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Norman Gimbel, 91, Who Thrilled Softly With His Songs

Jan 02, 2019 - The New York Times

Norman Gimbel, the wildly versatile Brooklyn-born lyricist who won a Grammy Award for a blues hit, ''Killing Me Softly With His Song''; an Oscar for a folk ballad, ''It Goes Like It Goes'' (from ''Norma Rae''); and television immortality for the bouncy series themes to ''Happy Days'' and ''Laverne and Shirley,'' died on Dec. 19 at his home in Montecito, Calif. He was 91.

The death was confirmed by his son Tony, managing partner of his father's music publishing company, Words West.