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BMI Mourns the Loss of Emmy-Winning Composer and Songwriter Billy Goldenberg

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From News, posted 8.05.20. BMI is saddened by the passing of Billy Goldenberg, theme composer for the immensely popular Kojak, Harry O, Rhoda, The Sixth Sense, Executive Suite, Delvecchio, The Lazarus Syndrome, Skag, Love, Sidney, and Our House, as well as Emmy-winning composer of the TV-movie Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, which morphed into the… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Film Composer Ennio Morricone

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From News, posted 7.06.20. The world of film music lost one of its true titans today when legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone passed away in Rome at the age of 91. An innovative music creator, Morricone penned the scores to over 500 films, working alongside countless prominent directors, from Bernardo Bertolucci, Barry Levinson and Terrence… Read more...


BMI Remembers Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry Member Charlie Daniels

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From News, posted 7.06.20. BMI is saddened by the passing of Country, Southern Rock and Bluegrass legend Charlie Daniels, who died today of a stroke at the age of 83. A Dove and CMA Award-winning artist, musician, and songwriter, best known for his fiery fiddle on his #1 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,”… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Renowned Sax Player and Composer Lennie Niehaus

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From News, posted 6.03.20. BMI is saddened by the passing of renowned composer and orchestrator, Lennie Niehaus. Niehaus is responsible for the scores to two dozen Clint Eastwood films, including the Oscar-winning Western Unforgiven, the Charlie Parker biopic Bird and the searing Bridges of Madison County. Having started out by playing alto sax and arranging… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Hit Songwriter and Record Producer Mark Barkan

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From News, posted 5.11.20. BMI is saddened by the passing of veteran songwriter and record producer Mark Barkan. Barkan was best known for writing the U.K. #1 “Pretty Flamingo,” which was recorded by Manfred Mann in 1966, and covered by dozens of other artists, including superstars Rod Stewart, The Everly Brothers, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Songwriter John Prine

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From News, posted 4.08.20. BMI is deeply saddened by the passing of legendary singer/songwriter John Prine, yesterday in Nashville, due to complications from COVID-19. Though primarily considered to have strong folk and Americana roots, Prine’s vivid storytelling was revered by songwriters, artists and listeners in all genres, with songs like “Sam Stone, “Speed of the… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Renowned Jazz Musician Ray Mantilla

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From News, posted 3.23.20. BMI is saddened by the passing of Ray Mantilla, the percussionist and bandleader whose six-decade-long career ensured his legacy as one of the most diverse and respected jazz musicians in American music. Renowned for his playing of the congas and timbales, Mantilla added his touch to hundreds of recordings, including Herbie… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of “Dark Shadows” Composer Bob Cobert

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From News, posted 2.25.20. BMI is saddened by the passing of GRAMMY and Emmy-nominated composer Bob Cobert. Classically trained, The Dark Shadows musical scribe, who was responsible for the top 10 hit “Quentin’s Theme” from the renowned soap, also wrote the score to the acclaimed Winds of War, created the folk opera Frankie and Johnny,… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Pop Smoke

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From News, posted 2.19.20. BMI was shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Pop Smoke, who died today at age 20. A promising young talent originally hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Pop Smoke (born Bahsar Barakah Jackson) was initially renowned for remixing tracks within New York’s drill music scene before making a… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath

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From News, posted 1.21.20. BMI is saddened by the passing of tenor saxophonist and jazz great, Jimmy Heath. Having achieved the highest honor bestowed upon a jazz musician, the title of NEA Jazz Master, Heath was known for his lively and playful compositions and arrangements, expertly and seamlessly knowing exactly where and when to play… Read more...


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