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BMI Mourns the Loss of Rock Legend Meat Loaf

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From News, posted 1.21.22. BMI was saddened to learn of the loss of legendary vocalist and hitmaker Meat Loaf, who passed away Thursday at the age of 74. A colossal presence on rock n’ roll radio, the voice of Meat Loaf belonged to Texas-born Michael Lee Aday, who made an indelible impression alongside songwriter/producer Jim… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Doo-Wop Legend Fred Parris

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From News, posted 1.18.22. BMI was saddened by the passing of singer/songwriter Fred Parris, who died last Thursday at the age of 85. A pioneering member of the doo-wop group The Five Satins, Parris is renowned for writing the signature doo-wop classic and one of the most beloved love songs of all time, “In the… Read more...


BMI Remembers Legendary Country Songwriter Dallas Frazier

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From News, posted 1.18.22. BMI is saddened by the loss of one of music’s most celebrated songwriters, Dallas Frazier. Frazier was a driving force behind mega-hits for icons that include Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Diana Ross, Engelbert Humperdink, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Jack Greene, George Jones, Charley Pride, Emmylou Harris, Connie Smith, Gene Watson… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of GRAMMY-Winning Songwriter James Mtume

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From News, posted 1.10.22. BMI is saddened by the passing of R&B and jazz great James Mtume. Best known for his mega hit “Juicy Fruit,” which has been sampled in countless subsequent R&B hits since his own version in 1983, Mtume also produced and co-wrote smash singles, Stephanie Mills’ “Never Knew Love Like This Before,”… Read more...


BMI Remembers Award-Winning Songwriter & Former ASCAP President, Marilyn Bergman

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From News, posted 1.10.22. BMI is saddened by the passing of renowned songwriter and longtime former President of ASCAP, Marilyn Bergman. The multiple Oscar, Emmy, GRAMMY and Golden Globe-winning lyricist was the first woman elected to ASCAP’s Board of Directors and later served as Chairman and its President from 1994-2009. During her tenure, she also… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Mike Nesmith

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From News, posted 12.13.21. BMI is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mike Nesmith, the pioneering singer/songwriter and founding member of The Monkees, who passed away on Friday morning at the age of 78. Born out of the eponymous TV series in the ‘60s about a fictional rock group, The Monkees soon took… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Rapper Young Dolph

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From News, posted 11.18.21. BMI is deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Young Dolph, the Memphis rapper/songwriter who tragically died Wednesday, at the age of 36. Born Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr. in Chicago and raised in Memphis, he started his music career in 2008 with the mixtape Paper Route Campaign. From there, Young… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Songwriter/Composer Leslie Bricusse

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From News, posted 10.20.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of renowned BMI songwriter and composer Leslie Bricusse, whose music won the hearts of so many throughout his storied career. Bricusse is responsible for such classics as “The Candyman” (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), “Talk to the Animals” (Doctor Dolittle), “What Kind of Fool… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith

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From News, posted 9.29.21. BMI is saddened by the recent passing of longtime BMI affiliate, Dr. Lonnie Smith, who was renowned for his incredible talent as an organist after first laying hands on a Hammond as a teen. In short time, Smith captured the attention of such greats as BMI affiliate George Benson, whose albums… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Groundbreaking Composer, Lyricist and Actress Micki Grant

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From News, posted 9.02.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of the first woman ever to write the book, music, and lyrics to a Broadway musical: Micki Grant, whose groundbreaking work Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, which she also starred in, won the uniquely talented BMI affiliate not only a GRAMMY for the score,… Read more...


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