Emmy-winning TV composer Patrick Williams, known for Lou Grant passes away aged 79

Patrick Williams arranged and conducted Frank Sinatra’s final studio recordings, Duets I and II

FP Staff July 26, 2018 15:18:27 IST
Emmy-winning TV composer Patrick Williams, known for Lou Grant passes away aged 79

Patrick Williams', the Grammy-winning big-band jazz leader and arranger who is known for his Emmy-winning television music, died on 25 July morning owing to complications from cancer at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica at the age of 79, reports Variety.

Emmywinning TV composer Patrick Williams known for Lou Grant passes away aged 79

Patrick Williams. Facebook/@patrickwilliamsmusic

Williams' prowess as a composer has not only been recognised but also felicitated time and again. He earned an Oscar nomination for adapting opera in Breaking Away, four Emmys for dramatic music including Lou Grant and two Grammys for arrangements including his classic jazz album Threshold, along with a nomination for Pulitzer Prize in music for An American Concerto, the same report stated.

He has dabbled in both TV and films, composing for almost 50 films which might not have scored well at the box office but stood out because of its music, including Casey’s Shadow, The Cheap Detective , Cuba,  Used Cars, Swing Shift, All of Me, Cry-Baby and The Grass Harp. However, his work was centred mostly in the TV industry, and earned him 22  Emmy nominations for his work in The Streets of San Francisco,  Lou Grant, and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, among others.

Not only did Williams arrange and conduct Frank Sinatra’s final studio recordings, Duets I and II but also for singers Barbra Streisand, Jack Jones, Natalie Cole, Neil Diamond and Gloria Estefan, among others.

In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Duke University, in 2001.

He is survived by his wife Catherine and his three children, Elizabeth, Greer and Patrick, to whom he dedicated pieces in his last big-band album Home Suite Home in 2015.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Jaan Kumar Sanu apologises for 'anti-Marathi' remarks on Bigg Boss 14; Colors TV issues statement
Entertainment

Jaan Kumar Sanu apologises for 'anti-Marathi' remarks on Bigg Boss 14; Colors TV issues statement

Bigg Boss 14 contestant Jaan Kumar Sanu recorded a video apology after his comments about fellow contestant Nikki Tamboli speaking Marathi on the show caused an uproar on social media.

Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment to back Sanya Malhotra, Vikrant Massey, Bobby Deol's crime thriller Love Hostel
Entertainment

Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment to back Sanya Malhotra, Vikrant Massey, Bobby Deol's crime thriller Love Hostel

The shooting for Love Hostel, a film about a 'spirited couple on the run,' is slated to begin early next year.

Premier League: Manuel Lanzini stuns Tottenham with late equaliser in West Ham's fightback; Aston Villa edge Leicester City
Sports

Premier League: Manuel Lanzini stuns Tottenham with late equaliser in West Ham's fightback; Aston Villa edge Leicester City

Gareth Bale was one of the main Tottenham culprits as he missed a golden opportunity to wrap up the points before West Ham's Manuel Lanzini snatched a stoppage-time equaliser.