2 June 1944, New York City, New York, USA. A pianist, arranger and conductor, who has made an indelible mark as a composer for Broadway musical shows and films, Hamlisch began as a child prodigy, and played the piano by ear at the age of five. When he was seven, he became the youngest student ever to be enrolled at the Juilliard School of Music. One of the first songs he wrote as a teenager was Travelin Man, which was eventually recorded by his friend, Liza Minnelli, on her first album, Liza, Liza. Through Minnelli, he was able to obtain work as a rehearsal pianist and assistant vocal arranger for some Broadway shows. Lesley Gore gave him his first song hit in 1965, when she took his Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows (lyric: Howard Liebling) into the US Top 20. After majoring in music at Queens College, Hamlisch wrote the theme music for the 1968 film, The Swimmer, and subsequently moved to Hollywood where he composed the music...
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