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Bernard Alfred "Jack" Nitzsche (22 April 1937 – 25 August 2000) was an American musician, arranger, songwriter, record producer and film score composer. He first came to prominence in the late 1950s as the right-hand-man of producer Phil Spector
Phil Spector
and went on to work with the Rolling Stones and Neil Young, among others. He also worked extensively in film scores, notably for films such as Performance, The Exorcist and One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. In 1983, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for co-writing "Up Where We Belong".

Contents

1 Life and career 2 Personal life

2.1 The Nitzsche-phone

3 Discography 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Life and career[edit] Born in Chicago, Illinois, to German immigrant parents and raised on a farm in Newaygo, Michigan, Nitzsche moved to Los Angeles, California in 1955 with ambitions of becoming a jazz saxophonist. He found work copying musical scores, where he met Sonny Bono, with whom he wrote the song "Needles and Pins" for Jackie DeShannon, later covered by the Searchers and many others. His own instrumental composition "The Lonely Surfer" entered Cash Box August 3, 1963 and became a minor hit (#37 Cash Box),[1] as did a big-band swing arrangement of Link Wray's "Rumble". He eventually became arranger and conductor for producer Phil Spector and orchestrated the ambitious Wall of Sound
Wall of Sound
for the song "River Deep, Mountain High"[2] by Ike and Tina Turner. Besides Spector, Nitzsche worked closely with West Coast session musicians such as Leon Russell, Roy Caton, Glen Campbell, Carol Kaye
Carol Kaye
and Hal Blaine
Hal Blaine
in a group informally known as The Wrecking Crew. They created backing music for numerous sixties pop recordings by various artists such as the Beach Boys and the Monkees. Nitzsche also arranged the title song of Doris Day's Move Over, Darling
Move Over, Darling
that was a successful single on the pop charts of the time.[3] Nitzsche also was the producer and arranger for two of Bob Lind's albums: Don't Be Concerned and Photographs of Feeling; a compilation disc entitled Elusive Butterfly: The Complete 1966 Jack Nitzsche Sessions, issued in 2007, contains the material on these two albums. While organizing the music for The T.A.M.I. Show
The T.A.M.I. Show
television special in 1964, he met the Rolling Stones and went on to contribute the keyboard textures to their albums The Rolling Stones, Now!
The Rolling Stones, Now!
(The Rolling Stones No. 2 in the UK), Out of Our Heads, Aftermath and Between the Buttons, as well as the hit singles "Paint It, Black" and "Let's Spend the Night Together" and the choral arrangements for "You Can't Always Get What You Want".[2] In 1968, Nitzsche introduced the band to slide guitarist Ry Cooder, a seminal influence on the band's 1969-1973 style. Some of Nitzsche's most enduring rock productions were conducted in collaboration with Neil Young,[2] beginning with his production and arrangement of Buffalo Springfield's "Expecting to Fly", considered by many critics[who?] to be a touchstone of the psychedelic era. In 1968, Nitzsche and Cooder co-produced Young's eponymous solo debut with David Briggs. Even as the singer's style veered from the baroque to rootsy hard rock, Young recruited Nitzsche for The Stray Gators, the band of session luminaries that backed Young on the epochal Harvest (1972) and Time Fades Away
Time Fades Away
(1973). Nitzsche also played electric piano with Crazy Horse throughout 1970; a representative performance can be heard on the Live at the Fillmore East archival release. Despite frequent clashes with the rhythm section of Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina, Nitzsche remained with the group after Young severed ties with the group in 1970. Nitzsche produced the band's 1971 self-titled debut album and served as lead vocalist on the honky-tonk number "Crow Jane Lady." He left Crazy Horse following the album's commercial failure. While remaining prolific throughout the 1970s, he began to suffer from depression and problems connected with substance abuse. His relationship with Young began to deteriorate during the 1973 support tour for Harvest that yielded Time Fades Away. During the tour rehearsals, drummer Kenneth Buttrey demanded a salary of $100,000 (roughly $571,000 in 2017) to compensate for lost session work, leading Nitzsche (with support from bassist Tim Drummond) to prevail upon the singer to extend this salary to the other band members. Although Young reluctantly acquiesced, Nitzsche would later reflect that "Neil got so pissed off ... I don't think things ever recovered after that."[4] With his alcohol use disorder in full bloom on tour, he frequently spewed obscenities into his vocal mike (leading Young's sound engineers to surreptitiously disconnect it) and often quarreled with David Crosby, who joined the tour's final leg to assist with vocal harmonies. After he publicly castigated Young in a drunken 1974 interview, the two men became estranged in earnest for several years and would collaborate only sporadically thereafter.[5] Later that year, he was dropped from Reprise Records' roster after recording a scathing song criticizing executive Mo Ostin. This desultory period culminated in his arrest for allegedly breaking into the home of and then raping ex-girlfriend Carrie Snodgress, formerly Young's companion, with a gun barrel on June 29, 1979. Snodgress was treated at the hospital for a bone fracture, cuts and bruises and had 18 stitches. The charge of rape by instrumentation (which carries a five-year sentence) was eventually dismissed.[6] In 1979, Nitzsche produced Graham Parker's album Squeezing Out Sparks. Nitzsche produced three Willy DeVille
Willy DeVille
albums beginning in the late 1970s: Cabretta
Cabretta
(1977), Return to Magenta
Return to Magenta
(1978) and Coup de Grâce (1981). Nitzsche said that DeVille was the best singer he had ever worked with.[7] Nitzsche began to concentrate more on film music rather than pop music in the mid-1970s, soon becoming one of the more prolific film orchestrators in Hollywood
Hollywood
during the period. In 1983, he received the Academy Award for Best Song for co-writing "Up Where We Belong" (from 1982's An Officer and a Gentleman) with Will Jennings and Buffy Sainte-Marie. (Nitzsche had already worked with Sainte-Marie on She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina in the early 1970s.) Nitzsche had also worked on film scores throughout his career, such as his contributions to the Monkees movie Head, the theme music from Village of the Giants (recycling an earlier single, "The Last Race") and the distinctive soundtracks for Performance (1970), The Exorcist (1973),[2] One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975),[2][8] Hardcore (1979), The Razor's Edge (1984) and Starman (also 1984). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score and a Grammy
Grammy
for his contributions to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, his first of many studio projects with multi-instrumentalist/composer Scott Mathews.[8][9] At the start of the next decade, he scored Revenge (1990). On Revenge he worked with Joanna St. Claire, who wrote, recorded and produced the original song "Are You Ready" for the film's soundtrack.[10] His intensive output declined somewhat during the rest of the decade. In the mid-1990s, an inebriated Nitzsche was seen being arrested in Hollywood
Hollywood
in an episode of the reality show Cops after brandishing a gun at some youths who had stolen his hat. In attempting to explain himself to the arresting officers he is heard exclaiming that he was an Academy Award winner. In 1997, he expressed interest in producing a comeback album for Link Wray, although this never materialized due to their mutually declining health. In 2000, Nitzsche was slated to work with Mercury Rev
Mercury Rev
on what would become the album All Is Dream. Nitzsche intended to produce and orchestrate the record, having enthused over the band's acclaimed 1998 album Deserter's Songs; however, he died just before pre-production commenced.[11] All Is Dream
All Is Dream
was released in 2001, with Dave Fridmann producing and Tony Visconti
Tony Visconti
contributing string arrangements. Personal life[edit] His first wife was blue-eyed soul singer Gracia Ann May; they divorced in 1974. In 1982, he married longtime collaborator Buffy Sainte-Marie; although they had separated by the early 1990s, it is unclear[12] if they ever divorced. He was frequently seen once more in the company of Carrie Snodgress throughout the 1990s. Nitzsche suffered a stroke in 1998 which effectively ended his career. He died in Hollywood's Queen of Angels Hospital in 2000 of cardiac arrest brought on by a recurring bronchial infection.[2][13] His interment was at Hollywood
Hollywood
Forever Cemetery. The Nitzsche-phone[edit] Nitzsche was a keyboard player on many mid-1960s albums by The Rolling Stones. On several, he was also credited as the player of the "Nitzsche-phone". In an obituary on Gadfly Online, former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham
Andrew Loog Oldham
explained the credit:

I made that up for the credits on those Stones albums—it was just a regular piano (or maybe an organ) mic'd differently. It was all part of this package that was created around the Stones. People believed it existed. The idea was meant to be: "My god, they’ve had to invent new instruments to capture this new sound they hear in their brains." And they were inventing fresh sounds with old toys—therefore, it deserved to be highlighted—it was the read-up of creation, of imagination—getting credit for a job well done.[14]

Discography[edit]

The Lonely Surfer (Reprise, 1963) Dance to the Hits of The Beatles (Reprise, 1964) Chopin '66 (Reprise, 1966) St. Giles Cripplegate (Reprise, 1974) OSR Blue Collar (MCA, 1978) OSR The Razor's Edge (Southern Cross, 1984) OSR The Hot Spot
The Hot Spot
(Verve, 1990) OSR The Indian Runner
The Indian Runner
with David Lindley (Capitol, 1991) OSR Revenge (Silva America, 1995)

With Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse (Reprise, 1971)

With The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
No. 2 (Decca, 1965) Out of Our Heads
Out of Our Heads
(Decca, 1965) Aftermath (Decca, 1966) Between the Buttons
Between the Buttons
(Decca, 1967) Let It Bleed
Let It Bleed
(Decca, 1969) Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers
(Rolling Stones, 1971)

With Neil Young

"Expecting to Fly" (from the Buffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield
album Buffalo Springfield Again, Atco, 1967) Neil Young
Neil Young
(Reprise, 1968) After the Gold Rush
After the Gold Rush
(Reprise, 1970) Harvest (Reprise, 1972) Time Fades Away
Time Fades Away
(Reprise, 1973) Tonight's the Night (Reprise, 1975) Life (Reprise, 1987) Harvest Moon (Reprise, 1992) Live at the Fillmore East (Reprise, 2006, recorded 1970)

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Dir. Notes

1965 Village of the Giants Bert I. Gordon with The Beau Brummels

1970 Performance Donald Cammell Nicolas Roeg with Jagger/Richards

1972 Greaser's Palace Robert Downey Sr.

1973 Sticks and Bones Television film

The Exorcist William Friedkin with Mike Oldfield

1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Miloš Forman Nominated for: Academy Award for Best Original Score Grammy
Grammy
Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

1977 Heroes Jeremy Kagan

1978 Blue Collar Paul Schrader Nominated for: Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Film Critics Association Award for Best Music

1979 Hardcore

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Milton Katselas

1980 Cruising William Friedkin with Germs Nominated for: Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Most Intrusive Musical Score

Heart Beat John Byrum

1981 Cutter's Way Ivan Passer

1982 Personal Best Robert Towne with Jill Fraser

Cannery Row David S. Ward

An Officer and a Gentleman Taylor Hackford Won: Academy Award for Best Original Song Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song BAFTA Award
BAFTA Award
for Best Original Song Nominated for: Academy Award for Best Original Score BAFTA Award
BAFTA Award
for Best Film Music

1983 Without a Trace Stanley R. Jaffe

Breathless Jim McBride

1984 Windy City Armyan Bernstein

The Razor's Edge John Byrum

Starman John Carpenter Nominated for: Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score

1985 Stripper Jerome Gray Documentary film

The Jewel of the Nile Lewis Teague

1986 9½ Weeks Adrian Lyne

Stand by Me Rob Reiner

The Whoopee Boys John Byrum with Udi Harpaz

Streets of Gold Joe Roth

1988 The Seventh Sign Carl Schultz

1989 Next of Kin John Irvin

1990 The Last of the Finest John Mackenzie with Michael Hoenig & Mick Taylor

Revenge Tony Scott

The Hot Spot Dennis Hopper

Mermaids[2] Richard Benjamin

1991 The Indian Runner Sean Penn

1994 Blue Sky Tony Richardson

1995 The Crossing Guard Sean Penn

References[edit]

^ "Cash Box Top 100 9/14/63". 50.6.195.142. 1963-09-14. Archived from the original on 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2014-07-27.  ^ a b c d e f g Talevski, Nick. (2006). Knocking on Heaven's Door: Rock Obituaries. Omnibus Press. p. 465,466. ISBN 1846090911.  ^ "Prod. Terry Melcher Arr. & Cond. Jack Nitzsche
Jack Nitzsche
Part Five - Doris Day
Doris Day
and Gentle Soul". Spectropop.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03.  ^ Shakey by Jimmy McDonough, retrieved on-line from Google Books ^ http://www.spectropop.com/JackNitzsche/crawdaddy.htm ^ "St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2015-12-17.  ^ See Edmonds, Ben (2001) Liner notes to Cadillac Walk: The Mink DeVille Collection. Edmonds wrote, "During my last conversation with Nitzsche, only months before his death last year, the irascible old witch doctor couldn't stop taking about the new album he'd been plotting with Willy (DeVille) and how DeVille was the best singer he had ever worked with." ^ a b MacDonald, Laurence E. (1998). The Invisible Art of Film Music: A Comprehensive History. Scarecrow Press. p. 254. ISBN 978-0810883970.  ^ Kim Bouwman (2006-05-29). "Interview with Scott Mathews". Hit Quarters. Retrieved January 8, 2013. ^ "Revenge (1990)". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-12-17.  ^ Worley, Gail. "Creating the Soundtrack For the Movies in Your Head: An Interview with Sean "Grasshopper" Mackiowiak of Mercury Rev". Ink19. Ink19. Retrieved 2 May 2017.  ^ " Jack Nitzsche
Jack Nitzsche
Biography". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-07-27.  ^ Brown, Mick (2007). Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector, pp. 28-29. Random House, Inc. ^ Gadfly Online: Turning the Key of the Universe

External links[edit]

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at AllMusic Jack Nitzsche
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discography at Discogs Jack Nitzsche
Jack Nitzsche
on IMDb The Sorcerer's Apprentice – fan site Jack Nitzsche
Jack Nitzsche
discography at Spectropop

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Neil Young
& Crazy Horse

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Upright bass

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Category

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Academy Award for Best Original Song

1934–1940

"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
Dorothy Fields
(1936)

"Sweet Leilani"

Music and lyrics: Harry Owens
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)

1941–1950

"The Last Time I Saw Paris"

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

"White Christmas"

Music and lyrics: Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin
(1942)

"You'll Never Know"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Mack Gordon
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
Oscar Hammerstein II
(1945)

"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
(1946)

"Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"

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
Frank Loesser
(1949)

"Mona Lisa"

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

1951–1960

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

Music: Hoagy Carmichael Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
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
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
Jay Livingston
and Ray Evans (1956)

"All the Way"

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

"Gigi"

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

"High Hopes"

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

"Never on Sunday"

Music and lyrics: Manos Hatzidakis
Manos Hatzidakis
(1960)

1961–1970

"Moon River"

Music: Henry Mancini Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
(1961)

"Days of Wine and Roses"

Music: Henry Mancini Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
(1962)

"Call Me Irresponsible"

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

"Chim Chim Cher-ee"

Music and lyrics: Richard M. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman
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
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
Hal David
(1969)

"For All We Know"

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

1971–1980

"Theme from Shaft"

Music and lyrics: Isaac Hayes
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
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
Paul Jabara
(1978)

"It Goes Like It Goes"

Music: David Shire Lyrics: Norman Gimbel (1979)

"Fame"

Music: Michael Gore Lyrics: Dean Pitchford (1980)

1981–1990

"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
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
Stevie Wonder
(1984)

"Say You, Say Me"

Music and lyrics: Lionel Richie
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
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
Stephen Sondheim
(1990)

1991–2000

"Beauty and the Beast"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman (1991)

"A Whole New World"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(1992)

"Streets of Philadelphia"

Music and lyrics: Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(1993)

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"

Music: Elton John Lyrics: Tim Rice
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
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
Phil Collins
(1999)

"Things Have Changed"

Music and lyrics: Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(2000)

2001–2010

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

Music and lyrics: Randy Newman
Randy Newman
(2001)

"Lose Yourself"

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

"Into the West"

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

"Al otro lado del río"

Music and lyrics: Jorge Drexler
Jorge Drexler
(2004)

"It's Hard out Here for a Pimp"

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

"I Need to Wake Up"

Music and lyrics: Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge
(2006)

"Falling Slowly"

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

"Jai Ho"

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

"The Weary Kind"

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

"We Belong Together"

Music and lyrics: Randy Newman
Randy Newman
(2010)

2011–present

"Man or Muppet"

Music and lyrics: Bret McKenzie
Bret McKenzie
(2011)

"Skyfall"

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

"Let It Go"

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

"Glory"

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
Robert Lopez
(2017)

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Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song

1960s

"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
Riz Ortolani
(1965) "Strangers in the Night" Lyrics by Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder, Music by Bert Kaempfert
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
Rod McKuen
(1969)

1970s

"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
Keith Carradine
(1975) "Evergreen" Lyrics by Paul Williams, Music by Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1976) "You Light Up My Life" Music & Lyrics by Joseph Brooks (1977) "Last Dance" Music & Lyrics by Paul Jabara
Paul Jabara
(1978) "The Rose" Music & Lyrics by Amanda McBroom
Amanda McBroom
(1979)

1980s

"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
Buffy Sainte-Marie
(1982) "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Lyrics by Irene Cara, Keith Forsey, Music by Giorgio Moroder
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
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
Lamont Dozier
(1988) "Under the Sea" Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1989)

1990s

"Blaze of Glory" Music & Lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi
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
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
Phil Collins
(1999)

2000s

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

2010s

"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
Adele
Adkins and Paul Epworth (2012) "Ordinary Love" by U2 and Danger Mouse (2013) "Glory" by Common and John Legend
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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Authority control

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