Hal Hackady, formally named Harold MacHackady, and sometimes credited as Hal Hackaday, is a lyricist writing partner for the composer Larry Grossman for a few broadway and off-broadway shows including Snoopy!!, Goodtime Charley, and Minnie’s Boys. In the 1950s through the 1960s, Hackady worked as a screenwriter for numerous TV shows and a few movies including the musical Hey, Let’s Twist for which he received a nomination from the Writers Guild of America Best Written American Musical in 1963. Also in the 1950s and the 1960s, Hackady wrote the lyrics for popular songs “Without You”, “Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry)”, and “Kites”. Hackady helped to write the sketches for the 1955 musical revue, Almost Crazy, with James Shelton and Robert Bernstein. The first thing Hackady collaborated with Larry Grossman on was the song “Play It Again, Sam” for the romantic comedy play of the same name from 1969. Snoopy!! was nominated for the Olivier Award for Musical of the Year in 1983. In 1986, Hackady wrote the lyrics for the New York Met baseball team theme song, “Let’s Go, Mets”. Over the course of his career as a lyricist, Hackady has worked on and written lyrics for 14 shows both on Broadway and off-Broadway.
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