Born: June 2, 1944, New York, New York
This chapter examines the work of Marvin Hamlisch. It opens with an extended commentary of his career, and also gives details on productions, with data and song information. Hamlisch studied at Juilliard and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Queens College. At twenty-one he wrote his first pop hit, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows (lyric by Howard Liebling). But Hamlisch was just another Broadway piano player, serving as rehearsal accompanist for Funny Girl (Styne: March 26, 1964) and doing dance arrangements for minor musicals like Henry, Sweet Henry (Merrill: October 23, 1967) and Golden Rainbow (February 4, 1968). Then Hollywood producer Sol Siegel heard him playing piano at a party, hired him to score the 1968 Burt Lancaster film The Swimmer, and Hamlisch was on his way.
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