Who is Al Kasha?
Al Kasha is a Brooklyn–born composer, songwriter, arranger and businessman. He started songwriting and producing at a young age and was hired as a producer at Columbia Records aged 22. He worked at the Brill Building in 1959 alongside writers and artists like Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Burt Bacharach, Hal David, and Neil Diamond. He has worked with many great artists such as Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, Donna Summer, Charles Aznavour, Bobby Darin, and Jackie Wilson. He was responsible for signing The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin to publishing contracts in the 1960s when he worked for CBS Publishing. Kasha is most noted for his years of collaboration with songwriter Joel Hirschhorn. The two wrote and collaborated on many nominated and award winning songs for many music groups, movies, and musicals. The Peppermint Rainbow's "Will You Be Staying After Sunday" is just one example of the many songs they wrote for groups during their time.