In 1981, Michael Gore won two Academy Awards for the movie Fame - one for Best Original Score, and a second for Best Song with lyricist Dean Pitchford. He was also nominated that year for "Out Here On My Own," from the same film. In addition, Fame won the Golden Globe for Best Song, and was nominated for a Grammy. The movie's soundtrack sold in excess of 7 million copies worldwide.
In 1983, Gore was again Oscar-nominated for Best Score for the Oscar-winning Best Picture Terms of Endearment. His instrumental version of the movie's theme went Top 5 on the Adult Contemporary charts. He composed the original score for Pretty in Pink in 1986, and was a major contributor to the musical underscore for Broadcast News in 1987. Other scores include Defending Your Life, Mr. Wonderful, The Butcher's Wife and Superstar.
His songwriting for movies include collaborating with lyricist Dean Pitchford on "Never" for Footloose. With lyricist Lynn Ahrens, he wrote two original songs for Camp.
Notable in Michael's credits is composing the music for Whitney Houston's multi-platinum seller (with lyricist Dean Pitchford) "All The Man That I Need," which simultaneously reached #1 on the pop, adult contemporary, and rhythm and blues charts. Artists including Luther Vandross, Patti Labelle and L.L. Cool J. have performed his compositions.
Michael served as producer for a series of 9 recordings for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. His CD of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I starring Julie Andrews and Ben Kingsley received critical acclaim, was Number One on Billboard's Classical Crossover Album chart for 17 weeks, and remained in the Top Ten for almost a year. As the album's producer, he was nominated for a Grammy and won The Billboard Award for Top Crossover Recording.
In addition to Executive Producing ABC's acclaimed 3-hour telefilm of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific starring Glenn Close and Harry Connick, Jr., he produced all the music for the film and its soundtrack recording. As a solo recording artist, he composed and performed "October Moon" for the CD Song Without Words for Windham Hill Records.
The 2020 Grammy Awards celebrated longtime telecast producer Ken Ehrlich’s 40th anniversary with a special all-star performance of Gore and Pitchford’s “I Sing the Body Electric” from Fame.
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