Marvin Hamlisch, composer of The Sting and A Chorus Line, dies aged 68
Published: 7th Aug 2012 15:52:28
The composer Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote the scores for films and shows including The Sting and A Chorus Line, has died in Los Angeles, aged 68.
Family spokesman Jason Lee said the musician died on Monday after a brief illness.
Hamlisch wrote more than 40 film scores including his Oscar-winning score and title song for The Way We Were.
In total he won three Academy Awards, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes.
One of Mr Hamlisch's last UK appearances came at the Royal Albert Hall in London last October, at a concert by Broadway star Idina Menzel.
I was lucky enough to attend that night, which began with Marvin performing "solo" with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
He began with a suite from A Chorus Line and signed off with an overture from My Fair Lady that he dedicated to Menzel.
Between these pieces, he effortlessly displayed his virtuoso piano skills by performing Happy Birthday in the styles of three classical musicians.
"The truth is I know the song," he deadpanned. "The reason I know the song is I went to the Juilliard School."
To prove it, he went on to imagine the standard as it might have been performed by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.
His publicist said he had been scheduled to fly to Nashville, Tennessee, this week to see a production of his latest hit musical, The Nutty Professor.
Directed by Jerry Lewis, the show is based on the 1963 comedy film of the same name. It is due to transfer to Broadway.
Hamlisch's scores for Broadway included A Chorus Line, which received the Pulitzer Prize, as well as They're Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell of Success.
His prolific output for films included original compositions and musical adaptations for Sophie's Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer and Three Men and a Baby.
He also scored early Woody Allen films Take the Money and Run and Bananas.
Most recently, he worked on 2009's The Informant!, starring Matt Damon and directed by Steven Soderbergh.
"Music can make a difference," Hamlisch is quoted as saying on his official website.
"There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can."
Romantic drama The Way We Were (1973), which starred Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, won Hamlisch Oscars for best original dramatic score and best original song. His adaptation of Scott Joplin's music for The Sting won him a third Oscar.
He also co-wrote the hit song Nobody Does it Better, sung by Carly Simon, for the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, as well as Aretha Franklin's R&B hit Break It to Me Gently.
Hamlisch was a graduate of New York's Juilliard School of Music and Queens College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.
He was principal pops conductor for symphony orchestras in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Dallas, Pasadena, Seattle and San Diego.
He was to be announced to the same position with the Philadelphia Orchestra and was due to lead the New York Philharmonic at its New Year's Eve concert.
What are your memories of Marvin Hamlisch? Did you meet or work with him? Send us your comments and experiences using the form below.
If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures, video or eyewitness accounts at no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions.
Terms and conditions
At 01:27:13 in HeadlinesWhy are more children having "graduation ceremonies" when they leave nurseries - and is there really any point?
At 01:16:48 in HeadlinesEthnic minority students are less likely than their white British peers to receive offers from UK universities, research suggests.
At 01:08:02 in EntertainmentPaedophile rock star Ian Watkins is due to learn whether he can appeal against the length of his jail term for child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.
At 01:02:56 in EntertainmentChildren's author Julia Donaldson is a prolific writer and shows no signs of slowing down as a stage version of her book What the Ladybird Heard swings into the capital this week.
At 00:55:21 in PoliticsBritain is exporting millions of pounds worth of arms and other dual-use military equipment to Russia despite concerns Moscow is arming separatist rebels in Ukraine, MPs have warned.
At 00:55:06 in ScotlandThe Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.
At 00:21:57 in EnglandAs well as breaking the flat grey monotony of the average pavement, street furniture offers somewhere to sit, somewhere to take shelter and, at times, something to prevent us from getting run over. On occasion, it also has a story to tell.
At 00:16:50 in ScotlandThe Scottish wildcat is on the brink of extinction, say conservationists.
At 00:16:12 in WorldRight up until the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on 17 July, President Vladimir Putin's handling of the Ukraine crisis was seen in Russia as fairly successful, both strategically and tactically.
At 00:15:30 in ScotlandMore rapes have been reported in West Fife than any other area in Scotland between April 2013 and May this year, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Marvin Hamlisch, composer of The Sting and A Chorus Line, dies aged 68 [Online] (Updated 7th Aug 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1444977/Marvin-Hamlisch-composer-of-The-Sting-and-A-Chorus-Line-dies-aged-68 [Accessed 23rd Jul 2014]
News In Other Categories
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
A Man Booker Prize winner is among 15 books on the longlist for the 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize.
Sir Chris Hoy says Glasgow will deliver "the biggest and best Commonwealth Games we've ever seen", ahead of Wednesday's opening ceremony.