Aug 7, 2012
Composer/performer Marvin Hamlisch has died at the age of 68. Hamlisch is one of only two songwriters to win a Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Academy Award, as well as the Pulitzer Prize. The other songwriter so feted is Richard Rodgers.
Hamlisch wrote primarily for the movies and stage, creating the classic musical A Chorus Line with Edward Kleban, James Kirkwood, Nicholas Dante and Michael Bennett in 1975. A year earlier, he co-wrote “The Way We Were” with Marilyn and Alan Bergman, recorded for the film of the same title by Barbra Streisand.
Perhaps Hamlisch’s greatest contribution to jazz came from his selection of the music of Scott Joplin for his score of the 1973 film The Sting. His recording of the ragtime genius’ “The Entertainer” was a surprise Billboard hit and re-introduced Joplin’s body of music to the general public.