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Billy Goldenberg

 

Billy Goldenberg

William Leon "Billy" Goldenberg (born February 10, 1936, Brooklyn, New York City) is an American composer most known for his work on television and film.

Among his most noteworthy were his collaborations with Steven Spielberg on his telefilms (in particular, Duel in 1971) and his seven-episode contribution toward the NBC Mystery Movie detective series Columbo. He composed the theme music for several popular television programs, including Kojak, Rhoda and Our House. He also composed the scores to countless films and TV movies including Fear No Evil (1969), The Grasshopper (1970), Red Sky at Morning (1971), Up the Sandbox (1972), The Last of Sheila (1973), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973), Busting (1974), Reflections of Murder (1974), The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975), One of My Wives Is Missing (1976), The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976), Helter Skelter (1976), The Domino Principle (1977), Scavenger Hunt (1979), The Best Little Girl in the World (1981), Reuben, Reuben (1983), Good to Go (1986), 18 Again! (1988) and many others.

Goldenberg served as Musical Director for Elvis Presley's Comeback Special, The Ann-Margret Show, An Evening with Diana Ross and others.

He received an Emmy Award in 1975 for the CBS miniseries Benjamin Franklin and again in 1978 for the NBC miniseries King. He has received 22 Emmy nominations in total.

Goldenberg served as musical accompanist for An Evening with Elaine May and Mike Nichols. He was also the composer of the Michael Bennett-directed Broadway musical Ballroom, based on the television special Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, which he also composed. He was co-creator and accompanist of Bea Arthur on Broadway - Just Between Friends, which received a Tony nomination and toured extensively through the US, UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa. In September 2009, he Executive Produced a star-studded Broadway tribute to Arthur, a friend of over 30 years, who died in April 2009.

His songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Bea Arthur, and Dorothy Loudon, among others.

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