Prolific composer and lyricist Norman Gimbel, who won an Academy Award and Grammy for his work, has passed away at the age of 91.
Gimbel, who was also inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame for extensive career, passed away on Wednesday, December 19 at his home in Montecito, California.
In addition to writing the iconic theme to the 1970s Wonder Woman television series starring Lynda Carter, Gimbel also wrote the themes to other popular 1970s television series including Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. On the big screen, Gimbel wrote music for 1970's The Phantom Tollbooth, 1994's A Troll in Central Park and 2001's Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure.
Gimbel would win the Academy Award for Best Original Song co-writing "It Goes Like It Goes" with David Shire for 1979's Norma Rae and win the Grammy Award for Song of the Year co-writing 1973's "Killing Me Softly with His Song" with Charles Fox. With Fox, Gimbel would also receive Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song for "Richard's Window" from 1975's The Other Side of the Mountain and "Ready to Take a Chance Again" from 1978's Foul Play.