Allee Willis: Friends theme songwriter dies at 72


Allee Willis, who wrote the iconic theme song to the TV show "Friends" and co-wrote the Earth, Wind & Fire classics "September" and "Boogie Wonderland", died on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles at the age of 72, it was announced Wednesday.

It is said that his partner, Prudence Fenton, is "in total shock" by the news. In 2009, she launched The Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch website.

Other songs she worked on include the theme from The Karate Kid, the Pointer Sisters' Neutron Dance and Lead Me On by Patti LaBelle.

Willis received Grammy awards for her work co-writing the Broadway musical The Shade Purple and the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack.

The Times profile tied to her Songwriters Hall of Fame induction called her "a queen of kitsch who made the whole world sing".

As for her music, Willis told the Library of Congress, "I think people know my style and recognize my melodies". Regarding the significance of the September 21 date highlighted in the song, she said that she was not there.

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Willis, who grew up in Detroit, never learned to play music.

"A lot of times I would learn a bass line and then I'd hear the records and I'd go, Oh, that was 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine, '" she told The New York Times past year.

She was nominated for but did not win, Grammy and Tony awards for co-writing the music for The Color Purple.

'The song is associated with happiness-it's at weddings, bar mitzvahs, barbecues, parties, ' Willis said. "A cyber pioneer, she designed as an online tour of Lily Tomlin's life, and has consulted and created content for numerous entertainment and technology companies", the Songwriters Hall of Fame said. "I want to be able to move quicker, so no more huge, self-funded projects".

"I remember sitting there when I hung up saying, 'This shit can't be happening.' Maurice told me to come to the studio the next day".

She was also a visual and social artist, stand-up comedian, antique collector and performance artist. "Life is too short, and I am too exhausted!"