Husband-and-wife lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman occupy a unique niche among songwriters, arriving on the music scene at a time when the careers of most of the leadings craftsmen of the Great American Songbook-Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein-were either ending or over. The popmeisters populating the Brill Building, Phil Spector, and the folks at the heart of the folk movement ruled the roost, only to be replaced by the maestros of rock, disco and, ultimately, rap. Yet, the Bergmans stayed (and still continue) on the path of the masters, shaping many of the most beautiful and enduring standards of the past half-century. Their compositions, co-written with the likes of Johnny Mandel, Michel Legrand, Dave Grusin and Marvin Hamlisch, have garnered 16 Academy Award nominations, three Oscars, four Emmys and two Grammys. They’ve also earned million-seller hits for the likes of Sinatra, Streisand and Neil Diamond.
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