Marvin Hamlish was one of the few composers who won every major award like an Oscar for The Way We Were, a Grammy for best new artist, a Tony for A Chorus Line, and a Pulitzer, also for A Chorus Line. We saw him the last time he came through the valley a few years back when he performed his one man show at Chandler Center for the Arts. He was funny, smart, and entertaining for a full hour and a half with stories, songs, and a personality that touched each member of the audience.
Marvin died yesterday at age 68.
One of his most memorable musical moments, among many, was the day of Barbra Streisand’s session when she recorded The Way We Were. Marvin was there to hear her sing his song for the very first time.
Here’s how he described the moment.