Posted in music on August 7, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch, the singularly productive and sensationally decorated composer of musicals like "A Chorus Line" and songs like "The Way We Were," has died, The Associated Press reported. A family spokesman told The A.P. that Mr. Hamlisch died in Los Angeles on Monday after a brief illness but did not provide additional details. Mr. Hamlisch was 68.

In a career that spanned film, television, theater and recorded music, Mr. Hamlisch won seemingly every award available in each medium. He was a 12-time Academy Award nominee, for his score and song contributions to films like "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Sophie's Choice," and a three-time Oscar winner for the score of "The Sting" as well as its song "The Way We Were" (with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman). He won four Emmy Awards and four Grammy Awards, as well as a Tony Award for his score to the musical "A Chorus Line." That musical, which blended bouncy, brassy songs like "One" and "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three" with melancholy numbers like "At the Ballet," also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976. - [NY Times]

RIP, Marv. Even though the kids thought you were square, your music helped define a decade. Some video clips are below.

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Marvin Hamlisch on Bell Telephone Jubilee (1976)

A Chorus Line - One Singular Sensation

"The Entertainer"

Bing Crosby, Ray Bolger & Marvin Hamlisch 1976

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Comments (9)

Before the snark arrives, before the general sausage hate of humanity starts, before the hipster sanctimony oozes in, I want to give much respect to this great musician and great American. This guy got into Julliard at 6 years old (yes, 4 years shy of 10). This guy won Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Tonys, etc. This guy had a gift and used to to bring music to the world. Not many like him, and a long time until another like him comes along. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 4:50 PM

Kinda looks like an older version of McLovin from Superbad

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 4:50 PM

The King of Sweden is using his penis as a radio transmitter to send anti-semitic lesbian meatloaf recipes to Marvin Hamlisch.

- R.I.P. Marvy boy

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 5:01 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 7:38 PM

He was writing a song about hummus just before he died.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 8:20 PM

I especially loved seeing him on The Great Space Coaster.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2012 6:48 AM

He was an EGOT!

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2012 6:49 AM

Can you email me with some pointers on how you made your site look this awesome, I would appreciate it.

Posted by miniclip | August 30, 2012 8:58 AM

I think 68 is too young. r.i.p

Posted by jordon | July 24, 2013 9:34 PM

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