The Info List - Alan And Marilyn Bergman

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Alan Bergman (born September 11, 1925) and Marilyn Bergman (née Keith), born November 10, 1929) are American lyricists and songwriters. The pair have been married since 1958 and have written the music and lyrics for numerous celebrated television shows, films, and stage musicals. The Bergmans have won three Academy Awards for Best Original Song and have been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


1 Biography and career 2 Awards and honors 3 Notable lyrics 4 References 5 External links

Biography and career[edit] Alan Bergman was born to Jewish parents in Brooklyn, New York, in 1925,[1] and studied at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his master's degree in music at UCLA. Marilyn Bergman was born in 1929, coincidentally at the same Brooklyn hospital where Alan had been born four years earlier, and studied music at The High School of Music & Art in New York before studying psychology and English at New York University.[2] Alan worked as a television director and songwriter at Philadelphia's WCAU-TV in the early 1950s. Johnny Mercer encouraged Alan to move to Los Angeles and become a professional songwriter.[3][4] Despite the geographical proximity of their upbringing in New York, the Bergmans did not meet until they had both moved to Los Angeles in the late 1950s. Marilyn had moved to California and was friends with songwriter Bob Russell and his wife, Anna, and later described "drif[ing] into songwriting really by accident because I had a fall and broke my shoulder and couldn't play piano so I started writing lyrics". Marilyn also felt that she lacked the discipline or talent required to become a concert pianist. The Bergmans had both become collaborators with composer Lew Spence, and only met when Spence suggested they all work together. The Bergmans married in 1958, and have a daughter, Julie Bergman Sender, who works as an independent film producer.[3][5] With Spence the Bergmans wrote the lyrics for the title tracks for Dean Martin's 1958 album Sleep Warm and Frank Sinatra's 1960 album Nice 'n' Easy.[6][7] In 1961 the Bergmans wrote their first title song for a motion picture, for The Right Approach, composed by Spence. In 1964 the Bergmans wrote lyrics to their first Broadway musical, Something More!, to music by Sammy Fain.[8] The Bergmans wrote lyrics for "In the Heat of the Night" with music by Quincy Jones for the 1967 film of the same name, which has been described as their "breakthrough".[9] The couple would later work with Jones on Michael Jackson's soundtrack album for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), for which they wrote the lyrics for "Someone In the Dark", and the 2007 Ennio Morricone tribute album We All Love Ennio Morricone for which they wrote lyrics to "I Knew I Loved You", which was sung by Celine Dion.[10] The Bergmans' long relationship with the French composer Michel Legrand began in the late 1960s. The couple wrote English lyrics for Legrand's song "The Windmills of Your Mind" featured in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), which won them their first Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 41st Academy Awards in 1969. The Bergmans and Legrand were subsequently nominated for the Best Original Song award in the following two years for "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" from The Happy Ending (1969) and "Pieces of Dreams" from the 1970 film of the same name. The couple's minor work with Legrand in this period included "Listen to the Sea" from Ice Station Zebra (1968) and "Nobody Knows" and "Sweet Gingerbread Man" from The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970).[11] Legrand would also feature eight of the Bergman's lyrics on his 1972 album with Sarah Vaughan.[12] In 1983 at the 55th Academy Awards, the Bergmans' work on "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" composed by Legrand for the film Best Friends would be nominated for the Best Original Song award. The 55th Academy Awards was also significant as the Bergmans became the first songwriters ever to have written three of the five nominations for the Academy Award for Best Song, being nominated for "It Might Be You" from Tootsie (composed by Dave Grusin), and "If We Were in Love" from Yes, Giorgio (composed by John Williams), in addition to "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?". At the subsequent Academy Awards, their work with Legrand on the 1983 film Yentl won them the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score, with the songs "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" and "The Way He Makes Me Feel" from the film also being nominated for the Best Original Song award. The Bergmans were also co-writers of "An American Reunion", the opening ceremony of the inaugural festivities at Washington D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial that marked Bill Clinton's first term as President of the United States in January 1993.[3] In the late 1990s the Bergmans received their most recent nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, for "Moonlight" (composed by John Williams) for the 1995 film Sabrina, and "Love Is Where You Are" (music by Mark Isham) for the 1999 film At First Sight. 1999 was the same year that the Bergmans received their most recent Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for "A Time to Dream"" (music by Hamisch) for the AFI's AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies Special. The Kennedy Center commissioned the Bergmans to write a song cycle in 2001, they chose to collaborate with the composer Cy Coleman. The resulting work, Portraits in Jazz: A Gallery of Songs was performed on May 17, 2002.[5] The Bergmans wrote the lyrics to Billy Goldenberg's television musical Queen of the Stardust Ballroom which won the couple their third Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Achievement in Special Musical Material, it was later the couple's second Broadway show, Ballroom, which opened in 1978.[13] In 2007 Alan Bergman released his first album as a vocalist, Lyrically, Alan Bergman, featuring lyrics written by him and his wife and arranged by Alan Broadbent and Jeremy Lubbock.[14] Reviewing the album for Allmusic, John Bush praised Bergman's "excellent interpretive skills" and Christopher Loundon in the JazzTimes described Bergman's voice as a "...revelation, suggesting both the wise, elder Sinatra and the astutely mellow Fred Astaire, with a touch of the offbeat dreaminess of Chet Baker."[15] The Bergmans have had a long professional relationship with the singer and actress Barbra Streisand. In addition to their work on the films Yentl and The Way We Were, in which Streisand starred, the Bergmans wrote Streisand's "One Voice" concert which was released as a live album in 1987. Marilyn also served as the executive producer of the "One Voice" concert. The Bergmans' song "Ordinary Miracles" from Streisand's 1994 concert tour and HBO special won the couple their third Emmy Award, with the couple's script for the tour also being nominated for a CableACE Award. The Bergmans received their fifth Emmy nomination for the song "On the Way to Becoming Me" (music by Marvin Hamlisch) from the AFI tribute to Streisand.[2] The Bergmans have also served as board members of Streisand's charitable foundation.[16] Streisand's 2011 album What Matters Most was recorded in tribute to the Bergmans, and featured ten songs by the couple that she had not previously recorded.[17] Most recently, The Bergman's collaborated with playwright Josh Ravetch in 2017 on Chasing Mem'ries: A Different Kind of Musical. The play opened to rave reviews as a world premiere at The Geffen Playhouse and was the recipient of the Edgerton New Play Award. The play starred Tyne Daly, Robert Forster and Scott Kradolfer. In the play, there were both classic Bergman songs and new songs written for the play that married in seamlessly with Ravetch's text. The songs became the inner-monologues of the characters in an unusual and touching way. It was one of the best received plays in the history of The Geffen Playhouse. Awards and honors[edit] The Bergmans have been the recipients of numerous academic honors and lifetime achievement awards. The couple were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980 and subsequently received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Hall of Fame in 1997.[3] The Bergmans were awarded honorary doctorates by the Berklee College of Music in 1995, they also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Songwriters that year. In 1996 the couple were the recipients of the inaugural Fiorello Lifetime Achievement Award from New York City's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. The Bergmans were later inducted into the LaGuardia High School's Hall of Fame.[5][18] In 1986 Marilyn was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.[19] Marilyn was later appointed an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture in 1996.[20] In 1998 Marilyn received an Honorary doctorate from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and in 2011 Alan was presented with a Distinguished Alumnus award from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina. The Bergmans were the recipients of the National Music Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, Marilyn was also the recipient of the Creative Arts Award from the Kaufman Cultural Center that same year.[3] The Bergmans have held several executive positions in organizations connected with the arts. Marilyn served as the president and chairman of the board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for fifteen years, from 1994 to 2009. Bergman was elected president and chairman after having served five terms as the since 1984 as the first woman ever to serve on ASCAP's board of directors. Marilyn completed her term as president in April 2009 and has since continued to serve on the board of ASCAP.[2] Marilyn also served two terms as president of CISAC, The International Confederation of Performing Rights Societies. Alan has served on the boards of directors of The Johnny Mercer Foundation, The Artists' Rights Foundation and The Jazz Bakery.[2] The Bergmans have also served on the executive committee of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and have been board members of the National Academy of Songwriters.[3] Marilyn also served as the president of the National Recording Preservation Board.[21] Notable lyrics[edit] The Bergman's notable lyrics and compositions include:

"Sleep Warm" (music by Lew Spence) for Dean Martin's 1958 album Sleep Warm "Yellow Bird" written for Norman Luboff's arrangement of the creole song "Choucoune" "Nice 'n' Easy" (music by Lew Spence) for Frank Sinatra's 1960 album Nice 'n' Easy "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (music by Neil Diamond), originally written for the All That Glitters but unused, was expanded by Diamond and released on his 1977 album I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight. Streisand later recorded it in duet with Diamond after the release of her solo version, from her 1978 album Songbird "Someone In the Dark" (music by Rod Temperton) for Michael Jackson's soundtrack album for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) "The Playground" (music by Bill Evans) for Tony Bennett's album The Playground (1998) "I Knew I Loved You" (music by Ennio Morricone) recorded by Céline Dion for the Morricone tribute album We All Love Ennio Morricone (2007)


Something More! (1964, composed by Sammy Fain) Ballroom (1978, composed by Billy Goldenberg)


"The Right Approach" (music by Lew Spence) – The Right Approach (1961) "In the Heat of the Night" and "Foul Owl on the Prowl" (music by Quincy Jones) – In the Heat of the Night (1967) English lyrics for "The Windmills of Your Mind" (music by Michel Legrand) – The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" (music by Michel Legrand) – The Happy Ending (1969) "Pieces of Dreams" (music by Michel Legrand) – Pieces of Dreams (1970) "Listen to the Sea" (music by Michel Legrand) – Ice Station Zebra (1968)[11] "Nobody Knows" and "Sweet Gingerbread Man" (music by Michel Legrand) – The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970) "All His Children" (music by Henry Mancini) – Sometimes a Great Notion (1971) "Marmalade, Molasses & Honey" (music by Maurice Jarre) – The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" (music by Johnny Mandel) – Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973) "The Way We Were" (music by Marvin Hamlisch) – The Way We Were (1973) "Sybil" (music by Leonard Rosenman) – Sybil (1976) "The Last Time I Felt Like This" (music by Marvin Hamlisch) – Same Time, Next Year (1978) "I'll Never Say Goodbye" (music by David Shire) – The Promise (1979) "It Might Be You" (music by Dave Grusin) – Tootsie (1982) "If We Were In Love" (music by John Williams) – Yes, Giorgio (1982) "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (music by Michel Legrand) – Best Friends (1982) Lyrics for Michel Legrand's score for Yentl (1983) "Never Say Never Again" – (music by Michel Legrand) − Never Say Never Again (1983) "The Girl Who Used to Be Me" (music by Marvin Hamlisch) – Shirley Valentine (1989) "Moonlight" (music by John Williams) – Sabrina (1995) "Love Is Where You Are" (music by Mark Isham) – At First Sight (1999)


With Dave Grusin the Bergmans wrote the theme songs for the television series The Sandy Duncan Show (1972), Maude ("And Then There's Maude", 1972) and Good Times (1974). The Bergmans wrote "Worlds" for the series Bracken's World (1969),[22] and wrote the theme for Alice ("There's a New Girl In Town", 1976), with David Shire.[23] Lyrics for Billy Goldenberg's score for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975) "Ordinary Miracles" for Barbra Streisand's HBO special Barbra Streisand: The Concert (1994) "A Ticket to Dream" (music by Marvin Hamlisch) for the AFI 100 Years 100 Movies Special (1999)


^ Nathan, John (August 18, 2011). "Happily married, and in a relationship with Streisand". www.thejc.com. Retrieved 2016-08-23.  ^ a b c d "Alan and Marilyn Bergman biography". Alan and Marilyn Bergman biography. Alan and Marilyn Bergman.  ^ a b c d e f "Songwriters Hall of Fame - Johnny Mercer Award". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 6 November 2015.  ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Alan Bergman". vervemusic.com. allmusic.com.  ^ a b c Vernell Hackett (September 1, 2002). "Marilyn Bergman: 'Drifted' Into Songwriting". American Songwriter. Retrieved 4 November 2015.  ^ William J. Mann (9 October 2012). Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 0-547-90586-6.  ^ Will Friedwald (1995). Sinatra! the Song is You: A Singer's Art. Simon and Schuster. pp. 256–. ISBN 978-0-684-19368-7.  ^ "Something More!". Internet Broadway Database - Something More!. Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 11 November 2015.  ^ "Alan and Marilyn Bergman". Allmusic biography. Allmusic.  ^ All Love Ennio Morricone Alan and Marilyn Bergman at AllMusic ^ a b Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (13 July 1968). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 74–. ISSN 0006-2510.  ^ Sarah Vaughan with Michel Legrand at AllMusic ^ "Ballroom!". Internet Broadway Database - Ballroom. Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 11 November 2015.  ^ Lyrically, Alan Bergman at AllMusic ^ Christopher Loundon (October 2007). "Jazz Albums: Lyrically, Alan Bergman". Jazz Times. Retrieved 4 November 2015.  ^ Tom Santopietro (1 April 2007). The Importance of Being Barbra: The Brilliant, Tumultuous Career of Barbra Streisand. St. Martin's Press. pp. 176–. ISBN 978-1-4299-0853-5.  ^ What Matters Most at AllMusic ^ "30th Anniversary Gala". LaGuardia High School - 30th Anniversary Gala. LaGuardia High School.  ^ "Past Recipients". Women in Film. Retrieved November 25, 2011. [permanent dead link] ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (26 October 1996). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510.  ^ "Marilyn Bergman biography". ASCAP - Marilyn Bergman biography. ASCAP.  ^ Vincent Terrace (1 January 1981). Television: 1970-1980. A.S. Barnes. ISBN 978-0-498-02539-6.  ^ Vincent Terrace (1985). Encyclopedia of Television Series, Pilots and Specials. VNR AG. pp. 10–. ISBN 978-0-918432-61-2. 

External links[edit]

Official website Interview with Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman with Fresh Air's Terry Gross (8/21/07) A Conversation with Alan Bergman by Christopher Loudon for JazzTimes (probably in 2010). Retrieved June 29, 2013 Alan Bergman on IMDb Marilyn Bergman on IMDb Alan Bergman Interview NAMM Oral History Library (2013) Marilyn Bergman Interview NAMM Oral History Library (2013)

Awards for Alan and Marilyn

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Academy Award for Best Original Score


Louis Silvers (1934) Max Steiner (1935) Leo F. Forbstein (1936) Charles Previn (1937) Erich Wolfgang Korngold/Alfred Newman (1938) Herbert Stothart/Richard Hageman, W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Leo Shuken (1939)


Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned Washington/Alfred Newman (1940) Bernard Herrmann/Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace (1941) Max Steiner/Ray Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld (1942) Alfred Newman/Ray Heindorf (1943) Max Steiner/Morris Stoloff and Carmen Dragon (1944) Miklós Rózsa/Georgie Stoll (1945) Hugo Friedhofer/Morris Stoloff (1946) Miklós Rózsa/Alfred Newman (1947) Brian Easdale/Johnny Green and Roger Edens (1948) Aaron Copland/Roger Edens and Lennie Hayton (1949)


Franz Waxman/Adolph Deutsch and Roger Edens (1950) Franz Waxman/Johnny Green and Saul Chaplin (1951) Dimitri Tiomkin/Alfred Newman (1952) Bronisław Kaper/Alfred Newman (1953) Dimitri Tiomkin/Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin (1954) Alfred Newman/Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton and Adolph Deutsch (1955) Victor Young/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1956) Malcolm Arnold (1957) Dimitri Tiomkin/Andre Previn (1958) Miklós Rózsa/Andre Previn and Ken Darby (1959)


Ernest Gold/Morris Stoloff and Harry Sukman (1960) Henry Mancini/Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal (1961) Maurice Jarre/Ray Heindorf (1962) John Addison/Andre Previn (1963) Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman/Andre Previn (1964) Maurice Jarre/Irwin Kostal (1965) John Barry/Ken Thorne (1966) Elmer Bernstein/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1967) John Barry/Johnny Green (1968) Burt Bacharach/Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman (1969)


Francis Lai/The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) (1970) Michel Legrand/John Williams (1971) Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell/Ralph Burns (1972) Marvin Hamlisch/Marvin Hamlisch (1973) Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola/Nelson Riddle (1974) John Williams/Leonard Rosenman (1975) Jerry Goldsmith/Leonard Rosenman (1976) John Williams/Jonathan Tunick (1977) Giorgio Moroder/Joe Renzetti (1978) Georges Delerue/Ralph Burns (1979)


Michael Gore (1980) Vangelis (1981) John Williams/Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse (1982) Bill Conti/Michel Legrand, Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1983) Maurice Jarre/Prince (1984) John Barry (1985) Herbie Hancock (1986) Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su (1987) Dave Grusin (1988) Alan Menken (1989)


John Barry (1990) Alan Menken (1991) Alan Menken (1992) John Williams (1993) Hans Zimmer (1994) Luis Enríquez Bacalov/Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz (1995) Gabriel Yared/Rachel Portman (1996) James Horner/Anne Dudley (1997) Nicola Piovani/Stephen Warbeck (1998) John Corigliano (1999)


Tan Dun (2000) Howard Shore (2001) Elliot Goldenthal (2002) Howard Shore (2003) Jan A. P. Kaczmarek (2004) Gustavo Santaolalla (2005) Gustavo Santaolalla (2006) Dario Marianelli (2007) A. R. Rahman (2008) Michael Giacchino (2009)


Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (2010) Ludovic Bource (2011) Mychael Danna (2012) Steven Price (2013) Alexandre Desplat (2014) Ennio Morricone (2015) Justin Hurwitz (2016) Alexandre Desplat (2017)

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Academy Award for Best Original Song


"The Continental"

Music: Con Conrad Lyrics: Herb Magidson (1934)

"Lullaby of Broadway"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Al Dubin (1935)

"The Way You Look Tonight"

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Dorothy Fields (1936)

"Sweet Leilani"

Music and lyrics: Harry Owens (1937)

"Thanks for the Memory"

Music: Ralph Rainger Lyrics: Leo Robin (1938)

"Over the Rainbow"

Music: Harold Arlen Lyrics: E. Y. Harburg (1939)

"When You Wish Upon a Star"

Music: Leigh Harline Lyrics: Ned Washington (1940)


"The Last Time I Saw Paris"

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II (1941)

"White Christmas"

Music and lyrics: Irving Berlin (1942)

"You'll Never Know"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Mack Gordon (1943)

"Swinging on a Star"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Johnny Burke (1944)

"It Might as Well Be Spring"

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II (1945)

"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Johnny Mercer (1946)


Music: Allie Wrubel Lyrics: Ray Gilbert (1947)

"Buttons and Bows"

Music: Jay Livingston Lyrics: Ray Evans (1948)

"Baby, It's Cold Outside"

Music and lyrics: Frank Loesser (1949)

"Mona Lisa"

Music and lyrics: Ray Evans and Jay Livingston (1950)


"In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"

Music: Hoagy Carmichael Lyrics: Johnny Mercer (1951)

"High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')"

Music: Dimitri Tiomkin Lyrics: Ned Washington (1952)

"Secret Love"

Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1953)

"Three Coins in the Fountain"

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Sammy Cahn (1954)

"Love Is a Many Splendored Thing"

Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1955)

"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)"

Music and lyrics: Jay Livingston and Ray Evans (1956)

"All the Way"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn (1957)


Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner (1958)

"High Hopes"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn (1959)

"Never on Sunday"

Music and lyrics: Manos Hatzidakis (1960)


"Moon River"

Music: Henry Mancini Lyrics: Johnny Mercer (1961)

"Days of Wine and Roses"

Music: Henry Mancini Lyrics: Johnny Mercer (1962)

"Call Me Irresponsible"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn (1963)

"Chim Chim Cher-ee"

Music and lyrics: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (1964)

"The Shadow of Your Smile"

Music: Johnny Mandel Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1965)

"Born Free"

Music: John Barry Lyrics: Don Black (1966)

"Talk to the Animals"

Music and lyrics: Leslie Bricusse (1967)

"The Windmills of Your Mind"

Music: Michel Legrand Lyrics: Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1968)

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"

Music: Burt Bacharach Lyrics: Hal David (1969)

"For All We Know"

Music: Fred Karlin Lyrics: Robb Royer and Jimmy Griffin (1970)


"Theme from Shaft"

Music and lyrics: Isaac Hayes (1971)

"The Morning After"

Music and lyrics: Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (1972)

"The Way We Were"

Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics: Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1973)

"We May Never Love Like This Again"

Music and lyrics: Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (1974)

"I'm Easy"

Music and lyrics: Keith Carradine (1975)

"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"

Music: Barbra Streisand Lyrics: Paul Williams (1976)

"You Light Up My Life"

Music and lyrics: Joseph Brooks (1977)

"Last Dance"

Music and lyrics: Paul Jabara (1978)

"It Goes Like It Goes"

Music: David Shire Lyrics: Norman Gimbel (1979)


Music: Michael Gore Lyrics: Dean Pitchford (1980)


"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"

Music and lyrics: Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen (1981)

"Up Where We Belong"

Music: Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte-Marie Lyrics: Will Jennings (1982)

"Flashdance... What a Feeling"

Music: Giorgio Moroder Lyrics: Keith Forsey and Irene Cara (1983)

"I Just Called to Say I Love You"

Music and lyrics: Stevie Wonder (1984)

"Say You, Say Me"

Music and lyrics: Lionel Richie (1985)

"Take My Breath Away"

Music: Giorgio Moroder Lyrics: Tom Whitlock (1986)

"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"

Music: Franke Previte, John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz Lyrics: Franke Previte (1987)

"Let the River Run"

Music and lyrics: Carly Simon (1988)

"Under the Sea"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman (1989)

"Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)"

Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim (1990)


"Beauty and the Beast"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman (1991)

"A Whole New World"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Tim Rice (1992)

"Streets of Philadelphia"

Music and lyrics: Bruce Springsteen (1993)

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"

Music: Elton John Lyrics: Tim Rice (1994)

"Colors of the Wind"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz (1995)

"You Must Love Me"

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice (1996)

"My Heart Will Go On"

Music: James Horner Lyrics: Will Jennings (1997)

"When You Believe"

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz (1998)

"You'll Be in My Heart"

Music and lyrics: Phil Collins (1999)

"Things Have Changed"

Music and lyrics: Bob Dylan (2000)


"If I Didn't Have You (Disney song)"

Music and lyrics: Randy Newman (2001)

"Lose Yourself"

Music: Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto Lyrics: Eminem (2002)

"Into the West"

Music and lyrics: Fran Walsh, Howard Shore and Annie Lennox (2003)

"Al otro lado del río"

Music and lyrics: Jorge Drexler (2004)

"It's Hard out Here for a Pimp"

Music and lyrics: Juicy J, Frayser Boy and DJ Paul (2005)

"I Need to Wake Up"

Music and lyrics: Melissa Etheridge (2006)

"Falling Slowly"

Music and lyrics: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (2007)

"Jai Ho"

Music: A. R. Rahman Lyrics: Gulzar (2008)

"The Weary Kind"

Music and lyrics: Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett (2009)

"We Belong Together"

Music and lyrics: Randy Newman (2010)


"Man or Muppet"

Music and lyrics: Bret McKenzie (2011)


Music and lyrics: Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth (2012)

"Let It Go"

Music and lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (2013)


Music and lyrics: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn (2014)

"Writing's on the Wall"

Music and lyrics: James Napier and Sam Smith (2015)

"City of Stars"

Music: Justin Hurwitz Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2016)

"Remember Me"

Music and lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (2017)

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Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song


"Town Without Pity" Lyrics by Ned Washington, Music by Dimitri Tiomkin (1961) "Circus World" Lyrics by Ned Washington, Music by Dimitri Tiomkin (1964) "Forget Domani" Lyrics by Norman Newell, Music by Riz Ortolani (1965) "Strangers in the Night" Lyrics by Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder, Music by Bert Kaempfert (1966) "If Ever I Would Leave You" Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe (1967) "The Windmills of Your Mind" Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Music by Michel Legrand (1968) "Jean" Music & Lyrics by Rod McKuen (1969)


"Whistling Away the Dark" Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Henry Mancini (1970) "Life Is What You Make It" Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Marvin Hamlisch (1971) "Ben" Lyrics by Don Black, Music by Walter Scharf (1972) "The Way We Were" Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Music by Marvin Hamlisch (1973) "I Feel Love" Lyrics by Betty Box, Music by Euel Box (1974) "I'm Easy" Music & Lyrics by Keith Carradine (1975) "Evergreen" Lyrics by Paul Williams, Music by Barbra Streisand (1976) "You Light Up My Life" Music & Lyrics by Joseph Brooks (1977) "Last Dance" Music & Lyrics by Paul Jabara (1978) "The Rose" Music & Lyrics by Amanda McBroom (1979)


"Fame" Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Music by Michael Gore (1980) "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Music & Lyrics by Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, Christopher Cross, & Carole Bayer Sager (1981) "Up Where We Belong" Lyrics by Wilbur Jennings, Music by Jack Nitzsche & Buffy Sainte-Marie (1982) "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Lyrics by Irene Cara, Keith Forsey, Music by Giorgio Moroder (1983) "I Just Called to Say I Love You" Music & Lyrics by Stevie Wonder (1984) "Say You, Say Me" Music & Lyrics by Lionel Richie (1985) "Take My Breath Away" Lyrics by Tom Whitlock, Music by Giorgio Moroder (1986) "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Lyrics by Franke Previte, Music by John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz (1987) "Let the River Run" Music & Lyrics by Carly Simon/"Two Hearts" Lyrics by Phil Collins, Music by Lamont Dozier (1988) "Under the Sea" Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken (1989)


"Blaze of Glory" Music & Lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi (1990) "Beauty and the Beast" Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken (1991) "A Whole New World" Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Alan Menken (1992) "Streets of Philadelphia" Music & Lyrics by Bruce Springsteen (1993) "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Elton John (1994) "Colors of the Wind" Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Music by Alan Menken (1995) "You Must Love Me" Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (1996) "My Heart Will Go On" Lyrics by Wilbur Jennings, Music by James Horner (1997) "The Prayer" Music & Lyrics by David Foster, Tony Renis, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa (1998) "You'll Be in My Heart" Music & Lyrics by Phil Collins (1999)


"Things Have Changed" Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan (2000) "Until..." Music and lyrics by Sting (2001) "The Hands That Built America" Music and lyrics by Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge & Larry Mullen Jr. (2002) "Into the West" Music and lyrics by Annie Lennox, Howard Shore & Frances Walsh (2003) "Old Habits Die Hard" Music and lyrics by Mick Jagger & David A. Stewart (2004) "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" Lyrics by Bernie Taupin, Music by Gustavo Santaolalla (2005) "The Song of the Heart" Music and lyrics by Prince Rogers Nelson (2006) "Guaranteed" Music and lyrics by Eddie Vedder (2007) "The Wrestler" Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen (2008) "The Weary Kind" Music and lyrics by Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett (2009)


"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" Music & Lyrics by Diane Warren (2010) "Masterpiece" Music & Lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry (2011) "Skyfall" by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth (2012) "Ordinary Love" by U2 and Danger Mouse (2013) "Glory" by Common and John Legend (2014) "Writing's on the Wall" by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes (2015) "City of Stars" by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2016) "This Is Me" by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2017)

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"Volare" – Domenico Modugno (songwriter) (1959) "The Battle of New Orleans" – Jimmy Driftwood (songwriter) (1960) "Theme from Exodus" – Ernest Gold (songwriter) (1961) "Moon River" – Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini (songwriters) (1962) "What Kind of Fool Am I?" – Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley (songwriters) (1963) "Days of Wine and Roses" – Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini (songwriters) (1964) "Hello, Dolly!" – Jerry Herman (songwriter) (1965) "The Shadow of Your Smile" – Paul Francis Webster & Johnny Mandel (songwriters) (1966) "Michelle" – John Lennon & Paul McCartney (songwriters) (1967) "Up, Up, and Away" – Jimmy Webb (songwriter) (1968) "Little Green Apples" – Bobby Russell (songwriter) (1969) "Games People Play" – Joe South (songwriter) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" – Paul Simon (songwriter) (1971) "You've Got a Friend" – Carole King (songwriter) (1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – Ewan MacColl (songwriter) (1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" – Norman Gimbel & Charles Fox (songwriters) (1974) "The Way We Were" – Alan and Marilyn Bergman & Marvin Hamlisch (songwriters) (1975) "Send in the Clowns" – Stephen Sondheim (songwriter) (1976) "I Write the Songs" – Bruce Johnston (songwriter) (1977) "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" – Barbra Streisand & Paul Williams (songwriters) / "You Light Up My Life" – Joe Brooks (songwriter) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" – Billy Joel (songwriter) (1979) "What a Fool Believes" – Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald (songwriters) (1980)


"Sailing" – Christopher Cross (songwriter) (1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" – Donna Weiss & Jackie DeShannon (songwriters) (1982) "Always on My Mind" – Johnny Christopher, Mark James & Wayne Carson (songwriters) (1983) "Every Breath You Take" – Sting (songwriter) (1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" – Graham Lyle & Terry Britten (songwriters) (1985) "We Are the World" – Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie (songwriters) (1986) "That's What Friends Are For" – Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager (songwriters) (1987) "Somewhere Out There" – James Horner, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (songwriters) (1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" – Bobby McFerrin (songwriter) (1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" – Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar (songwriters) (1990) "From a Distance" – Julie Gold (songwriter) (1991) "Unforgettable" – Irving Gordon (songwriter) (1992) "Tears in Heaven" – Eric Clapton & Will Jennings (songwriters) (1993) "A Whole New World" – Alan Menken & Tim Rice (songwriters) (1994) "Streets of Philadelphia" – Bruce Springsteen (songwriter) (1995) "Kiss from a Rose" – Seal (songwriter) (1996) "Change the World" – Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick & Tommy Sims (songwriters) (1997) "Sunny Came Home" – Shawn Colvin & John Leventhal (songwriters) (1998) "My Heart Will Go On" – James Horner & Will Jennings (songwriters) (1999) "Smooth" – Itaal Shur & Rob Thomas (songwriters) (2000)


"Beautiful Day" – Adam Clayton, David Evans, Laurence Mullen & Paul Hewson (songwriters) (2001) "Fallin'" – Alicia Keys (songwriter) (2002) "Don't Know Why" – Jesse Harris (songwriter) (2003) "Dance with My Father" – Richard Marx & Luther Vandross (songwriters) (2004) "Daughters" – John Mayer (songwriter) (2005) "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" – Adam Clayton, David Evans, Laurence Mullen & Paul Hewson (songwriters) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" – Emily Burns Erwin, Martha Maguire, Natalie Maines Pasdar & Dan Wilson (songwriters) (2007) "Rehab" – Amy Winehouse (songwriter) (2008) "Viva la Vida" – Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion & Christopher Martin (songwriters) (2009) "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" – Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart (songwriters) (2010) "Need You Now" – Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott (songwriters) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" – Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth (songwriters) (2012) "We Are Young" – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess (songwriters) (2013) "Royals" – Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor (songwriters) (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) – James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith (songwriters) (2015) "Thinking Out Loud" – Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge (songwriters) (2016) "Hello" – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin (songwriters) (2017) "That's What I Like" – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip (s