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BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Jazz Pianist Chick Corea

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From News, posted 2.12.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of one of the true jazz giants, Chick Corea, who died this week at the age of 79. Corea, who continued to astound audiences for more than half a century with his unique jazz-rock fusion, was one of the most renowned keyboardists in music history.… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Iconic Composer Perry Botkin, Jr.

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From News, posted 1.22.21. BMI is saddened by the news that Perry Botkin, Jr., theme composer for the longest running daytime TV series in history, The Young and the Restless, has passed away at the age of 87. During his four-decade career, the GRAMMY-winning Botkin was also responsible for memorable themes to Mork and Mindy… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Duranice Pace

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From News, posted 1.15.21. BMI is saddened by the loss of Gospel singer/songwriter Duranice Pace, who passed away January 14, 2021, at the age of 62. A member of the Anointed Pace Sisters, Pace boasted a vocal style influenced by Broadway and musical theater, singing both alto and soprano for the storied Atlanta-based group. Some… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of GRAMMY-Winning Songwriter Jamie O’Hara

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From News, posted 1.08.21. BMI is saddened by the news that singer-songwriter Jamie O’Hara passed away yesterday. Highly decorated for the GRAMMY-winning megahit “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days),” which was recorded by The Judds in 1986, O’Hara was also the scribe behind Ronnie McDowell’s smashes “Wandering Eyes” and “Older Women.” Early on,… Read more...


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...


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