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Broadway Flop IN MY LIFE's Oscar-winning Composer Brooks Commits Suicide
some Broadway site ^ | 5-2011

Posted on 05/22/2011 2:48:19 PM PDT by doug from upland

Broadway Flop IN MY LIFE's Oscar-winning Composer Brooks Commits Suicide

Sunday, May 22, 2011; Posted: 02:05 PM - by BWW News Desk

Oscar-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks, famous for writing "You Light Up My Life," who has been awaiting trial on sex assault charges for two rapes, a sodomy case and two sexual assaults has committed suicide, reports the Associated Press.

The wire service reports that he was found in his Manhattan apartment and that "Police say Brooks was found Sunday with a plastic dry-cleaning bag around his head and a towel wrapped around his neck. There also was a helium tank with a hose attached. An autopsy will determine the cause of death. Police say a suicide note was found but they didn't reveal its contents."

Brooks, 71, allegedly seduced the women through Craigslist web postings and lured them to his upper East Side apartment with with promises of parts in his next movie. He purportedly boasted about his Oscar and offered to show it to them at his pad.

Brooks was the man behind the 2005 Broadway musical IN MY LIFE. The original book musical flopped, running 23 previews and 61 regular performances. In addition to writing the music, lyrics and book for IN MY LIFE, Brooks also directed the Broadway production. IN MY LIFE told how "a musician with Tourette's syndrome and a journalist with obsessive compulsive disorder meet cute at a grocery store-with some help from above- and begin an unlikely romance that proves that life's greatest affliction is the one they share-true love," as production notes described the show.

Brooks' "You Light Up My Life" is the most successful single record in the history of recorded music, selling more than seven million copies and staying at number one in the county for more than three months; total record sales of albums and singles of the song exceed 15 million. It received the Academy Award for Best Song when it was featured in the film of the same name (also written, produced and directed by Brooks), as well as winning the Grammy, Golden Globe, American Music, and People's Choice awards. In addition, Brooks has garnered numerous platinum and gold albums and singles, 21 Clio Awards (advertising's highest honor), the Golden Palm Award given at The Cannes Film Festival; 75 other advertising awards (he is a preeminent composer/lyricist and producer in the industry), and multiple ASCAP awards for pop and country music. Having conducted the New York Philharmonic, The London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras, Brooks also composed the music and co-wrote the lyrics for Metropolis: The Musical, which was staged at London's Picadilly Theatre.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: broadway; brooks; lightupmylife; suicide
Many people believe he should have committed suicide shortly after YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE was first heard on the radio.
1 posted on 05/22/2011 2:48:21 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland

Oh, Dougie, that’s cruel.

For everyone else, here is Debbie Boone singing one of my all time favorites, You Light Up My Life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b07-yKnKRMQ


2 posted on 05/22/2011 2:54:09 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NOT FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: doug from upland

I really liked that song about the first 100 times I heard it but then the 2nd week came by and it got old real fast. Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” is another that burned through quick and who can ever forget “We Are The World” which got old in about 2 days.


3 posted on 05/22/2011 2:54:19 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: doug from upland

Because you don’t like it? I always wonder why people say such nasty things.


4 posted on 05/22/2011 2:54:25 PM PDT by brytlea (If you don't know what APOD is you'd better find out!)
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To: doug from upland

+1


5 posted on 05/22/2011 2:55:14 PM PDT by Pelham (Islam, mortal enemy of the free world)
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To: doug from upland

Well......you have to give him some credit. He did save the taxpayers a load of $$ in not having trials for all his transgressions.


6 posted on 05/22/2011 2:56:06 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: doug from upland

So he was the person the Charlie Sheen character was based on.


7 posted on 05/22/2011 2:56:36 PM PDT by ScottinSacto (If anyone will beat Obama, let's not send just anyone. Cain/West 2012)
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To: brytlea

Escuse me, I said such a thing because I was born with the humor gene.


8 posted on 05/22/2011 2:56:57 PM PDT by doug from upland (website reserved just in case: TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland

Tank of helium? Wonder if he floated.


9 posted on 05/22/2011 2:58:12 PM PDT by JPG (The real reason Huck quit? Fear of grizzly bears.)
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To: doug from upland

LOL!

You are not alone, my friend.

When I nominated this song for the best ballad ever written, most of the men voted YECH!!

Of course, most women love it, naturally.


10 posted on 05/22/2011 2:59:12 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NOT FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: packrat35
“We Are The World”

Despise it.

11 posted on 05/22/2011 2:59:18 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: doug from upland

Sounds like another pervert took the self-inflicted dirt nap instead of going to trial on a bunch of sex charges.Saved the state a bunch of money on court costs.


12 posted on 05/22/2011 3:05:52 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: americanophile

Met Debbie and her Dad at a concert. One of my Sister’s good friends was a backup singer. Although I’m not into that kinda music at all, it was a great concert. And Deb and her Dad are very nice people. I reminded Pat of a flip side of one of his earliest recordings. He enjoyed that!
“Everyone’s gonna have Religion and Glory
Everyones gonna be singin’ that story
etc..”
Nice people!


13 posted on 05/22/2011 3:11:39 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: doug from upland

Not to wxcuse his behavior but At 71, he must have been suffering from dementia.


14 posted on 05/22/2011 3:13:46 PM PDT by MissMack99 (Obama = Hitler.)
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To: SatinDoll

Oh, okay. I enjoyed it at first. But there is such a thing as being overexposed. It got a little tiring.

HOT BLOODED and UNDER MY THUMB, on the other hand, never got tiring. :)


15 posted on 05/22/2011 3:15:41 PM PDT by doug from upland (website reserved just in case: TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland

This is GREAT news!

Too bad he didn’t do this a couple of years before he raped those women.


16 posted on 05/22/2011 3:15:50 PM PDT by stockpirate (Republicans that vote for socialism, support socialists are socialists.)
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To: packrat35
I really liked that song about the first 100 times I heard it but then the 2nd week came by and it got old real fast. Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” is another that burned through quick and who can ever forget “We Are The World” which got old in about 2 days.

Ebony and Ivory is one of my all time favorites....

Brooks didn't write THAT one did he?

17 posted on 05/22/2011 3:16:06 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: stockpirate

He did have quite a line - hey, sweetie, wanna see my Oscar? I’ll let you touch it.


18 posted on 05/22/2011 3:21:07 PM PDT by doug from upland (website reserved just in case: TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland
I am surprised the dirt bag was still alive. I would have thought someone would have killed him already for getting "You Light Up My Life" on the radio. That has to be the most overplayed piece of garbage prior to "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer".


19 posted on 05/22/2011 3:22:51 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: All

What should happen to the guy who wrote this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvO53MLYyIg


20 posted on 05/22/2011 3:23:34 PM PDT by doug from upland (website reserved just in case: TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: brytlea

Hey, look at #19. That one really deserves a comment.


21 posted on 05/22/2011 3:26:44 PM PDT by doug from upland (website reserved just in case: TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland

Before he wrote it would have been better.


22 posted on 05/22/2011 3:28:55 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: doug from upland
I said such a thing because I was born with the humor gene.

Many humor-deficient people require gene therapy. Some severe cases require Gene Gene therapy.
Gene Gene the Dancing Machine

23 posted on 05/22/2011 3:32:53 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed: he's hated on seven continents)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Even worse than Muskrat Love?


24 posted on 05/22/2011 3:32:53 PM PDT by Krankor (And he's oh, so good, And he's oh, so fine, And he's oh, so healthy, In his body and his mind)
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To: doug from upland

“You Light Up My Life” Is the worst thing about be able to hear. The song is the aural equivalent of aluminum foil chewing gum. If only they could bury all 15 million copies of it with the miserable bastard.


25 posted on 05/22/2011 3:36:55 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: Krankor

Muskrat Love was far worse. It was mocked in the Lemmon/Garner movie, “My Fellow Americans.”


26 posted on 05/22/2011 3:39:44 PM PDT by doug from upland (website reserved just in case: TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland

Exactly.....I hated that song....


27 posted on 05/22/2011 3:42:03 PM PDT by geege
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To: doug from upland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EC9w0dVtn0


28 posted on 05/22/2011 3:42:31 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: EGPWS

I am not saying he wrote all those songs just that people got sick of them. Paul Mcartney wrote bony and Ivory


29 posted on 05/22/2011 3:42:36 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: EGPWS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebony_and_Ivory


30 posted on 05/22/2011 3:44:17 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: doug from upland
Yes, he should of done it before writing that song, and at the same time should of murdered the composer of Feelins!
31 posted on 05/22/2011 3:44:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: doug from upland

You can’t make this stuff up. Shudder.

Cheesy song. Sleazy writer. Scumbag son. His assistant who set up the rapes is named Lucifer (sans f).

Rape is always an expression of power and dominance over women. Not so much about sexual attraction and gratification. May this guy rest in hell.

Prayers and condolences to the victims and family.


32 posted on 05/22/2011 3:44:54 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: doug from upland

I’m waiting for the author of Wind Beneath My Wings to check out!


33 posted on 05/22/2011 3:45:37 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Krankor
MUSKRAT LOVE

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here is the first comment =

Women were so fine back then and respected themselves. Nowadays they're just skank hos with tramp stamps on their backs.

34 posted on 05/22/2011 3:47:11 PM PDT by doug from upland (website reserved just in case: TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland

“Police say a suicide note was found but they didn’t reveal its contents.”

BROOKS WAS HERE.


35 posted on 05/22/2011 3:52:11 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: Revolting cat!
Funny link. Under it is this comment = "OMG!! This is hilarious!! I've always said that HELL would be having to listen to this song as piped in muzak for all eternity! Talk about overkill on the radio long ago...they ruined a perfectly good song and now I cringe at the sound of it. Finally someone has put a face to that cringy feeling inside!!!! ROFLMAO!! Oh, and it truely looks as if she/he/whatever -lol! is actually singing -- great lipsync"
36 posted on 05/22/2011 3:54:42 PM PDT by doug from upland (website reserved just in case: TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland

Brooks’ “You Light Up My Life” is the most successful single record in the history of recorded music history!


37 posted on 05/22/2011 4:22:14 PM PDT by PROTESTBYPROXY (We are manning up!!)
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To: doug from upland
There also was a helium tank with a hose attached.

He wanted to go out sounding like a cartoon duck?

38 posted on 05/22/2011 4:35:31 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Pelosi: Obamacare indulgences for sale.)
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To: packrat35
Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” is another that burned throug quick

Yes. I'd estimate by about the third bar.

39 posted on 05/22/2011 4:40:04 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

The Pat Boone song you are thinking of is titled Wonderful Time Up There from 1958. My favorite Pat Boone song is (Welcome) New Lovers from 1960.


40 posted on 05/22/2011 4:40:55 PM PDT by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: Erasmus

I think you might enjoy this version. I fixed it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eHBB8yXYKE


41 posted on 05/22/2011 4:46:35 PM PDT by doug from upland (website reserved just in case: TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland

If Ever I See You Again - seems he played himself in it, or something close to himself.


42 posted on 05/22/2011 6:06:26 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: cicero2k
Rape is always an expression of power and dominance over women. Not so much about sexual attraction and gratification.

I've never been clear why so many insist on this distinction. It is perfectly obvious quite a few people, mostly men, obtain their greatest sexual gratification through the expression of power and dominance.

Personally I think it goes back to the 60s "new morality," under which all sex was good. Therefore, if some expression of sexuality was indisputably bad, it was just redefined as not being "really sex."

May this guy rest in hell.

Agreed.

43 posted on 05/22/2011 6:37:51 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sicvee

Yeah. I know that. But I bought the song for the A side, but once I heard the B side, I never played the A side again. Always been a Boogie Woogie fanatic. That song followed the B/W blueprint, so I loved it. What was the A side?


44 posted on 05/22/2011 6:53:50 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: doug from upland; All

Thanks for posting, doug. Interesting.


45 posted on 05/22/2011 8:29:43 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: JPG
"Tank of helium? Wonder if he floated."

Are you trying to make light of his life ;-)

46 posted on 05/22/2011 8:37:24 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: doug from upland

Yeah, it does, I give up. People say stuff they would probably never say to someone in person, I guess because they think it’s funny and because they think it doesn’t matter. I suppose they wouldn’t say it to the person’s family. We just live in such harsh times. And, fwiw, I apologize. You’re probably a nice person.


47 posted on 05/23/2011 6:48:36 AM PDT by brytlea (If you don't know what APOD is you'd better find out!)
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To: brytlea

I really was posting tongue in cheek, you know.


48 posted on 05/23/2011 7:12:13 AM PDT by doug from upland (website reserved just in case: TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland

Maybe I had a headache...yeah...that’s the ticket! ;)


49 posted on 05/23/2011 7:50:20 AM PDT by brytlea (If you don't know what APOD is you'd better find out!)
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