The composer Norman Gimbel, author of the well-known song “Killing me softly” and awarded with an Oscar and a Grammy, died on December 19, the copyright management entity Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) reported. statement that the local media echoed today.
“BMI was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of the renowned composer Norman Gimbel, who died on December 19 at the age of 91 years,” said the organization in that note, which highlighted the career of the New York artist.
His son, Tony Gimbel, explained to The Hollywood Reporter newspaper that his father died in his home in Montecito (California, USA), although he did not detail the reasons for the death.
Throughout his career, Gimbel won an award for best original song at the 1979 Oscars for his song “It Goes Like It Goes”, which he wrote along with fellow composer Davie Shire for the film “Norma Rae”.
The artist was also awarded a Grammy Award in 1974 thanks to his best known song, “Killing me softly with his song”, whose authorship he shares with Charles Fox.
Also, Gimbel was included in the Hall of Fame of the US Composers. in 1984.
In its statement, BMI described Gimbel as “a truly talented and prolific writer” and said his friends and fans will miss him.
For his part, composer Robert Folk, who collaborated with Gimbel on 15 songs, said in a Facebook post that the deceased artist “had an incredible talent, brilliant in every way.”