Marilyn Bergman, who wrote a bunch of classic and unforgettable lyrics to melodies by Michel Legrand or Marvin Hamlisch, Dave Grusin or Johnny Mandel, died yesterday at her home in L.A. She was 93.
Here is a list of personal favorites of her numerous songs. In no particular order. And certainly not complete. Most of the songs were recorded by various artists over the decades. Gone is a master.
Cinnamon And Clove – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 So Many Stars – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, Dianne Reeves Like A Lover – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 In The Heat Of The Night – Ray Charles Nice ‘N’ Easy – Frank Sinatra Look Around – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 Pretty World – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 That Face – Rosemary Clooney Solitary Moon – Shirley Horn The Way We Were – Barbra Streisand When Summer Turns To Snow – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 You Must Believe In Spring – Tony Bennett & Bill Evans, Carol Sloane I Was Born In Love With You – Peggy Lee One At A Time – Lena Horne & Michel Legrand What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life – Carmen McRae After The Rain – Barbra Streisand Pieces Of Dreams – Sarah Vaughan with Michel Legrand Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams – Abbey Lincoln The Last Time I Felt Like This – Johnny Mathis & Jane Olivor The Trouble With Hello Is Goodbye – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’77 How Do You Keep The Music Playing? – James Ingram & Patti Austin Sweet Gingerbread Man – Sarah Vaughan On My Way To You – Barbra Streisand The One And Only – Gladys Knight & The Pips I Believe In Love – Rosemary Clooney I Don’t Do Duets – Patti LaBelle & Gladys Knight The Girl Who Used To Be Me – Patti Austin A Christmas Love Song – The Manhattan Transfer I Will Say Goodbye – Sarah Vaughan with Michel Legrand The Promise (I’ll Never Say Goodbye) – Rosemary Clooney The Windmills Of Your Mind – Dianne Reeves Where Do You Start? – Shirley Horn Summer Me, Winter Me – Sarah Vaughan with Michel Legrand It Might Be You – Roberta Flack The Island – Patti Austin