Friday, January 08, 2010
NEW YORK, NY (January 8, 2010) - Spirit Music, in conjunction with parent company Spirit Catalogue Holdings, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Threesome Music, the song catalog of acclaimed multiple Grammy-, Oscar-, and Emmy-winning songwriters, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, two of the most respected names in the Great American Songbook.
Through the agreement, Spirit has acquired rights to more than 300 songs including such timeless standards as Frank Sinatra’s "Nice 'N' Easy," Fred Astaire’s "That Face," chart-topping Neil Diamond/Barbra Streisand duet "You Don’t Bring Me Flowers," Michael Jackson’s "Someone In The Dark," Sergio Mendes's samba hit "Like A Lover," calypso evergreen "Yellow Bird," and holiday perennial "A Christmas Love Song."
The deal also includes rights to title songs from such major motion pictures as 'Tootsie' ("It Might Be You"), 'A Star Is Born' ("I Believe In Love"), 'Sabrina' ("Moonlight"), 'Shirley Valentine' ("The Girl Who Used To Be Me"), 'Major League' ("Most Of All You") and 'Yes Giorgio' ("If We Were In Love"), as well as all of the songs from 'Yentl' (including "Papa Can You Hear Me" and "The Way He Makes Me Feel") and the themes from such popular television shows as 'Good Times' and 'Maude.'
Additionally, Spirit and the Bergmans have signed an exclusive, long term worldwide publishing administration agreement covering new and future works. The go-forward deal with the Bergman's Alamar Music includes songs written for a new Broadway-bound version of 'Ballroom' (based on the couple's Emmy-winning made-for-TV dramatic musical, 'Queen Of The Stardust Ballroom'), a collaboration with the late Cy Coleman on the Kennedy Center-commissioned song cycle titled "Up Close And Musical," and "Trust Me," the end title to Warner Brothers Pictures' recent feature, 'The Informant.'
Mark Fried, President & CEO, Spirit Music Group, said, “Alan and Marilyn Bergman’s legacy of work represents some of the most beloved and enduring songs of the last five decades. Their gift for crafting the perfect lyric, working alongside such famed composers as Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, Johnny Mandel, and Dave Grusin, has given the world a collection of classy, evocative, life-affirming songs which continue to charm generations of fans and serve as a master class in song craft. We are thrilled to be working closely with Alan and Marilyn in promoting their standards and the new classics they are creating.”
The Bergmans said, “We are delighted to join this forward-thinking and energetic company. Songs need a loving and nurturing home and we feel Spirit is such a place.”
Alan and Marilyn Bergman, born and raised in Brooklyn, began their historic collaboration in the early '60s, working with the late composer (and Spirit songwriter) Lew Spence penning a series of hits for Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sarah Vaughan, and Peggy Lee.
A long association with Barbra Streisand from the '70s onward yielded such classics as "The Way We Were," "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life," "On My Way To You," and "Ordinary Miracles," including two songs on the singer’s recent global chart topping album 'Love Is The Answer,' "Where Do You Start" and "You Must Believe In Spring."
The Bergmans' work with Quincy Jones for the 1967 Oscar-winning 'In The Heat Of The Night' marked the start of a lifetime of work in feature film, including key contributions to such acclaimed movies as 'The Thomas Crown Affair,' 'Summer Of '42,' 'The Way We Were,' 'Same Time Next Year,' and 'Yentl.' Their long list of television credits include the theme songs for 'Good Times,' 'Maude,' and 'Brooklyn Bridge,' as well as the score for the acclaimed television drama, 'Sybil.'
Among numerous accolades, the Bergmans have won three Academy Awards, three Emmy Awards, and two Grammys. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980 and received honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music and a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Songwriters in 1995. In 1997, they were awarded the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and, in 2000, the National Music Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Further, the Bergmans were honored in 2002 by the National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) with the Governor's Award and received the first ever Johnny Mercer Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
In addition to her success as a lyricist, Marilyn Bergman has a long and distinguished record of service to songwriters. After being the first woman elected to the Board of Directors of ASCAP, she was elevated to President and Chairman in 1994. During her 15-year tenure, she presided over the largest expansion of ASCAP membership in its history, led the performing rights organization to several major legislative victories, and was instrumental in the launch of A Bill Of Rights for Songwriters and Composers, an advocacy and awareness-building initiative designed to remind the music industry and the public at large of the rights of those who create music.
Alan Bergman serves as a member of the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board, the Johnny Mercer Foundation Board, and the Artists' Rights Foundation Board.