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Encyclopedia > Allee Willis

Allee Willis is an American songwriter, artist, set designer, multimedia artist, writer and director. A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Look up Artist in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Scenic design also known as Stage design is the creation of theatrical scenery. ... Multimedia Artists These are artists using a range of media to communicate their art, such as installations, rooms, sound and visual effects. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Generally a director is a person or one of a body of persons appointed to manage the affairs of a government agency, company, corporation, group or project. ...

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Overview

In 1995 Willis was nominated for an Emmy for her #1 hit, “I'll Be There For You”, the theme from "Friends", one of the best selling television themes of all time. In 1985 she won a Grammy for Best Soundtrack for ‘Beverly Hills Cop’. Her songs have sold over 50,000,000 records, including “September” and “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind & Fire, “Neutron Dance” by the Pointer Sisters, “What Have I Done To Deserve This?” by Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, and “Lead Me On” by Maxine Nightengale. Willis has collaborated with hundreds of leading artists and composers from all fields of music, including Bob Dylan, James Brown, Herbie Hancock and Motown legend Lamont Dozier. She is co-authored the Broadway musical version of “The Color Purple”, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Alice Walker and film by Steven Spielberg, which opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theater December 1st 2006. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Soundtrack refers to the recorded sound accompanying a visual medium such as a motion picture, television show, or video game. ... Beverly Hills Cop (1984) is an American comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy. ... Boogie Wonderland is a 1979 hit disco single for Earth, Wind and Fire with the Emotions, taken from the album I AM. It is regarded as a classic of the disco age. ... Earth, Wind & Fire is an American funk band, formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1969. ... The Pointer Sisters were an American vocal group and recording act from Oakland, California that achieved great success during the 1970s and 1980s. ... Pet Shop Boys are an English electronic/pop music act, formed by Neil Tennant (b. ... Dusty Springfield Dusty Springfield OBE (April 16, 1939 – March 2, 1999) was a British popular singer whose career achieved the most success in the 1960s. ... An artist is someone who employs creative talent to produce works of art. ... Composers are people who write music. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and poet whose enduring contributions to American song are often compared, in fame and influence, to those of Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and Hank Williams. ... James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Universal James, Mr. ... Herbie Hancock Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is a jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Lamont Dozier (born June 16, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African American songwriter and record producer, best known as a member of Holland-Dozier-Holland, the songwriting and production team that was responsible for much of the Motown sound and numerous hit records by artists such as Martha & the... Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... The Color Purple book cover The Color Purple is a 1982 novel by Alice Walker which received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. ... The gold medal awarded for Public Service in Journalism The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical compositions. ... Alice Malsenior Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an African American author and feminist whose most famous novel, The Color Purple, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award. ... Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE (born December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American film director. ... Note on spelling: While most Americans use er (as per American spelling conventions), the majority of venues, performers and trade groups for live theatre use re. ...


History

Willis grew up in Detroit. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Journalism. Upon graduation, she moved to New York to become a copywriter for Columbia and Epic Records, writing liner notes, print ads and radio commercials for all the female and Black acts, many of whom she went on to write songs for later. She recorded an album of the first ten songs she ever wrote, “Childstar”, on Epic Records and was discovered by Bonnie Raitt and Patti LaBelle when they started recording her songs in the late 70’s. Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ... Journalism is a discipline of collecting, analyzing, verifying, and presenting information gathered regarding current events, including trends, issues and people. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq. ... Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // History Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Bonnie Raitt on the cover of her album Silver Lining Arbonna Bonnie Raitt, (born November 8, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt. ... Patti LaBelle Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holt on May 24, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a hugely revered African-American R&B/soul singer who fronted two moderately successful groups before rising to stardom as a solo artist in the late 1970s, influencing a new generation of female singers. ...


From 1986 to 1988 Willis had her own column in Details Magazine. It was in that magazine that she introduced her proudest musical find, the Del Rubio Triplets, 70 plus year old 'singing' sisters in mini skirts and go go boots who went on to appear in over 20 network shows and tour around the world. The Del Rubio Triplets were a variety/musical act who rose to notoriety in the 1980s due mostly to their campy style of dress and their goofy interpretations of standards and songs of the era. ...


Songs written by Allee Willis

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Miscellanea

Her house, built as the party house for MGM in 1937, has appeared in major art, architecture and entertainment magazines.


Her motorized artwork, sculpture and furniture have been featured in museums and galleries around the world.


See also

Boogie Wonderland is a 1979 hit disco single for Earth, Wind and Fire with the Emotions, taken from the album I AM. It is regarded as a classic of the disco age. ...

External links

  • Allee Willis Music is the official Allee Willis website with pictures, some history behind the songs as well as sound bites and articles.
  • Bubbles the Artist - is the official Bubbles the Artist website, featuring collectible art.

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Willis had been consulting on musical direction for Purple for a year and a half when in 2001, producer Scott Sanders called her for her insight on Brenda Russell, whom he was considering enlisting for the show.
Willis suggested to Sanders that they compose as a team, and 4-½ years later, the show—with a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman—features their transcendent Tony-nominated work, which is as creatively transformational as the Steven Spielberg-directed film of the property was from Alice Walker’s original book.
Willis, who was raised in Detroit—where the music of Motown got in her blood—graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Journalism before moving to New York in 1969 and landing a copywriting job at Columbia and Epic Records.
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