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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...


BMI Mourns the Loss of “Rainy Night in Georgia” Writer Tony Joe White

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From News, posted 10.25.18. BMI is saddened by the news that songwriter Tony Joe White passed away this afternoon. Responsible for classics like “Rainy Night in Georgia,” “Willie and Laura Mae Jones,” and “Polk Salad Annie,” White’s music has been recorded by more than 100 artists including Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Brook Benton, Ray Charles,… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Mac Miller

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From News, posted 9.10.18. BMI was very saddened to learn of the loss of songwriter/rapper/producer Mac Miller, who died on Friday, September 7 in Los Angeles at age 26. A promising and resourceful talent, Pittsburgh-native Mac Miller, a.k.a Malcolm McCormick, made his initial impact in the 2010s with a versatile style that was both playful… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Soul Legend Aretha Franklin

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From News, posted 8.16.18. BMI is deeply saddened to learn of the death of trailblazing music legend, Aretha Franklin, who passed away today at the age of 76. A BMI affiliate for five decades, Franklin was hailed as the Queen of Soul, in the 1960s, for her unquantifiable contributions to the canon of contemporary music.… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Celebrated BMI Composer Patrick Williams

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From News, posted 7.26.18. BMI is saddened by the news that Emmy, GRAMMY and BMI Richard Kirk Award-winner Patrick Williams passed away yesterday at the age of 79. Among the legendary projects on Williams’ unsurpassed resume were scores for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, The Streets of San Francisco, Columbo, Lou… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Joe Jackson, Patriarch of the Jackson Family

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From News, posted 6.27.18. BMI is saddened to have learned of the passing of Joe Jackson on Wednesday, June 27, at age 89. Profoundly instrumental to the legacy of some of BMI’s most prominent and celebrated affiliates, Jackson launched his family’s musical journey in 1964 with the formation of the Jackson 5, featuring his sons… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Arthur B. Rubinstein

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From News, posted 4.25.18. BMI is saddened by the news of Arthur B. Rubinstein’s passing on April 23. As an Emmy Award-winning composer, Rubinstein worked on more than 300 films and TV programs including War Games, Lost in America, Shooting War and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He was also known for his work as music… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Jazz Pianist Cecil Taylor

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From News, posted 4.06.18. BMI is saddened by the passing of iconic jazz pianist Cecil Taylor. Taylor, who was a master of the avant-garde, played with a raw energy so intensely precise it was unmatched in any genre. Having studied classical music at the New England Conservatory in the early 50s, Taylor honed his touch,… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela

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From News, posted 1.23.18. BMI is saddened by the news that trumpeter, composer, flugelhorn player, bandleader, singer and political activist Hugh Masekela has passed away at the age of 78. The legendary South African jazz musician recorded more than 40 solo albums in his storied career, while also collaborating with countless diverse musical icons including… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries

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From News, posted 1.17.18. BMI is deeply saddened by news of the loss of Dolores O’Riordan, who passed away Monday at the age of 46. As lead singer and songwriter for The Cranberries, O’Riordan’s distinctive, lilting voice and confessional lyrics helped establish the Irish quartet as one of the preeminent alternative bands of the 1990s.… Read more...


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