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BMI Mourns the Loss of Gospel Legend Bishop Rance Allen

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From News, posted 11.11.20. BMI is saddened by the loss of longtime affiliate, renowned Gospel singer/songwriter Bishop Rance Allen, who passed away on October 31 in Sylvania, Ohio at the age of 71. A bishop, minister in the Church of God in Christ and founder of the groundbreaking Rance Allen Group, Bishop Allen blazed an… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Texas Outlaws Shaver, Walker and Bush

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From News, posted 10.28.20. BMI is saddened by the passing of three Outlaw-Country pioneers, Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker and Johnny Bush. Shaver was the writer of some of country music’s greatest songs, including “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “Georgia on a Fast Train,” “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” and “Live Forever.” Along with unforgettable… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of BMI Icon Mac Davis

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From News, posted 9.30.20. BMI is deeply saddened by the passing of Mac Davis. During his legendary career, Davis, who was named a BMI Icon in 2015 for his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers, was the consummate all-around entertainer: songwriter, singer, actor, TV and radio personality, and performer. As a singular… Read more...


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...


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