, the writing partners were nominated for a pair of Oscars for songs from the Disney animated film Pete's Dragon.
Hirschhorn and Kasha also received two Tony Award nominations - in 1981 for their score to the musical Copperfield and in 1983 for songs in a revival of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.