Happy Days theme writer Norman Gimbel dies aged 91

The Oscar and Grammy-winning lyricist Norman Gimbel has died on the age of 91, his family has talked about.

Gimbel, who wrote the phrases to Killing Me Softly With His Song and the theme to Happy Days, died in his California residence on 19 December, his son Tony instructed the Hollywood Reporter.

His dying was launched on Friday by BMI.

In an announcement, the music organisation talked about: “The lyricist is most acknowledged for his work inside the fields of film and television, whereby he wrote the beloved themes to quite a few assortment like Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, The Paper Chase, Wonder Woman, H.R. Puffnstuff and loads of additional.

“Other trendy titles of Gimbel’s embrace such perennial necessities as Sway, Canadian Sunset, Summer Samba, The Girl from Ipanema, Killing Me Softly With His Song, Meditation, I Will Wait for You, plenty of which he wrote alongside along with his longtime collaborator, composer Charles Fox.

“Gimbel acquired an Best Original Song Award on the 1979 Academy Awards for his music It Goes Like It Goes, which he co-wrote with composer Davie Shire for the motion picture Norma Rae.

“A really gifted and prolific writer, Gimbel can be tremendously missed by his mates and followers at BMI.”

He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984.

One of Gimbel’s co-writers, Robert Folk, wrote: “Norman was an unbelievable experience; good in every methodology, and one who had effectively navigated every fashion in trendy music.

“I remember one of countless moments with Norman so fondly, when after a playback via phone of a newly finished song for a prominent filmmaker, he said to me privately ‘Don’t ever tell them how easy this work is for us, and how much fun we’ve had writing these songs! Or else they’ll never pay us all this money again!'”

Gimbel was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Austrian Jewish immigrants.

He was self-taught nonetheless managed to get himself work as a contract songwriter, first discovering success in 1953 with a novelty music often called Ricochet.

The Hollywood Reporter says Gimbel is survived by his children Tony, Nelly, Peter and Hannah.

No motive behind dying has been well-known.

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