"AndNorman Gimbel died on December 19 at his home in the American city of Montecito, California, where he had lived for many years, said his son Tony Gimbel to Hollywood Reporter. .
Born in Brooklyn, Norman Gimbel won an Oscar for Best Original Song with David Shire for "It Goes Like It Goes", played by Jennifer Warnes for the 1979 film Norma Rae.
In 1973, the lyricist, together with his long-standing partner Charles Fox, Grammy for Best Song of the Year, gathers for "Killing Me Softly," played by Roberta Flack. This song was recorded in the 1990s by hip-hop band The Fugees.
But the text in English by "Girl from Ipanema", written to accompany one who was a great Brazilian success, earned him a Grammy in 1965 for this year's recording and over the years became one of the most played songs of all time.
The original version was written by Vinicius de Morais and played by Tom Jobim in 1962, the same date as his first commercial recording, and achieved tremendous international success in a 1968 version, recorded by Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz in the United States.
Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse, Cher, Mariza, Plácido Domingo and Madonna are among the musicians who have already interpreted the song.
Robert Folk, who wrote about fifteen songs with Norman Gimbel, recalled on Facebook the funny confidences he had made to him after making a composition for a famous film producer.
"Never tell them how easy this work is, and how happy it is for us to write these songs, or they will never pay us that much more money."
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