"Sophisticated" Composer Duke Ellington

Columbia Records capitalized on writer member Duke Ellington's (1899–1974) many ASCAP Awards by issuing this 45 RPM vinyl record. Ellington's iconic works "Solitude" and "Sophisticated Lady" are included on this unique recording.

Duke Ellington. ASCAP Award Winners: Duke Ellington. Album cover, ca. 1963. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (007.00.00)
[Digital ID # as0007]

ASCAP at the Oscars©

From the earliest days of cinema at the end of the nineteenth century, music has played a pivotal role in telling the story and setting the mood in the movies. ASCAP composers have helped create cinematic magic for billions of film-goers since its inception. Composer Dimitri Tiomkin (1894–1979) received two Academy Awards for his score and theme song, "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'," from the 1952 classic western High Noon. The lyrics were written by Ned Washington (1901–1976).

Academy Award Oscar© for Best Song. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (015.00.00)
[Digital ID # as0015]

"The Way We Were"

Winner of the 1974 Academy Award for Best Original Song, "The Way We Were" is an enduring classic that remains fresh as new artists restyle and reinterpret the iconic song for contemporary audiences. Written as the title song for the 1973 award-winning film of the same name, "The Way We Were" made the American Film Institute's list of Top 100 Songs from Film. Alan Bergman (b. 1925) and Marilyn Bergman (b. 1929) wrote the lyrics, and Marvin Hamlisch (1944–2012) composed the music.

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  • Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, and Marvin Hamlisch at the Academy Awards ceremony, 1974. Photograph. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (018.00.00)
    [Digital ID # as0018]

  • Alan and Marilyn Bergman. "The Way We Were." Holograph lyrics, 1973. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (016.00.00)
    [Digital ID # as0016]

  • Alan and Marilyn Bergman. "The Way We Were." Holograph lyrics, 1973. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (016.00.01)
    [Digital ID # as0016p1]

  • Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman. "The Way We Were." Published piano-vocal score, autographed by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. New York: Colgems Music Corp., 1973. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (017.00.00)
    [Digital ID # as0017]

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head"

From the early days of "Tin Pan Alley" to the latest downloadable technologies, Hollywood has had a remarkable ability to insert songs into the American vernacular, and few are as memorable as the award-winning 1969 hit, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. For this work, lyricist Hal David (1921–2012) and composer Burt Bacharach (b. 1928) received the Academy Award for best original song. In 2012, they were honored as the recipients of the fourth Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, awarded by the Library of Congress.

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  • Hal David. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head." Holograph lyrics, ca. 1969. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (024.00.00)
    [Digital ID # as0024]

  • Photograph of Hal David, ca. 1995. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (025.00.00)
    [Digital ID # as0025]

The Latin Touch: Tito Puente and Celia Cruz

ASCAP members are as diverse in genre and styles as they are in ethnicity and social background. Latin jazz and salsa composer/performer Tito Puente (1923–2000) and Cuban-American salsa superstar Celia Cruz (1925–2003) are shown at one of the many ASCAP events that celebrate the universality and diversity of music and the musicians who make it.

Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, ca. 1992. Reproduction. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (044.00.00)
[Digital ID # as0044]

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