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BMI Mourns the Loss of Longtime Employee Faye Anthony Smith

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From News, posted 9.17.19. BMI is saddened by the loss of longtime BMI team member Faye Anthony Smith, who passed away on September 13, 2019. Faye joined BMI in 1979, beginning as a receptionist before becoming the Corporate Events Coordinator in both the Nashville and New York offices. She loved music and working on events… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Daniel Johnston

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From News, posted 9.13.19. BMI is saddened by the loss of celebrated American singer/songwriter Daniel Johnston, who passed away on September 11 at his home in Waller, Texas, at the age of 58. A pioneering figure in the lo-fi indie scene and a BMI affiliate since 1986, Johnston occupied a distinctive niche with his singular… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Kylie Rae Harris

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From News, posted 9.06.19. BMI is saddened by the loss of rising country singer and songwriter Kyle Rae Harris. Harris is best known for her song “Twenty Years From Now,” which was written for her six year-old daughter, and which is made even more poignant by the burgeoning star’s untimely death. The song appears on… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Pulitzer Prize Winner Mario Davidovsky

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From News, posted 8.29.19. BMI is saddened by the news of the passing of legendary BMI classical composer Mario Davidovsky. Known for his pioneering use of live acoustic instruments and electronics, Davidovsky sought to maintain an organic human element in his work, which he achieved throughout his prolific career. Notably, he won the Pulitizer Prize… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Art Neville

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From News, posted 7.23.19. BMI is saddened by the news of the passing on Monday of Art Neville. Neville (a.k.a “Poppa Funk”) was renowned for his work as a singer, keyboardist and co-founder of The Meters, as well as the Neville Brothers, which he founded with three of his brothers, Aaron, Cyril and Charles. Both… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of New Orleans Legend Dr. John

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From News, posted 6.07.19. BMI is saddened by the loss of Dr. John, a titan of New Orleans music, who passed away Thursday at the age of 77. Born Malcolm J. Rebennack, and widely known as Dr. John the Night Tripper, this storied singer/songwriter and versatile musician almost personified the cultural amalgam of The Big… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Nipsey Hussle

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From News, posted 4.01.19. BMI is mourning the loss of Nipsey Hussle, a phenomenal rapper, songwriter, philanthropist and dedicated community activist who passed away Sunday at the age of 33. Originally from the Crenshaw district of South Los Angeles, Hussle’s name quickly rose to prominence on the back of various influential mixtapes, notably the Bullets… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of R&B Star James Ingram

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From News, posted 1.30.19. BMI is saddened by the loss of longtime affiliate, singer/songwriter/producer James Ingram, who passed away Tuesday at age 66. A prolific and successful music creator, Ingram was a regular visitor at the top of the Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary Billboard charts throughout the 80s and 90s, earning several industry accolades… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Lyricist Norman Gimbel

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From News, posted 12.28.18. BMI was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of renowned BMI songwriter Norman Gimbel, who died on December 19 at the age of 91. The lyricist is most known for his work in the fields of film and television, wherein he wrote the beloved themes to countless series like Laverne… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Hitmaker Scott English

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From News, posted 11.20.18. BMI is saddened by the news of the passing of legendary producer and songwriter Scott English. English is responsible for penning BMI Icon Barry Manilow’s #1 hit “Mandy,” the infectious “Bend Me Shape Me” by The American Breed, as well as songs for Donny Osmond, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Westlife, and… Read more...


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