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Born: November 28, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Music ...
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1950:
Started taking piano lessons at age six
1959:
Wrote first songs at age 15
1960:
At age 17, became a contract song writer for Metro Music (part of Liberty)
1962:
First recorded song, "They Tell Me It's Summer," a B side sung by the Fleetwoods
1962:
First TV credit, penned an untitled saxophone instrumental for an episode of "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (CBS)
1964:
Contributed first song "Look at Me" to a Hollywood film "The Lively Set," co-written with Bobby Darin
1964:
Worked at the TV music library at 20th Century Fox; wrote music cues and themes for series produced by the studio
1967:
Joined Reprise Records as a recording artist
1968:
Released self titled debut album, which included the song "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today"
1970:
Conducted music for "Performance" (film released 1972)
1970:
Had first U.S. hit with Three Dog Night's recording of "Mama Told Me Not to Come"
1971:
Contributed an original song to "The Pursuit of Happiness"
1971:
Wrote first film score for Norman Lear's "Cold Turkey"
1977:
Had first commercial success with the song "Short People"; led to first gold record for album <i>Little Criminals</i>
1981:
Composed film score for Milos Forman's "Ragtime"; received first Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Original Score and Best Song ("One More Hour")
1983:
Released <i>Trouble in Paradise</i>, which included the hit single "I Love L.A."; song later used by the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium
1984:
Provided the lush underscore for Barry Levinson's "The Natural"; earned third Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score
1986:
Co-scripted "Three Amigos!" with Steve Martin and Lorne Michaels; also wrote three songs for film and provided voice for the singing bush
1988:
Released the album <i>Land of Dreams</i>
1989:
Wrote the song "I Love to See You Smile" for the Ron Howard film "Parenthood"; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Original Song
1990:
Wrote the dramatic score to "Avalon," directed by Barry Levinson; earned fifth Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe nomination
1994:
Received Best Song Academy Award nomination for "Make Up Your Mind" from the Ron Howard film "The Paper"
1995:
Provided music for first all-computer-generated animated film "Toy Story"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score and Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Song ("You've Got a Friend")
1995:
First composition for musical theater, "Faust"; project put on hold after second production in Chicago was met with mixed reviews; wrote the book as well as music and lyrics
1996:
Picked up ninth Academy Award nomination for the score to animated film "James and the Giant Peach"
1997:
Fired by director Wolfgang Petersen after completing the score for "Air Force One"; work was replaced by Jerry Goldsmith's score
1998:
Earned tenth Oscar nomination for Best Original Song "That'll Do" from "Babe: Pig in the City"
1998:
Composed the music for "A Bug's Life" and "Pleasantville"; earned Best Original Score Academy Award nominations for both films
1999:
Penned the lively score for animated sequel "Toy Story 2"; also wrote songs including "When She Loved You"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score
2001:
Earned 14th career Academy Award nomination for the song "A Fool in Love" from "Meet the Parents"
2002:
Won first Academy Award for the song "If I Didn't Have You" from animated film "Monsters, Inc."; also nominated for Best Original Score
2002:
Wrote the theme song of "Monk" (USA Network) titled "It's a Jungle out There"
2003:
Contributed on the soundtrack of "Seabiscuit"
2004:
Wrote music for comedy sequel "Meet the Fockers"
2006:
Scored animated film "Cars" and wrote the song "Our Town"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song
2009:
Wrote music for Disney animated feature "The Princess and the Frog"; earned two Oscar nominations for Original Song for "Almost There" and "Down in New Orleans"; also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Song for "Down in New Orleans"
2010:
Composed score for "Toy Story 3"; earned Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack
2012:
Announced as an inductee into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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