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Also Known As: Andy Badale Died:
Born: March 22, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bensonhurst, New York, USA Profession: arranger, composer, lyricist, musician, voice coach

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Best known for his collaborations with David Lynch, most notably the dreamy, haunting music for the director's cult TV soap opera, "Twin Peaks" (1990-91). After completing his classical training, Badalamenti worked as a Borscht Belt pianist in the 1950s, as a jingle writer and as an arranger-songwriter for performers as diverse as Mel Tillis and Shirley Bassey. As Andy Badale he wrote the songs for the 1973 film "Gordon's War" and the score for "Law and Disorder" (1974).

Best known for his collaborations with David Lynch, most notably the dreamy, haunting music for the director's cult TV soap opera, "Twin Peaks" (1990-91). After completing his classical training, Badalamenti worked as a Borscht Belt pianist in the 1950s, as a jingle writer and as an arranger-songwriter for performers as diverse as Mel Tillis and Shirley Bassey. As Andy Badale he wrote the songs for the 1973 film "Gordon's War" and the score for "Law and Disorder" (1974).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mulholland Dr. (2001) Luigi Castigliane
3.
 Blue Velvet (1986) Piano Player
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1973:
First film credit as Andy Badale, writing songs for Ossie Davis's "Gordon's War"
1974:
Wrote first film score, "Law and Disorder"
1986:
First collaboration with David Lynch, "Blue Velvet"
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Wrote songs for commercials (for Opium, Exxon, and New York City)
1990:
TV composing debut for series, "Twin Peaks", created by Lynch
1990:
Created album of music with David Lynch for singer Julee Cruise
1990:
Collaborated with Lynch on theatrical production, "Industrial Symphony No. 1" presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
1990:
Composed music for David Lynch's commercials for Calvin Klein's perfume, Obsession
1992:
Scored Lynch's feature "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"
1995:
Provided the haunting original score for "The City of Lost Children"
1997:
Reteamed with Lynch for "Lost Highway"
2001:
Provided the eerily effective score for Lynch's "Mulholland Dr."
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Education

Eastman School of Music: Rochester , New York -
Manhattan School of Music: New York , New York -

Notes

"He's got this musical soul, and melodies are always floating around inside. I feel the mood of a scene in the music, and one thing helps he other, and they both just start climbing." --David Lynch on his relationship with Badalamenti ("People" Magazine, September 10, 1990)

"He'd say, 'Try and come up with something that's beautiful and dark. Then it should build to a climax that just tears your heart out.' So I'm looking at him strangely, but as he's talking my eyes start going somewhere, and I start hearing melodies." --Badalamenti describing working relationship with Lynch ("People" Magazine, September 10, 1990)

Badalamenti has master's degrees in French horn, composition and piano. He has also won at least eight ASCAP awards. The composer has arranged pieces for recording artists such as Liza Minnelli, George Benson, Melba Moore and the Pet Shop Boys.

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wife:
Lonny Badalamenti. Jamaican immigrants.
wife:
Lonny Badalamenti. Married c. 1968.

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daughter:
Danielle Badalamenti. Artist. Born c. 1969.
daughter:
Danielle Badalamenti. Has two older sisters.
son:
Andre Badalamenti. Musician. Plays clarinet.
son:
Andre Badalamenti. Had two older sisters.
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