Buddy Kaye

Active - 1950 - 1985  |   Born - Jan 1, 1918   |   Died - Nov 21, 2002   |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Adventure, Action

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A master songwriter and lyricist who penned over 400 tunes for artists ranging from Perry Como to Dusty Springfield, Buddy Kaye was the man responsible for such memorable tunes as "Till the End of Time," "Full Moon and Empty Arms," and the novelty ditty "Speedy Gonzales." Born Jules Leonard Kaye in New York City in January of 1918, young Kaye gained experience as a saxophone player on pleasure cruises and in local clubs before making the leap into songwriting in the late '30s -- subsequently becoming one of the most sought-after songwriters in the business. Kaye embarked on a 60-year career that would span numerous musical genres and styles, collaborating frequently with similar writers such as Ted Mossman, Jimmy McHugh, and Jerry Ross. Kaye had an uncanny knack for creating memorable melodies, and for film and television he wrote the themes for numerous Elvis films and contributed music to such films as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Bridges of Madison County. A longtime member of the ASCAP, AMPAS, the Hollywood Songwriters' Guild, and the Nashville Songwriters' Association, the tireless composer would also write numerous books including The Wisdom of Baltasar Gracian and Method Songwriting. Kaye was also a songwriting teacher at the UCLA Extension and College of the Desert for 11 years. For his 1975 recording of The Little Prince (narrated by Richard Burton), Kaye won a Best Children's Recording Grammy. On November, 21, 2002, just after finishing work on Garbo: The Musical, Buddy Kaye died of a heart attack in Ranchero Mirage, CA, at the age of 84.

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