Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Remembering Marvin Hamlisch and his music
The Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar-winning Marvin Hamlisch died Monday at age 68. He composed the scores for many films and stage musicals, including The Nutty Professor - based on the 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy - which recently opened in Nashville. Last week I saw this Broadway-bound show - and I'm happy to report that I enjoyed it and Mr. Hamlisch's score (I will be posting my review later this week).
Below you can listen to some of his memorable music:
"The Travelin' Life" from Liza Minnelli's 1964 debut album, Liza! Liza!
"Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows" sung by Lesley Gore in the 1965 film, Ski Party, and "California Nights" (1967) also performed by Gore.
"The Way We Were" from the 1973 film starring Barbra Streisand. Hamlisch won the Academy Award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. I've also included a clip from the 1976 TV special, The Bell Telephone Jubilee, featuring Hamlisch, Bing Crosby and Liza Minnelli.
"The Entertainer", a ragtime composition by Scott Joplin that Hamlisch adapted for the 1973 film, The Sting. He won the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation.
The 1975 Broadway musical, A Chorus Line, for which Hamlisch received the Tony Award for Best Original Score as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
"What I Did for Love" (performed by Priscilla Lopez and the original Broadway cast on TV's Donahue in 1990), "Dance: Ten, Looks: Three" (performed by Pamela Blair), "Nothing" (performed by Priscilla Lopez), and "One" (performed by the original Broadway cast on the 1976 Tony Awards).
The 1978 Broadway musical, They're Playing Our Song (Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz perform the title song on the 1979 Tony Awards).
"Nobody Does It Better" from the 1977 James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me (performed by Carly Simon and Hamlisch in 1981).
"Through the Eyes of Love", the theme song of the 1978 film, Ice Castles, performed by Melissa Manchester.
"Better Than Ever" performed by Candice Bergen in the 1979 film, Starting Over.
"Hearts, Not Diamonds" performed by Lauren Bacall in the 1981 film, The Fan. Hamlisch and lyricist Tim Rice were nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Original Song.
The 1986 Broadway musical, Smile (Jodi Benson performs "Disneyland").
The 2002 Broadway musical, Sweet Smell of Success, for which Hamlisch received a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score (Brian D'Arcy James performs "At the Fountain").
And, finally, here is another clip from the 1976 Bell Telephone Jubilee TV special featuring Hamlisch and Liza Minnelli.