Their TV themes also included The Paper Chase, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and Wonder Woman.
Gimbel was born in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 16, 1927. His career started in music publishing, working for David Blum and Edwin H. Morris on Teresa Brewer’s hit Ricochet Romance and Andy Williams’s 1956 hit, Canadian Sunset.
Broadway also beckoned, and he collaborated with Broadway composer Morris “Moose” Charlap on the musicals Whoop-Up in 1958 and The Conquering Hero in 1961. also working with Frank Loesser, who wrote the now-vilified song Baby It’s Cold Outside.
Hollywood was next. Gimbel arrived in 1967 and immersed himself in the film and TV music world, working with composers Lalo Shifrin, Elmer Bernstein, Bill Conti, Quincy Jones, Burt Bachrach and eventually Nelly Gimbel, his daughter.
His songs graced such films as The Phantom Tollbooth (1970), Where’s Poppa? (1970), A Troll in Central Park (1994) and Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventure (2001).
Survivors include sons Peter and Tony, the latter who ran his publishing company, and daughters Nelly and Hannah. No memorial details have been announced.
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