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Entertainment Allee Willis, Grammy-Winning Songwriter Who Wrote 'Friends' Theme, Dies at 72

20:05  25 december  2019
20:05  25 december  2019 Source:   thewrap.com

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Allee Willis , a Grammy - winning and Emmy-nominated songwriter who helped compose the theme song for the sitcom Friends , has died aged 72 . Willis also co- wrote the Earth, Wind & Fire hits September and Boogie Wonderland and, last year, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Allee Willis , the US songwriter behind the Friends theme tune as well as hits such as September by Earth, Wind & Fire, has died aged 72 . Her songs have sold more than 60m copies worldwide and she won two Grammys, one for her contributions to the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, and another for

Allee Willis wearing glasses and smiling at the camera © TheWrap allee willis

Allee Willis, the songwriter perhaps best known for writing the theme song to the long-running sitcom "Friends," died on Tuesday at age 72, according to her official Instagram page.

She died of cardiac arrest, according to Variety.

A 1985 Grammy winner and 2018 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Willis produced an extensive body of hits that included multiple songs for Earth, Wind & Fire, including "September" and "Boogie Wonderland."

Her other hits included the Pointer Sisters' "Neutron Dance," Dusty Springfield's "What Have I Done to Deserve This?," Patti LaBelle's "Lead Me On," and the theme from "The Karate Kid," "You're the Best." She earned a Grammy in 1985 for her contributions to the "Beverly Hills Cop" soundtrack album.

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Allee Willis , one of the music industry’s most colorful figures, whose eclectic credits as a writer and co- writer included Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and the “ Friends ” theme song , died on Tuesday at a hospital in Los Angeles. She was 72 . The cause was cardiac arrest, her publicist, Ellyn Solis, said.

Allee Willis , the songwriter perhaps best known for writing the theme song to the long-running sitcom “ Friends ,” died on Tuesday at age 72 A 1985 Grammy winner and 2018 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Willis produced an extensive body of hits that included multiple songs for

In 2006, Willis earned a Tony nomination for co-writing the original score to the Broadway musical adaptation of "The Color Purple," which she worked on with Brenda Russell and Stephen Bray.

She is survived by her partner, animator and producer Prudence Fenton, who paid tribute to Willis on her own Instagram page: "Rest In Boogie Wonderland Nov 10,1947-December 24, 2019"

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