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Norman Gimbel, a recognized lyric poet, dies at the age of 91

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Norman Gimbel, an Oscar winner and a Grammy Award, died at the age of 91, his family said.

Gimbel's work included “Kill Me Tenderly” with his song recorded by Roberta Flack, Fugue and Others, and the theme of the series “Happy Days”.

He also wrote an English text for the Brazilian boss-nova “The Girl from Ipanema”.

Gimbel died on December 19 at his home in Montecito, California. About this The Hollywood Reporter reported his son Tony Gimbel.

The BMI music rights organization stated that it was “very saddened" by the news of Gimbel’s death. He described him as a “truly talented and prolific writer,” whom his friends and fans will miss.

Norman Gimbel was born in Brooklyn and began his career in the music publishing houses of David Blum and Edwin X Morris. His early successes included lyrics to Andy Williams' 1956 single Canadian Sunset.

He was best known for his work in film and television, he wrote songs for popular shows such as Laverne and Shirley, Wonder Woman and HR Puffnstuff.

Gimbel formed a long-term collaboration with composer Charles Fox, and in 1973 they both won the Grammy Award for Killing Me Softly.

He and composer David Shire shared the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1997 for the song It Goes Like It Goes, which Jennifer Warns sang in the film Norma Rae.

In 1984, Gimbel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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