Marvin Hamlisch

The Entertainer

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New York-born pianist/composer Marvin Hamlisch was admitted to Juilliard at the age of seven. By the mid-'60s, his original songs were performed by Judy Garland and Lesley Gore. Hamlisch met movie producer Sam Spiegel at a party and was hired to write music for his 1968 movie The Swimmer starring Burt Lancaster. His other scoring credits include The April Fools, the Woody Allen movies Take the Money and Run and Bananas, Kotch, Save the Tiger starring Jack Lemmon, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, and Starting Over. Hamlisch won three Academy Awards in 1974: for the title song of the movie The Way We Were, another for the movie's score, and one for his adaptation of the music of ragtime great Scott Joplin for the Paul Newman/Robert Redford movie The Sting. An instrumental single from the soundtrack, "The Entertainer" went to number three pop in the spring of 1974. Its success brought long-overdue attention to one of the few remaining ragtime masters Eubie Blake who made frequent guest appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, The Mike Douglas Show, Saturday Night Live, and other TV shows. Their was a controversy about the film credits of The Sting. Scott Joplin's name was in relatively tiny print. Billy Dee Williams starred in a 1977 bio pic on Joplin. Hamlisch won a 1975 Tony Award for his score for the Broadway play A Chorus Line.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1973 Geffen / Universal Music Indonesia 2:34
Billboard Top Movie Hits 1970s 1996
Various Artists
Rhino
Out of Sight [1996] 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:35
Greatest Piano Hits 1998
Various Artists
GNP/Crescendo 3:06
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:05
AM Gold: Top 40 Treasures 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:05
En Gång Till! 1974 1998
Various Artists
Columbia 3:04
Hard to Find Pop Instrumentals 1999
Various Artists
Eric Records 3:06
Lifetime Of Romance: Falling In Love [Holland] 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Macmillan/McGraw-Hill 3:16
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:05
Music of Your Life 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:05
De Pre Historie: 1974, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 3:06
Easy Listening Classics/Time Life's Movie Classics
Various Artists
Time Life / Time/Life Music 3:05
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 12
Various Artists
Rhino 3:08
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