The Songwriters Hall of Fame was saddened to learn of the passing of 2012 Inductee, Tom Jones.
Lyricist Tom Jones was part of the legendary writing team, with composer Harvey Schmidt, best known for shaping the American musical landscape with their 1960 hit, The Fantasticks. The show, which was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1991, is the longest running musical in history. Its best known song "Try To Remember," has been recorded by hundreds of artists over the decades including Ed Ames, Harry Belafonte, Barbra Streisand and Placido Domingo. In 1963 the duo wrote the Broadway show 110 in the Shade, which earned them a Tony Award nomination for Best Composer and Lyricist. I DO! I DO!, their two-character Broadway musical followed in 1967, also earning them a Tony Award nomination for Best Composer and Lyricist.
In 1998, the duo was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Other awards and honors include an Obie Award, induction into the Broadway Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award, and their "stars" added to the Off-Broadway Walk of Fame outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre in NYC.
Tom is survived by his children, Michael and Sam.