Best Original Song Oscar Winners

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1. Con Conrad

Soundtrack | The Gay Divorcee

Academy Award-winning songwriter ("The Continental", 1934), composer, pianist and publisher, educated at military academy, then a pianist in film theatres, and later a vaudeville entertainer in the USA and Europe. He wrote the Broadway stage scores for "Moonlight", "Mercenary Mary", "Kitty's Kisses...

The Continental, The Gay Divorcee (Music).

2. Herb Magidson

Soundtrack | The Gay Divorcee

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980.

The Continental, The Gay Divorcee (Lyrics).

3. Harry Warren

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

Harry Warren was born on December 24, 1893 in Brooklyn [now in New York City], New York, USA as Salvatore Anthony Guaragna. He was married to Josephine Wensler. He died on September 22, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Lullaby of Broadway, Gold Diggers of 1935 (Music).

4. Al Dubin

Music_department | Dames

Prolific Academy Award-winning songwriter Al Dubin ("Lullaby of Broadway" [1935]) came to the US in 1893 and was educated at the Perkiomen Seminary in Pennsylvania. He joined the staff of several New York music publishing companies. He enlisted in the US Army in World War I and served in the 77th ...

Lullaby of Broadway, Gold Diggers of 1935 (Lyrics).

5. Jerome Kern

Soundtrack | Till the Clouds Roll By

Jerome David Kern was born in 1885. He began his stage career grafting American songs (for which he wrote the music) into imported European operettas. His breakthrough came with the song "They Didn't Believe Me", written (with lyrics by Edward Laska) for a show called "The Girl from Utah". It ...

The Way You Look Tonight, Swing Time (Music).

6. Dorothy Fields

Music_department | Swing Time

Dorothy Fields, daughter of vaudeville star Lew Fields (of Weber & Fields) started writing songs for Tin Pan Alley and Broadway in the 1920s, in spite of the fact, that her first Broadway show was a flop. From the 30s on she also worked for Hollywood with her partner, composer Jimmy McHugh. She won...

The Way You Look Tonight, Swing Time (Lyrics).

7. Harry Owens

Soundtrack | Waikiki Wedding

One of the foremost exponents of Hawaiian music, Harry Owens arrived in the islands in 1934 and became quickly enamored with the local scene. Owens had been a straight trumpet player in Los Angeles dance bands (at the Ambassador Hotel Cocoanut Grove and for Vincent Rose). His previous experience as...

Sweet Leilani, Waikiki Wedding (Music & lyrics).

8. Ralph Rainger

Soundtrack | Chinatown

He was one of the era's great composers and songwriters. Ralph Rainger penned numerous popular standards, often working in collaboration with lyricist Leo Robin. These include solid commercial hits like "Moanin Low", "Love in Bloom" (used by Jack Benny to introduce his TV and radio shows), "Love is...

Thanks for the Memory, The Big Broadcast of 1938 (Music).

9. Leo Robin

Music_department | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Prolific American lyricist, best known for his collaborative efforts with the composer Ralph Rainger. His many popular standards include "Prisoner of Love", "Louise", "Beyond the Blue Horizon", "No Love no Nothing", "Moonlight and Shadows", "My Ideal", "If I Should Lose You", "Blue Hawaii", the ...

Thanks for the Memory, The Big Broadcast of 1938 (Lyrics).

10. Harold Arlen

Music_department | The Wizard of Oz

No American has written more first-rate songs than Arlen. He grew up in a musical family (his father was a cantor), and disappointed but didn't surprise his parents by dropping out of high school to become a musician. A stint as pianist and singer with a dance band, the Buffalodians, allowed him to...

Over the Rainbow, The Wizard of Oz (Music).

11. E.Y. Harburg

Music_department | The Wizard of Oz

One of the great lyricists of American song, Edgar Yipsel Harburg (born Isidore Hochberg) grew up in the working-class Jewish ghetto of Manhattan's Lower East Side. In high school, he befriended Ira Gershwin, later his collaborator on student literary ventures at City College of New York; both also...

Over the Rainbow, The Wizard of Oz (Lyrics).

12. Leigh Harline

Composer | Pinocchio

Academy Award-winning composer (score, Pinocchio (1940), conductor, songwriter ("When You Wish Upon a Star" [Academy award, Best Song, 1940) and arranger Leigh Harine was educated at the University of Utah. He was a music student of J. Spencer Cornwall. He arranged the first transcontinental ...

When You Wish Upon a Star, Pinocchio (Music).

13. Ned Washington

Music_department | Pinocchio

Prolific American lyricist and songwriter, one of the giants of Tin Pan Alley. He contributed numerous popular standards to jazz and to the big band scene. His catalogue includes such titles as "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (theme song for bandleader Tommy Dorsey), the ballad "I Don't Stand a ...

When You Wish Upon a Star, Pinocchio (Lyrics).

14. Jerome Kern

Soundtrack | Till the Clouds Roll By

Jerome David Kern was born in 1885. He began his stage career grafting American songs (for which he wrote the music) into imported European operettas. His breakthrough came with the song "They Didn't Believe Me", written (with lyrics by Edward Laska) for a show called "The Girl from Utah". It ...

The Last Time I Saw Paris, Lady Be Good (Music).

15. Oscar Hammerstein II

Soundtrack | State Fair

Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City, New York, USA as Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein. He was married to Dorothy Hammerstein and Myra Finn. He died on August 23, 1960 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA.

The Last Time I Saw Paris, Lady Be Good (Lyrics).

16. Irving Berlin

Soundtrack | Blue Skies

Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidor Baline on May 11, 1888 in Mogilev, Belarus, Russian Empire. Towering composer, songwriter, ("God Bless America", "Always", "Blue Skies", "White Christmas") author and publisher, he came to the United States at age 5 and was educated in New York's public schools....

White Christmas, Holiday Inn (Music & Lyrics).

17. Harry Warren

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

Harry Warren was born on December 24, 1893 in Brooklyn [now in New York City], New York, USA as Salvatore Anthony Guaragna. He was married to Josephine Wensler. He died on September 22, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

You'll Never Know, Hello, Frisco, Hello (Music).

18. Mack Gordon

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

Mack Gordon was born on June 21, 1904 in Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire as Morris Gittler. He was married to Elizabeth Cook and Rose Ponelli. He died on February 28, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA.

You'll Never Know, Hello, Frisco, Hello (Lyrics).

19. Jimmy Van Heusen

Soundtrack | Going My Way

Jimmy Van Heusen was inarguably one of the most accomplished songwriters in history. Claiming four "Oscars" and one Emmy award among his credits he also wrote more songs (85) recorded by Frank Sinatra, his long time friend, than any other composer. He also composed the songs for another good friend...

Swinging on a Star, Going My Way (Music).

20. Johnny Burke

Soundtrack | Going My Way

Songwriter ("Swinging on a Star" [Academy Award, 1944], "What's New?", "Oh, You Crazy Moon"), producer, director and author, educated at the University of Wisconsin and Crane College. He joined the staff of music publishing companies in New York and Chicago, then went to Hollywood under contract to...

Swinging on a Star, Going My Way (Lyrics).

21. Richard Rodgers

Soundtrack | The Talented Mr. Ripley

Richard Rodgers is an American composer, known largely for his work in musical theater. With 43 Broadway musicals and over 900 songs to his credit, Rodgers was one of the most significant American composers of the 20th century, and his compositions had a significant impact on popular music.

He is ...

It Might as Well Be Spring, State Fair (Music).

22. Oscar Hammerstein II

Soundtrack | State Fair

Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City, New York, USA as Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein. He was married to Dorothy Hammerstein and Myra Finn. He died on August 23, 1960 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA.

It Might as Well Be Spring, State Fair (Lyrics).

23. Harry Warren

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

Harry Warren was born on December 24, 1893 in Brooklyn [now in New York City], New York, USA as Salvatore Anthony Guaragna. He was married to Josephine Wensler. He died on September 22, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe, The Harvey Girls (Music).

24. Johnny Mercer

Soundtrack | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Johnny Mercer started his career as singer and songwriter for Paul Whiteman. He started writing songs for Hollywood in 1935, where he also had a few small parts in musicals. Among his famous songs is the inoffical anthem of Hollywood, "Hooray For Hollywood" that he wrote for the movie "Hollywood ...

On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe, The Harvey Girls (Lyrics).

25. Allie Wrubel

Soundtrack | Song of the South

Charter member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Inducted in 1970.

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Song of the South (Music).

26. Ray Gilbert

Soundtrack | Song of the South

Academy Award-winning songwriter ("Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" [1947]), composer and author, educated in public schools and then a writer of special material for Sophie Tucker, Harry Richman and Buddy Rogers. He came to Hollywood in 1939 and wrote for Earl Carroll, then signed for 3 1/2 years with Walt ...

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Song of the South (Lyrics).

27. Ray Evans

Soundtrack | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Academy Award-winning songwriter ("Buttons and Bows" [1948], "Mona Lisa" [1950], "Que Sera Sera" [1956]), composer, author, musician and publisher, educated at the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career in the college dance orchestra, then played in local night clubs...

Buttons and Bows, The Paleface (Music & lyrics)

28. Jay Livingston

Soundtrack | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Jay Livingston was born March 28, 1915 in McDonald, Pennsylvania. He (along with his partner Ray Evans) composed many songs for movies such as To Each His Own (1946), Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) and Academy Award winning songs "Mona Lisa" from the movie Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1949), "Buttons and ...

Buttons and Bows, The Paleface (Music & lyrics).

29. Frank Loesser

Soundtrack | Neptune's Daughter

Frank Loesser was born on June 29, 1910 in New York City, New York, USA as Frank Henry Loesser. He was married to Jo Sullivan and Lynn Garland. He died on July 28, 1969 in New York City.

Baby, It's Cold Outside, Neptune's Daughter (Music & lyrics).

30. Ray Evans

Soundtrack | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Academy Award-winning songwriter ("Buttons and Bows" [1948], "Mona Lisa" [1950], "Que Sera Sera" [1956]), composer, author, musician and publisher, educated at the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career in the college dance orchestra, then played in local night clubs...

Mona Lisa, Captain Carey, U.S.A. (Music & lyrics).

31. Jay Livingston

Soundtrack | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Jay Livingston was born March 28, 1915 in McDonald, Pennsylvania. He (along with his partner Ray Evans) composed many songs for movies such as To Each His Own (1946), Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) and Academy Award winning songs "Mona Lisa" from the movie Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1949), "Buttons and ...

Mona Lisa, Captain Carey, U.S.A. (Music & lyrics).

32. Hoagy Carmichael

Soundtrack | To Have and Have Not

Award-winning songwriter ("Stardust", "Ole Buttermilk Sky", "Georgia on My Mind"), composer, pianist, actor and singer, educated at Indiana University (LL.B). He played piano in the college bands, and later gave up a law practice for a career in songwriting. He joined ASCAP in 1931, and his chief ...

In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Here Comes the Groom (Music)

33. Johnny Mercer

Soundtrack | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Johnny Mercer started his career as singer and songwriter for Paul Whiteman. He started writing songs for Hollywood in 1935, where he also had a few small parts in musicals. Among his famous songs is the inoffical anthem of Hollywood, "Hooray For Hollywood" that he wrote for the movie "Hollywood ...

In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Here Comes the Groom (Lyrics).

34. Dimitri Tiomkin

Music_department | High Noon

Dimitri Tiomkin was a Russian Jewish composer who emigrated to America and became one of the most distinguished and best-loved music writers of Hollywood. He won a hallowed place in the pantheon of the most successful and productive composers in American film history, earning himself four Oscars ...

The Ballad of High Noon, High Noon (Music).

35. Ned Washington

Music_department | Pinocchio

Prolific American lyricist and songwriter, one of the giants of Tin Pan Alley. He contributed numerous popular standards to jazz and to the big band scene. His catalogue includes such titles as "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (theme song for bandleader Tommy Dorsey), the ballad "I Don't Stand a ...

The Ballad of High Noon, High Noon (Lyrics).

36. Sammy Fain

Soundtrack | Calamity Jane

Sammy Fain was born on June 17, 1902 in New York City, New York, USA as Samuel Feinberg. He was married to Jane Fischer and Sally Fox. He died on December 6, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Secret Love, Calamity Jane (Music).

37. Paul Francis Webster

Soundtrack | Calamity Jane

Paul Francis Webster was born on December 20, 1907 in New York City, New York, USA. He died on March 22, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Secret Love, Calamity Jane (Lyrics).

38. Jule Styne

Soundtrack | Funny Girl

Jule Styne was born on December 31, 1905 in London, England as Julius Kerwin Stein. He was married to Margaret Ann Bissett Brown and Ethel Rubenstein. He died on September 20, 1994 in New York City, New York, USA.

Three Coins in the Fountain, Three Coins in the Fountain (Music).

39. Sammy Cahn

Soundtrack | Die Hard

Award-winning songwriter ("All the Way" [Academy Award, 1957], "Three Coins in the Fountain" [Academy Award, 1954], "Love and Marriage" [Emmy Award, 1955], "High Hopes" [Academy Award, 1959], "Call Me Irresponsible" [Academy Award, 1963]), composer, author and publisher, educated at Seward Park ...

Three Coins in the Fountain, Three Coins in the Fountain (Lyrics).

40. Sammy Fain

Soundtrack | Calamity Jane

Sammy Fain was born on June 17, 1902 in New York City, New York, USA as Samuel Feinberg. He was married to Jane Fischer and Sally Fox. He died on December 6, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (Music).

41. Paul Francis Webster

Soundtrack | Calamity Jane

Paul Francis Webster was born on December 20, 1907 in New York City, New York, USA. He died on March 22, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (Lyrics).

42. Ray Evans

Soundtrack | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Academy Award-winning songwriter ("Buttons and Bows" [1948], "Mona Lisa" [1950], "Que Sera Sera" [1956]), composer, author, musician and publisher, educated at the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career in the college dance orchestra, then played in local night clubs...

Que Sera, Sera, The Man Who Knew Too Much (Music & lyrics).

43. Jay Livingston

Soundtrack | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Jay Livingston was born March 28, 1915 in McDonald, Pennsylvania. He (along with his partner Ray Evans) composed many songs for movies such as To Each His Own (1946), Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) and Academy Award winning songs "Mona Lisa" from the movie Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1949), "Buttons and ...

Que Sera, Sera, The Man Who Knew Too Much (Music & lyrics).

44. Jimmy Van Heusen

Soundtrack | Going My Way

Jimmy Van Heusen was inarguably one of the most accomplished songwriters in history. Claiming four "Oscars" and one Emmy award among his credits he also wrote more songs (85) recorded by Frank Sinatra, his long time friend, than any other composer. He also composed the songs for another good friend...

All the Way, The Joker is Wild (Music).

45. Sammy Cahn

Soundtrack | Die Hard

Award-winning songwriter ("All the Way" [Academy Award, 1957], "Three Coins in the Fountain" [Academy Award, 1954], "Love and Marriage" [Emmy Award, 1955], "High Hopes" [Academy Award, 1959], "Call Me Irresponsible" [Academy Award, 1963]), composer, author and publisher, educated at Seward Park ...

All the Way, The Joker is Wild (Lyrics).

46. Frederick Loewe

Soundtrack | The Little Prince

Frederick Loewe was born on June 10, 1901 in Berlin, Germany as Fritz Loewe. He was married to Ernestine Zwerline. He died on February 14, 1988 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Gigi, Gigi (Music).

47. Alan Jay Lerner

Writer | An American in Paris

Playwright/lyricist Alan Jay Lerner was born into a wealthy New York City retailing family. His professional association with Frederick Loewe started in 1942 when they teamed up to write "Life of the Party". Their first Broadway success was the 1947 musical fantasy "Brigadoon." Lerner adapted work ...

Gigi, Gigi (Lyrics).

48. Jimmy Van Heusen

Soundtrack | Going My Way

Jimmy Van Heusen was inarguably one of the most accomplished songwriters in history. Claiming four "Oscars" and one Emmy award among his credits he also wrote more songs (85) recorded by Frank Sinatra, his long time friend, than any other composer. He also composed the songs for another good friend...

High Hopes, A Hole in the Head (Music).

49. Sammy Cahn

Soundtrack | Die Hard

Award-winning songwriter ("All the Way" [Academy Award, 1957], "Three Coins in the Fountain" [Academy Award, 1954], "Love and Marriage" [Emmy Award, 1955], "High Hopes" [Academy Award, 1959], "Call Me Irresponsible" [Academy Award, 1963]), composer, author and publisher, educated at Seward Park ...

High Hopes, A Hole in the Head (Lyrics).

50. Manos Hatzidakis

Composer | Pote tin Kyriaki

The names of Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis have been written with golden letters in the music history of Greece since 1960. He was born in Xanthi on 23 October 1925, in a mid-class family. When he came of age he came in the capital city of Greece of Athens. He succeeded from the beginning ...

Never on Sunday, Never on Sunday (Music & lyrics).

51. Henry Mancini

Soundtrack | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, but brought up in Pennsylvania, where he played the flute in a local band, as a youth, before sending some arrangements to Benny Goodman. Goodman offered him a job and, after serving in WWII, he joined the rearranged Glenn Miller band. In 1952, he was given a two-week ...

Moon River, Breakfast at Tiffany's (Music).

52. Johnny Mercer

Soundtrack | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Johnny Mercer started his career as singer and songwriter for Paul Whiteman. He started writing songs for Hollywood in 1935, where he also had a few small parts in musicals. Among his famous songs is the inoffical anthem of Hollywood, "Hooray For Hollywood" that he wrote for the movie "Hollywood ...

Moon River, Breakfast at Tiffany's (Lyrics).

53. Henry Mancini

Soundtrack | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, but brought up in Pennsylvania, where he played the flute in a local band, as a youth, before sending some arrangements to Benny Goodman. Goodman offered him a job and, after serving in WWII, he joined the rearranged Glenn Miller band. In 1952, he was given a two-week ...

Days of Wine and Roses, Days of Wine and Roses (Music).

54. Johnny Mercer

Soundtrack | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Johnny Mercer started his career as singer and songwriter for Paul Whiteman. He started writing songs for Hollywood in 1935, where he also had a few small parts in musicals. Among his famous songs is the inoffical anthem of Hollywood, "Hooray For Hollywood" that he wrote for the movie "Hollywood ...

Days of Wine and Roses, Days of Wine and Roses (Lyrics).

55. Jimmy Van Heusen

Soundtrack | Going My Way

Jimmy Van Heusen was inarguably one of the most accomplished songwriters in history. Claiming four "Oscars" and one Emmy award among his credits he also wrote more songs (85) recorded by Frank Sinatra, his long time friend, than any other composer. He also composed the songs for another good friend...

Call Me Irresponsible, Papa's Delicate Condition (Music).

56. Sammy Cahn

Soundtrack | Die Hard

Award-winning songwriter ("All the Way" [Academy Award, 1957], "Three Coins in the Fountain" [Academy Award, 1954], "Love and Marriage" [Emmy Award, 1955], "High Hopes" [Academy Award, 1959], "Call Me Irresponsible" [Academy Award, 1963]), composer, author and publisher, educated at Seward Park ...

Call Me Irresponsible, Papa's Delicate Condition (Lyrics).

57. The Sherman Brothers

Actor | Klassewerk

The Sherman Brothers is an actor, known for Klassewerk (1970) and Tocata (1983).

Chim Chim Cher-ee, Mary Poppins (Music & lyrics).

58. Johnny Mandel

Music_department | MASH

Johnny Mandel was born on November 23, 1925 in New York City, New York, USA as John Alfred Mandel. He is known for his work on MASH (1970), The Sandpiper (1965) and An American Dream (1966).

The Shadow of Your Smile, The Sandpiper (Music).

59. Paul Francis Webster

Soundtrack | Calamity Jane

Paul Francis Webster was born on December 20, 1907 in New York City, New York, USA. He died on March 22, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Shadow of Your Smile, The Sandpiper (Lyrics).

60. John Barry

Music_department | Dances with Wolves

John Barry was born in York, England in 1933, and was the youngest of three children. His father, Jack, owned several local cinemas and by the age of fourteen, Barry was capable of running the projection box on his own - in particular, The Rialto in York. As he was brought up in a cinematic ...

Born Free, Both Free (Music).

61. Don Black

Soundtrack | The World Is Not Enough

Don Black was born on June 21, 1938 in London, England as Gerald Blackstone. He has been married to Shirley Berg since 1958. They have two children.

Born Free, Born Free (Lyrics).

62. Leslie Bricusse

Soundtrack | Doctor Dolittle

Leslie Bricusse was born on January 29, 1931 in London, England. He has been married to Yvonne Romain since October 18, 1958. They have one child.

Talk to the Animals, Doctor Doolittle (Music & lyrics).

63. Michel Legrand

Composer | The Thomas Crown Affair

Michel Legrand is a three-time Academy Award-winning French composer, conductor and pianist who composed over 200 film and television scores as well as recorded over a hundred albums of jazz, popular and classical music.

He was born on February 24, 1932, in Becon-les-Bruyeres, in the Paris suburbs, ...

The Windmills of Your Mind, The Thomas Crowne Affair (Music).

64. Alan Bergman

Soundtrack | The Way We Were

Prolific songwriter ("Nice 'n' Easy", "Yellow Bird"), composer and author, educated at UCLA and the University of Northern Carolina (BA). During WW II, he wrote and directed Special Services shows, then directed TV shows for CBS in Philadelphia, PA from 1945-1953. He joined ASCAP in 1955 and wrote ...

The Windmills of Your Mind, The Thomas Crowne Affair (Lyrics).

65. Marilyn Bergman

Music_department | In the Heat of the Night

Prolific songwriter ("Nice 'n' Easy", "Yellow Bird"), composer and author, she has written several theme songs for television and songs for revues, night clubs, and films. Joining ASCAP in 1953, her chief musical collaborators include her husband Alan Bergman, Lew Spence, Norman Luboff, Paul Weston...

The Windmills of Your Mind, The Thomas Crowne Affair (Lyrics).

66. Burt Bacharach

Music_department | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Burt Bacharach is a well known and multi award winning singer and song writer. He has been married to Jane Hansen since 1993, and they have two children together. She is his fourth wife and he has four children. He has worked on many sound tracks including the smash hit, "Beware of the Blob" for ...

Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Music).

67. Hal David

Soundtrack | My Best Friend's Wedding

Songwriter ("Magic Moments", "Baby Elephant Walk", "What the World Needs Now is Love") and author, educated at New York University. Joining ASCAP in 1943, he collaborated musically with Burt Bacharach, Sherman Edwards, Lee Pockriss, [error], Redd Evans, Don Rodney, John Barry and Henry Mancini. His...

Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Lyrics).

68. Fred Karlin

Composer | Westworld

He had three children with his wife, Megan: son, Eric, and daughters, Wendy and Kathryn.

For All We Know, Lovers and Other Strangers (Music).

69. Jimmy Griffin

Soundtrack | Lovers and Other Strangers

Jimmy Griffin grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and was one of three collaborating songwriters (under the pseudonym Arthur James) of the Academy Award-winning song "For All We Know" which won Best Song from the movie "Lovers and Other Strangers."

Accomplished singer, songwriter and musician, he teamed ...

For All We Know, Lovers and Other Strangers (Lyrics).

For All We Know, Lovers and Other Strangers (Lyrics).

71. Isaac Hayes

Actor | Escape from New York

Isaac Hayes was the second-born child of Isaac Sr. and Eula Hayes, but was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Wade Sr. The child of a poor family, he grew up picking cotton in Covington, Tennessee. He dropped out of high school, only to be encouraged later by his former high school ...

Theme from Shaft, Shaft (Music & lyrics).

72. Joel Hirschhorn

Soundtrack | The Poseidon Adventure

Joel Hirschhorn shared two Academy Awards for theme songs in "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno," with longtime collaborator Al Kasha. During his long career Hirschhorn's songs sold more than 90 million records, and were featured in more then 20 films and were recorded by various ...

The Morning After, The Poseidon Adventure (Music & lyrics).

73. Al Kasha

Soundtrack | The Poseidon Adventure

Al Kasha has reached the top of every field that he has lent his talents to: as a writer, producer, composer, motivational speaker and executive working in theatre, film, television, home video, music publishing, and recording.

Kasha is one of those rare artists who, as a composer/lyricist, has had ...

The Morning After, The Poseidon Adventure (Music & lyrics).

74. Marvin Hamlisch

Soundtrack | The Spy Who Loved Me

Musical talent ran in Marvin Hamlisch's family - his father was an accordionist, and at seven Hamlisch was the youngest student ever accepted by Manhattan's Julliard School of Music. Hamlich furthered his education by taking night classes at Queens College and working during the day as a rehearsal ...

The Way We Were, The Way We Were (Music).

75. Alan Bergman

Soundtrack | The Way We Were

Prolific songwriter ("Nice 'n' Easy", "Yellow Bird"), composer and author, educated at UCLA and the University of Northern Carolina (BA). During WW II, he wrote and directed Special Services shows, then directed TV shows for CBS in Philadelphia, PA from 1945-1953. He joined ASCAP in 1955 and wrote ...

The Way We Were, The Way We Were (Lyrics).

76. Marilyn Bergman

Music_department | In the Heat of the Night

Prolific songwriter ("Nice 'n' Easy", "Yellow Bird"), composer and author, she has written several theme songs for television and songs for revues, night clubs, and films. Joining ASCAP in 1953, her chief musical collaborators include her husband Alan Bergman, Lew Spence, Norman Luboff, Paul Weston...

The Way We Were, The Way We Were (Lyrics).

77. Joel Hirschhorn

Soundtrack | The Poseidon Adventure

Joel Hirschhorn shared two Academy Awards for theme songs in "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno," with longtime collaborator Al Kasha. During his long career Hirschhorn's songs sold more than 90 million records, and were featured in more then 20 films and were recorded by various ...

We May Never Love Like This Again, The Towering Inferno (Music & lyrics).

78. Al Kasha

Soundtrack | The Poseidon Adventure

Al Kasha has reached the top of every field that he has lent his talents to: as a writer, producer, composer, motivational speaker and executive working in theatre, film, television, home video, music publishing, and recording.

Kasha is one of those rare artists who, as a composer/lyricist, has had ...

We May Never Love Like This Again, The Towering Inferno (Music & lyrics).

79. Keith Carradine

Actor | Nashville

It seems the second generation of acting Carradines -- David, Keith and Robert -- are proudly continuing the family tradition and begetting a third generation of talent. The dynasty began with veteran Hollywood patriarch John Carradine, the son of a surgeon and a correspondent for the Associated ...

I'm Easy, Nashville (Music & lyrics).

80. Barbra Streisand

Soundtrack | Funny Girl

Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...

Evergreen, A Star is Born (Music).

81. Paul Williams

Soundtrack | Phantom of the Paradise

Known for timeless classics such as "We've Only Just Begun", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "Evergreen", "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song" and "Rainbow Connection", Paul Williams is responsible for what will remain part of our popular culture for many years to come. His music has been recorded by some ...

Evergreen, A Star is Born (Lyrics).

82. Joseph Brooks

Soundtrack | You Light Up My Life

Joseph Brooks was born on March 11, 1938 in New York City, New York, USA. He was married to Susan Paul. He died on May 22, 2011 in Manhattan, New York City.

You Light Up My Life, You Light Up My Life (Music & lyrics).

83. Paul Jabara

Soundtrack | Thank God It's Friday

Paul Jabara was born on January 31, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Paul Frederick Jabara. He died on September 29, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Last Dance, Thank God It's Friday (Music & lyrics).

84. David Shire

Music_department | Zodiac

David Shire was born on July 3, 1937 in Buffalo, New York, USA as David Lee Shire. He is known for his work on Zodiac (2007), Short Circuit (1986) and Saturday Night Fever (1977). He has been married to Didi Conn since February 11, 1984. They have one child. He was previously married to Talia Shire.

It Goes Like It Goes, Norma Rae (Music).

85. Norman Gimbel

Soundtrack | Happy Days

Norman Gimbel was a native New Yorker who put his teaching degree from Columbia University into his safe and went downtown to pursue a career in songwriting instead. His first job in the music world was as an office boy for a music publisher in the famed Brill Building. There he met composer Larry ...

It Goes Like It Goes, Norma Rae (Lyrics).

86. Michael Gore

Composer | Pretty in Pink

Michael Gore was born on March 5, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Michael Goldstein. He is known for his work on Pretty in Pink (1986), Fame (1980) and Footloose (1984).

Fame, Fame (Music).

87. Dean Pitchford

Soundtrack | Fame

Dean Pitchford was born on July 29, 1951 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. He is known for his work on Fame (1980), Footloose (1984) and Chances Are (1989).

Fame, Fame (Lyrics).

88. Peter Allen

Soundtrack | Arthur

Peter Allen was born on February 10, 1944 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Richard Woolnough Allen. He was married to Liza Minnelli. He died on June 18, 1992 in San Diego, California, USA.

Best That You Can Do, Arthur (Music & lyrics).

89. Burt Bacharach

Music_department | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Burt Bacharach is a well known and multi award winning singer and song writer. He has been married to Jane Hansen since 1993, and they have two children together. She is his fourth wife and he has four children. He has worked on many sound tracks including the smash hit, "Beware of the Blob" for ...

Best That You Can Do, Arthur (Music & lyrics).

90. Christopher Cross

Soundtrack | Arthur

Singer/songwriter Christopher Cross was born Christopher Charles Geppert on May 3, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas. A self-described Army brat, Christopher's father was a U.S. Army pediatrician who was stationed at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. in the mid-1950's. Cross began his career in the...

Best That You Can Do, Arthur (Music & lyrics).

91. Carole Bayer Sager

Soundtrack | The Spy Who Loved Me

Carole Bayer Sager was born on March 8, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA. She has been married to Robert A. Daly since June 8, 1996. She was previously married to Burt Bacharach and Andrew Sager.

Best That You Can Do, Arthur (Music & lyrics).

92. Jack Nitzsche

Soundtrack | An Officer and a Gentleman

Jack Nitzsche was born on April 22, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Bernard Alfred Nitzsche. He was married to Buffy Sainte-Marie and Gracia Ann May. He died on August 25, 2000 in Hollywood, California, USA.

Up Where We Belong, An Officer and a Gentleman (Music).

93. Buffy Sainte-Marie

Soundtrack | An Officer and a Gentleman

Buffy Sainte-Marie was born on February 20, 1941 in Piapot Reserve, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was previously married to Jack Nitzsche.

Up Where We Belong, An Officer and a Gentleman (Music).

94. Will Jennings

Soundtrack | Titanic

Will Jennings was born on June 27, 1944 in Kilgore, Texas, USA.

Up Where We Belong, An Officer and a Gentleman (Lyrics).

95. Giorgio Moroder

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Giorgio Moroder was born on April 26, 1940 in Urtijëi, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy as Hansjörg Moroder.

Flashdance...What a Feeling, Flashdance (Music).

96. Irene Cara

Actress | Fame

Ms. Cara is one of a select group of talented performers who have successfully made the transition from Theater to Television, then to Records, and then to Feature films. She is a veteran artist whose career began in childhood and has span over two decades. Honored by the entertainment industry, ...

Flashdance...What a Feeling, Flashdance (Lyrics).

97. Keith Forsey

Soundtrack | Flashdance

Keith Forsey was born on January 22, 1948 in London, England.

Flashdance...What a Feeling, Flashdance (Lyrics).

98. Stevie Wonder

Soundtrack | Wild Wild West

Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan, United States, to Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway. Due to being born six weeks premature, Stevie Wonder was born with a condition called retinopathy of prematurity, which made him blind. Stevie Wonder, even with this disability, made his ...

I Just Called to Say I Love You, The Woman in Red (Music & lyrics).

99. Lionel Richie

Soundtrack | The Color Purple

Lionel Richie was born on June 20, 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama, USA as Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. He was previously married to Diana Alexander Richie and Brenda Harvey-Richie.

Say You, Say Me, White Nights (Music & lyrics).

100. Giorgio Moroder

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Giorgio Moroder was born on April 26, 1940 in Urtijëi, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy as Hansjörg Moroder.

Take My Breath Away, Top Gun (Music).



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