Norman Gimbel was an Oscar – and Grammywinnende songwriter. He died at the age of 91, that let his family know.
Gimbel was made known to me his lyrics “Killing Me Softly with this Song” and the theme song of the television series Happy Days. He also wrote the English translation of the well-known Brazilian song The Girl from Ipanema.
Norman Gimbel was born in Brooklyn and began his music career along with publisher David Blum and Edwin H Morris. He recorded his first success when he in 1956 the hit Canadian Sunset wrote for Andy Williams.
He broke through to the public at large with his work for television and film. He wrote for Laverne & Shirley, Wonder Woman, and HR Puffnstuff. He worked long together with composer Charles Fox. They won together in 1973 and a Grammy for the song Killing Me Softly. Together with the composer David Shire, he won at the 1997 Oscar for the song It Goes Like It Goes, sung by Jennifer Warnes in the film Norma Rae. He was in 1984, induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Gimbel died on 19 december at his home in Montecito, California.