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The award-winning composer produced many cheesy Hollywood numbers, but who among us hasn't belted out one of his tunes?

A lot of what Marvin Hamlisch composed over the course of his extraordinary 50-year career fell into a category once described by Andre Previn as "commercial cornball music" – big cheesy Hollywood numbers, including the Carly Simon James Bond theme Nobody Does It Better and the title song to the 1973 tearjerker The Way We Were. His scores were sometimes sentimental, often aspirational, always memorable (discounting the soundtrack to Three Men and a Baby) and angled to flatter the sort of female voices people listened to when drunk before Bonnie Tyler came along.

As a student at Juilliard, Hamlisch wanted to write for Broadway, and although the majority of his career was in film, his crowning achievement was the music he wrote for the 1975 Broadway show A Chorus Line. It was a feat »

- Emma Brockes

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