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My Tribute To Marvin Hamlisch

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(Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

(Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

By now, you’ve read about the passing of Marvin Hamlisch yesterday.  While he was a brilliant composer, one of his most well-known songs was one he didn’t actually write.  “The Entertainer” was a ragtime classic, written by Scott Joplin in 1902.  You know it best as the theme to the movie, “The Sting.”

This song has been covered by many people…on many instruments.  Some may surprise you!  Here are some of the more “creative” versions – all part of my tribute to the late, great Marvin Hamlisch.

I guess a Wurlitzer organ isn’t much of a stretch.  But, it’s a good a place as any to start:

“The Entertainer” on a guitar???  Only Chet Atkins could pull this off.

A trio of Tubas???  Now, we’re talking!

When I was a kid, “The Entertainer” meant ICE CREAM was nearby.  Sorry, Scottsdale.

On the streets of London, you may just hear it on steel drums!

A flute choir?  Why not!

Holy kazooooooooooooooooooo!

Last, but not least, Marvin’s famous version from “The Sting.”

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