“The biggest thrill you can have is to tell people one of your songs, and have them be able to hum it.”Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) is one of the most vital songwriters and composers of his time and beyond. His career took off in 1965 when his song “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows”, recorded by Lesley Gore, reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. As a composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award that exists: 3 Oscars, 4 Grammys, 4 Emmys, a Tony and 3 Golden Globe awards. Additionally, he is one of only two people to achieve all of these awards and also win a Pulitzer Prize.
For Broadway, Hamlisch wrote the music for the groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize winning musical, A Chorus Line, which garnered 9 Tony awards out of twelve overall nominations and has sustained for more than 40 years as one of the most successful musicals ever. Other highly successful Hamlisch musicals include, They’re Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell Of Success. In addition, his prolific output as a film score composer includes his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting, for which he received his third Oscar.