Don Was

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Born: 09/13/1952 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Music (42)

Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Music

Sinatra 100 - An All Star Grammy Concert 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Music

Danny Collins 2015 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Danny Collins 2015 (Movie)

("Don't Look Down") (Song)

American Idol 2011 (Tv Show)

Music Producer

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 (Movie)

("Walk The Dinosaur") (Song)

Music 101: The Green Room 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Music

That Was Then 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Music

The Education of Max Bickford 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Music

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

song producer("Green Christmas") (Song)

One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Music

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Music

And Baby Makes Two 1999 (Movie)

("Baby Mine") (Song Performer)

Anywhere But Here 1999 (Movie)

("Amity") (Song Performer)

Mad About You 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Music

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music

Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Music

Hope Floats 1998 (Movie)

executive soundtrack producer (Music Producer)

Hope Floats 1998 (Movie)

song producer("Stop in the Name of Love" "Honest I Do" "Smile" Chances Are" "What Makes You Stay" "To Get Me To You") (Song)

Bandwagon 1997 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

George of the Jungle 1997 (Movie)

song producer("George of the Jungle (Main Title)" "George of the Jungle") (Song)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

music consultant (Music)

Jungle2jungle 1997 (Movie)

("It Starts in the Heart") (Song)

Michael 1996 (Movie)

song producer("Feels Like Home") (Song)

Tin Cup 1996 (Movie)

song producer("This Could Take All Night") (Song)

Elvis: The Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Music Conductor

Backbeat 1994 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

song producer("You Don't Mess Around With Me") (Song)

The Flintstones 1994 (Movie)

("Walk the Dinosaur") (Song)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

song producer("Make Up Your Mind") (Song)

Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

("Walk the Dinosaur") (Song)

That Night 1993 (Movie)

song producer("Ruler of My Heart") (Song)

Hull High 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music Producer

Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)

song producer("Part of You Part of Me") (Song)

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 1990 (Movie)

songs("I'm Gonna Be the One" "Booty Time") (Song)

Vital Signs 1990 (Movie)

("Walk the Dinosaur") (Song)

Black Rain 1989 (Movie)

song producer("Living on the Edge of the Night") (Song)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Slaves of New York 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

The Dream Team 1989 (Movie)

("Walk the Dinosaur") (Song)

Private Investigations 1987 (Movie)

("Walk the Dinosaur") (Song)
Actor (16)

Danny Collins 2015 (Movie)

Danny's Band (Actor)

The Union 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Country Bears 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

CMA 40th: A Celebration 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Music in Movies '96 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Music in Movies '95 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Wiseguy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Aron Presley: The Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Kris Kristofferson: Songwriter 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

Farm Aid VI 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Together For Our Children -- M.U.S.I.C. 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd International Rock Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Presenter
Director (2)

Forever is a Long Time 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (1)

Bonnie Raitt: Road Tested 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Producer

EDUCATION

University of Michigan

Milestones

2015

Played bass on the Brian Wilson album No Pier Pressure.

2015

Produced the Van Morrison album Duets: Reworking the Catalogue.

2012

Produced the John Mayer album Born and Raised.

2012

Became the president of Blue Note Records.

2008

Reunited with his bandmates from Was (Not Was) for the album Boo!.

2005

Produced the Rolling Stones album A Bigger Bang.

2003

Produced Hootie & the Blowfish's self-titled album.

2000

Produced the Barenaked Ladies album Maroon.

1999

Produced the Ziggy Marley album Spirit of Music.

1997

Produced the Rolling Stones album Bridges to Babylon.

1995

Produced the Brian Wilson album I Just Wasn't Made for These Times.

1995

Served as music director on the film "Toy Story."

1994

Won a Grammy as Producer of the Year.

1994

Produced the Rolling Stones album Voodoo Lounge.

1992

Released the Was (Not Was) album Hello Dad...I'm in Jail.

1991

Served as music director on the film "Thelma and Louise."

1990

Produced Bob Dylan's Under the Red Sky.

1989

Produced the landmark Bonnie Raitt album Nick of Time.

1987

Released the hit Was (Not Was) album What Up, Dog?.

1985

Served as producer on Carly Simon's album Spoiled Girl.

1983

Released the popular album Born to Laugh at Tornados.

1981

Released a self-titled debut with Was (Not Was).

1979

Formed the R&B group Was (Not Was).

Bonus Trivia

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Was a huge fan of the Rolling Stones growing up, and saw them in concert at age 12, only to produce several of their albums as an adult.

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Hosted the proceedings and led the house band at the Detroit All-Star Revue since 2008.

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Formed Was (Not Was) with childhood friend David Weiss after becoming so desperate as a struggling musician that he was considering turning to armed robbery to support himself.

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