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Dead Person Of The Day November 18 – Michael Kamen

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What a battle today folks! Lots of phenomenal reading today in Obitsville. But, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the obit had me when it said ‘Mr. Kamen earned an Oscar nomination in 1991 for “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” the Bryan Adams hit song from the “Robin Hood” movie. Done. Period. Has there been a move dynamic use of parenthesis in a song title…..OTHER than the Dire Straits (obviously)

That song brings me back to eating cereal before running out the door to catch the bus. If you’re into music would there be a better job than doing a score for a movie? Thought so.

I think Kamen’s resume speaks for itself. But I’ll let Sue Zeidler of the Boston Globe give you the details.

Michael Arnold Kamen (April 15, 1948 – November 18, 2003)

LOS ANGELES — Michael Kamen, the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated composer who fused hard-rock riffs with classical styling in albums for Pink Floyd and provided music for the “Lethal Weapon” and “Die Hard” movies,” has died. He was 55.

Mr. Kamen, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, died yesterday of an apparent heart attack at his home in London, according to his publicist.

Mr. Kamen’s career was multifaceted. He wrote and directed the music for the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics; served as musical director for Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee at Buckingham Palace; and orchestrated, arranged, and conducted heavy metal band Metallica’s collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony. A 1999 live album, “S&M: Metallica with the San Francisco Symphony, Conducted by Michael Kamen,” has sold more than 4 million copies. Continue 


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