Acclaimed American composer Marvin Hamlisch died on Monday at the age of 68. Hamlisch was widely celebrated for his film and Broadway scores--earning him dozens of nominations and countless awards. He passed away unexpectedly in Los Angeles after a brief illness, according to the Associated Press.
To call Hamlisch prolific is an understatement. He is one of only 11 people to earn the rare EGOT (an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony; Hamlisch went a few better and earned four Emmy Awards, four Grammys, three Oscars, and one Tony in his lifetime, as well as a Pulitzer and two Golden Globe Awards.) He composed over 40 film scores, including for The Way We Were, The Sting, Ordinary People, and most recently Steven Soderbergh's The Informant!. On Broadway, he wrote the score for the 1975 standard, A Chorus Line, for which he won both a Tony and a Pulitzer. As a conductor, he held the position of Principal Pops Conductor at not one but six different major orchestras: Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, San Diego, Seattle, Dallas, and Pasadena.
In the face of such productivity, there's nothing to do but round up Hamlisch's greatest hits. We've culled through the trove he left us and pulled out his most iconic contributions -- including a Bond sequence, a Streisand solo, and of course the singularly sensational "Chorus Line." Click through below for a brief journey through Hamlisch's unreal career, and let us know the high points we missed in the comments.
1963: "Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows"
This popular song sung by Lesley Gore was composed by Hamlisch for Gore's 1963 album <a href="http://www.allmusic.com/album/sings-of-mixed-up-hearts-mw0000844490" target="_hplink"><em>Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts</em></a>. The song was arranged by Claus Ogerman and produced by Quincey Jones.
1973: "The Way We Were"
"The Way We Were" is the title song for the <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070903/" target="_hplink">1973 film</a> which starred Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. The song, which took home an Oscar and a Golden Globe was written by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman, composed by Hamlisch and performed by Streisand. In addition to winning two prestigious awards, the song also topped many music charts in 1974 and made the <a href="http://www.afi.com/100years/songs.aspx" target="_hplink">American Film Institute's Top 100 Songs</a>, ranking number 8.
1973: "The Sting"
Hamlisch took home his third Oscar for composing the score for the 1973 film <em>The Sting</em>. The fim is noted for its score adapted from the ragtime compositions of <a href="www.marvinhamlisch.com" target="_hplink">Scott Joplin</a>. The film won seven Oscars at the 1974 Academy Awards including, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Song Score and/or Adaptation.
1975: "A Chorus Line"
Hamlisch composed the music for the 1975 musical <em>A Chorus Line</em>. The musical was a remarkable critical hit, receiving 12 Tony Award nominations, winning nine of them as well as the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Hamlisch won a Tony for Best Original Score as well as a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music.
1977: "Nobody Does It Better" from "The Spy Who Loved Me"
"Nobody Does It Better," is the theme song to the 1977 James Bond film, <em>The Spy Who Loved Me</em> (Hamlisch composed the film's score). Hamlisch composed the ballad and his girlfriend at the time Carole Bayer Sager wrote the lyrics. The song was an immediate hit and in 2004 was recognized by the American Film Institute as the <a href="http://www.afi.com/100years/songs.aspx" target="_hplink">67th greatest song</a> for their "100 Years Series."
1982: "Sophie's Choice"
Hamlisch composed the score for this 1982 film and was nominated for Best Music at the Oscars that year. The romantic drama stars Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline and was adapted from the novel of the same name by William Styron.
1986: "The Swimmer"
At 24 years old, Hamlisch composed his first film score for the 1986 film <em>The Swimmer</em> based on John Cheever's short story of the same title. The <a href="http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/cds/detail.cfm/CDID/334/Swimmer-The/" target="_hplink">soundtrack was released</a> in 2006.
2009: "The Informant!"
Hamlisch composed the score for this 2009 Steven Soderbergh film which was based upon the 2000 book <em>The Informant</em> by journalist Kurt Eichenwald. Hamlisch's score was <a href="http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,6731655,00.html" target="_hplink">very well received</a> and was regarded as 'the film score of the year' by the <a href="http://www.ifc.com/fix/2009/12/marvin-hamlisch" target="_hplink">Independent Film Channel</a> in 2009.