Hamlisch is, of course, best known for writing the score to the
The composer also is known for such American standards as “The Way We Were” and “Nobody Does It Better,” both movie theme songs (the latter from “The Spy Who Loved Me”). He is one of a very select group of people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and
His first hit (composed when he was 21) was the song “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows,” recorded by Lesley Gore, but Hamlisch found his niche scoring movies. His work on adapting the music of
Hamlisch, who was born in
Hamlisch spoke frequently of his desire to prevent the erosion of arts education in public schools.
"It's the average public school kids that I'm most worried about," Hamlisch told the Tribune in 1997, while making his case in Chicago. "The really talented kids who get to go to the special music schools will be fine. They're on their way. It's the other kids we've got to worry about. I've done research on this, and every single study shows what a difference arts classes makes to kids' lives."