Norman Gimbel

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Birthday
16, 1927
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Dec 19, 2018 (91)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
16, 1927
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Dec 19, 2018 (91)

About

Award-winning lyricist best known for "Sway," "Killing Me Softly with His Song," "Canadian Sunset," and many other hits.

Before Fame

He attended Baruch College and Columbia University, but was largely self-taught in music. He had some success writing novelty songs early on, such as A Whale of a Tale for Walt Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea from 1954.

Trivia

He won the Oscar for "It Goes Like It Goes" from the 1979 drama Norma Rae. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984.

Family Life

He grew up in Brooklyn and was raised in a Jewish family.

Associated With

His song "Killing Me Softly with His Song" became a hit for Roberta Flack.