Marvin Hamlisch : Farewell to a rare musical genius

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    Marvin Hamlisch : Farewell to a rare musical genius

    Farewell to the late Marvin Hamlisch, one of the most accomplished composers, conductors, and musicians of the 20th century.  A brilliant musical child prodigy and nerd (in the most affectionate use of the word), Hamlisch's resume is jaw-dropping, all wrapped up in an under-stated, low-key persona that gave him the look of a music professor rather than a celebrity.  Hamlisch died at the age of 68 on August 6th.  

    There was nothing he didn't accomplish: multiple Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and a Tony -- and the cherry on top, a Pulitzer.   Hamlisch is one of only two composers in history (along with Richard Rodgers)  to have achieved and earned, all of those coveted awards.  He received his Pulitzer for the Broadway smash hit, "A Chorus Line", and co-wrote the hit single Carly Simon made famous, "Nobody Does it Better."  I remember our friend phsmith saying that Radiohead's Thom Yorke considers that song, "the sexiest song ever written."  Radiohead has covered the song many times.  

    Hamlisch's death was sudden, and is being mourned by people from all walks of life, and celebrities from music (rock, pop, blues, classical, you name it), film, and theatre circles.  

    Hamlisch had perfect pitch and was an accomplished pianist.  His current schedule was as full as ever, and his death is an abrupt end to his rare musical gifts, gifts the likes of which were unmatched during his lifetime, and will remain a spectacular, permanent legacy to his well-lived, amazing life.  
     
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       Yoga,very well written summarization of Hamlisch's life and accomplishments.He was truly one of the giants in the music industry.I had forgotten he co-wrote "Nobody does it better",which indeed is a very sexy song.
        He was involved in all aspects of music which ran the gammit of styles.He was talented enough to co-write the Lesley Gore hit "Sunshine,Lollipops and Rainbows"and "The way we were" (Barbra Striesand's first #1 hit) to playing piano covering Scott Joplin's "The entertainer"(from "The Sting").He provided millions with the gift of his music and will be missed. 
     
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    [QUOTE]   Yoga,very well written summarization of Hamlisch's life and accomplishments.He was truly one of the giants in the music industry.I had forgotten he co-wrote "Nobody does it better",which indeed is a very sexy song.     He was involved in all aspects of music which ran the gammit of styles.He was talented enough to co-write the Lesley Gore hit "Sunshine,Lollipops and Rainbows"and "The way we were" (Barbra Striesand's first #1 hit) to playing piano covering Scott Joplin's "The entertainer"(from "The Sting").He provided millions with the gift of his music and will be missed. 
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    Thank you.  

    Also, in tribute to Hamlisch and his countless contributions to the theatre arts,  all 40 theatres on Broadway united and turned down the lights on their marquees for one minute on Wednesday evening at 8:00.  

    Isn't that something?  
     
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