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David Was

David Was
Songwriter/Producer/Composer (Was (Was Not), Bob Dylan, Rickie Lee Jones)

Since forming the band Was (Not Was) with partner Don Was in 1980, David Was has pursued many avenues in the music business -- as a songwriter, producer, music supervisor and composer for film and television.

Was (Not Was) released five albums (and is now preparing the sixth for release in 2003), which garnered great critical praise and yielded four top 10 singles in Europe and North America. Rolling Stone Magazine named 1988's What Up, Dog? album 7th place in its Critics' Poll that year, and Playboy's Readers' Poll named W(NW) the year's best R&B band.

Since going on hiatus in 1992, David Was has produced albums for Rickie Lee Jones, Bob Dylan, The Holly Cole Trio, the MC5's Wayne Kramer, as well as soundtrack albums for "American Werewolf in Paris," The "X-Files" and "The Big Tease." For television, he scored music for CBS's "Education of Max Bickford" and ABC's "That Was Then."

Was' clients for commercial music includes names like Microsoft, Acura, Canon, Infiniti, Toyota, Nike and Budweiser. His songwriting collaborations over the years have resulted in copyrights with Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Marshall Crenshaw and Bonnie Raitt.