Broadway, film composer Marvin Hamlisch dies

Broadway, film composer Marvin Hamlisch dies

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Aug 07, 2012 at 11:45 PM PDT
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Broadway and film composer Marvin Hamlisch died August 6 in Los Angeles at the age of 68 after a brief illness. He was the true “Piano Man”.

Hamlisch won awards in every category – film, television, Broadway, and music – with three Oscar Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, four Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, four Grammy Awards, and is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Hamlisch was the pops conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra from 2002 to 2007 and was a frequent guest artist with the BPO. At one time or another he was the pops conductor in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Dallas, Pasadena, Seattle, San Diego, and was scheduled to lead the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic on New Year’s Eve.

Born in New York City on June 2, 1944 the son of a band leader; Marvin Frederick Hamlisch was a child prodigy who became the youngest person ever admitted to the prestigious Julliard School of Music at the age of seven. He got his start on Broadway as the rehearsal pianist on “Funny Girl” and playing piano at producer Sam Spiegel’s private parties.

Hamlisch made his film composition debut in 1968 with “The Swimmer”. From there he went on to compose over 50 movie scores including “Take the Money and Run”, “Something Big”, the Oscar winning “The Way We Were”, “The Entertainer”, “The Spy Who Loved Me”, “Same Time Next Year”, “Same Time Next Year”, “Ice Castles”, “Seems Like Old Times”, “Sophie’s Choice”, 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, “A Streetcar Named Desire”, “Return of the Six Million Dollar man and the Bionic Woman”, “Three Men and a Baby”, “Frankie and Johnny”, “The Mirror Has Two Faces”, “To Life! America Celebrates Israel’s 50th”, and “The Informant”.

Hamlisch has seen his music appear in over 100 films and television shows including “The Ed Sullivan Show”, “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” on “Ski Party”, the “Batman” television show, Barbra Streisand specials, numerous Academy Awards shows, “Fame” the movie, “The Devil and Max Devlin”, “The Facts of Life”, “Married with Children”, “Melrose Place”, eight episodes of “Mystery Science Fiction Theater 3000”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “Ally McBeal”, three episodes of “The Simpsons”, “How to Los a Guy in 10 Days”, “The In-Laws”, “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”, “Lost in Translation”, “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”, “Shrek the Third”, “Ugly Betty”, several Tony Awards shows, “So You Think You Can Dance”, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”, “House, M.D.”, “Saturday Night Live”, numerous late night talk shows, “Fringe”, and “Glee”.

Hamlisch’s Broadway credits include “A Chorus Line”, “They’re Playing Our Song”, “Jean Seberg”, “Smile”, “The Goodbye Girl”, “Sweet Smell of Success”, “Imaginary Friends”, and “The Nutty Professor”.

Hamlisch is survived by his television broadcaster wife Terre Blair, whom he married in 1989.

Marvin Hamlisch’s discography:
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for “The Sting”
”The Entertainer”
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for “The Spy Who Loved Me”
”Ice Castles”
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for “Sophie’s Choice”
”The Mirror Has Two Faces”
”The Swimmer”
”The Informant”

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