Carole Bayer Sager

Carole Bayer Sager
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Carole Bayer Sager
Music: North side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Composer | Singer
Born March 8, 1947 in New York, NY

Carole Bayer Sager has released only three albums of her own, but as a composer she placed a notable stamp on pop music for decades.

She was a teenager when she wrote her first hit, the Mindbenders’ “A Groovy Kind of Love,” and her successes as writer or co-writer in the following years included Melissa Manchester’s “Don’t Cry Out Loud” (one of her many collaborations with Peter Allen), Christopher Cross’ Oscar-winning “Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)” and Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better.” The last was written with Marvin Hamlisch, then Sager’s romantic and musical partner and her collaborator. Sager, Hamlisch and Neil Simon cowrote the musical “They’re Playing Our Song.”

Sager married Burt Bacharach in 1982, and their teaming yielded such songs as the Grammy-winning AIDS benefit single “That’s What Friends Are For.”

Other artists who have recorded her songs include Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Bette Midler.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1977 Best Original Song "Nobody Does It Better" from The Spy Who Loved Me Nomination*
    1979 Best Original Song Through the Eyes of Love" from Ice Castles Nomination*
    1981 Best Original Song "Best That You Can Do" from Arthur Win*
    1993 Best Original Song "The Day I Fall in Love" from Beethoven's 2nd Nomination*
    1994 Best Original Song "Look What Love Has Done" from Junior Nomination*
    1998 Best Original Song "The Prayer" from Quest for Camelot Nomination*
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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