Norman Gimbel, the award-winning lyricist passes away at 91

Norman Gimbel, who’s well known for his profession as a lyricist passed away on 19 December at his home in Montecito, California.  His son Tony Gimbel declared Norman’s death to the media. Norman’s works include the famous tracks like Killing Me Softly With his song recorded by Roberta Flack, The Fugees, and others, the theme for The Happy Days, a popular television series. The girl from Ipanema, a Brazilian bossa nova melody was made loved by millions due to the wordings penned by Norman Gimbel in it. Many more such infamous works of Norman made him grab awards like Oscar and Grammy for the best lyrics.

The demise of such a person who delivered a good number ever so popular works to this world and music lovers had a great impact on them. The BMI, the music rights organization stated that they are greatly saddened by the news of Norman’s death. They said that Norman Gimbel was a truly gifted and prolific writer and will be terribly missed by his fans and will be remembered forever for his works. Norman was born in Brooklyn, Newyork on November 16th, 1927. He attended Baruch College and Columbia University later during her teenage and adulthood. In 1967, Norman moved to the west coast of the US, where he worked with the composers such as Quincy Jones and Elmer Bernstein. As per the reports of BBC, In 1984, Norman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Charles Fox was Norman’s longtime collaborator, and both worked creating a lot of classics. Both Norman and Fox had a 30-year partnership in which they had written a number of more than 150 songs which earned Oscar nominations for Olivia Newton John’s “Richard’s window” from The Other Side of the Mountain and for Barry Manilow’s “Ready to take a chance again” from the comedy Foul Play

Norman was awarded a Best Original Song Award at the 1979 Academy Awards for his work in the song. It Goes Like It Goes, which was co-written along with the composer David Shire for the movie Norma Rae. The American composer Robert Folk, who had written about 15 songs with Gimbel, called him an “incredible talent, brilliant in every way” in his Facebook post on December 27. Robert also quoted with great found on Gimbell that: “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!”

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