was a director, producer, screenwriter and songwriter/composer born in Lawrence,
Long Island, New York.
with many superstars of the time such as Bing Crosby, Marlon Brando and Steven Spielberg he worked on films that
include Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met
Lloyd, Eddie and the Cruisers, Gremlins, If I Ever See You Again and Invitation
to the Wedding.
for his compositions for the movie industry he sold over 80 million records
and carries a record for being the only recipient of all the major awards
in the industry in the same year for the theme song for the movie "You
Light Up My Life". He also
composed the soundtracks for The Lords of Flatbush, Headin'
for Broadway and Jeremy and the music and lyrics for the West
End musical Metropolis and the Broadway production In
the field of advertising he won 21 Clio Awards for his work on adverts for
companies such as Pepsi, American Airlines and Maxwell House and his work
is now housed in the Smithsonian Institute.
a songwriter he has written and produced works for Aretha Franklin, Ray
Charles, Johnny Mathis. Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes,
Debby Boone, Roberta Flack to name but a few and as a conductor he has led
the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the St. Paul's Boys Choir
and the New York Philharmonic.
2009 he was indicted on 91 counts of rape/sexual assault but committed
suicide at his New York
apartment in 2011 before the trial was held.
Debby Boone recordings
Light Up My Life (Joe Brooks)