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Penned lyrics to top TV shows like "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley"


Norman Gimbel, Lyricist, was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Baruch College and Columbia University. His first job in the music business was for music publisher David Blum. His first hit was "Ricochet Romance" in 1953. He later became a contract songwriter for publisher Edwin H. Morris, where he had his first major hit in 1956 with " Canadian Sunset," (with music by Eddie Heywood).

Frank Loesser later signed him to his music company and became his mentor and for three years the two worked closely. Through Loesser, Gimbel met composer Morris (Moose) Charlap with whom he wrote two Broadway musicals, Whoop-Up and The Conquering Hero.

In 1963, Gimbel was introduced by Publisher Lou Levy to a group of Brazilian composers, including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa, Carlos Lyra and Baden Powell. He would go on to write English lyrics for many of their songs. Most notably he wrote the English words for "So Nice" (Summer Samba), "Meditation," "How Insensitive," and "The Song of The Sabia." His English lyric for "The Girl From Ipanema" won the Grammy Award for Record of The Year. He would also write English lyrics for Michel Legrand's music for the 1964 film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg; "Watch What Happens" and "I Will Wait For You" ( which was nominated for an Academy Award, original French lyrics by Jacques Demy).

In the fall of 1967, he moved to Hollywood where he became very active in film and television. Among the composers he worked with were Lalo Shifrin, Elmer Bernstein, Bill Conti, Maurice Jarre, Peter Matz, Pat Williams, Michel Colombier,…

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Discography Highlights

KILLING ME SOFTLY Norman Gimbel, Charles Fox

GIRL FROM IPANEMA, THE Antonio Carlos Jobim, Norman Gimbel

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