Composer Michael Masser, who wrote and produced of some of Whitney Houston's biggest hits, died in July 2015. He was 74. (credit: Mark Cieslikowski/ Getty Images)

Composer Michael Masser, Hit-Maker For Houston, Ross, Dies At 74

Composer Michael Masser, who wrote and produced of some of Whitney Houston’s biggest hits, has died. He was 74.


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Jazz-Funk Pioneer Joe Sample Dies At 75

Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died at age 75.


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Award-Winning Bassist, Composer Nathan East Discusses His Debut Solo Album

Award-winning bassist and composer, Nathan East, stopped by KCAL9 Tuesday to tell viewers about his debut solo album.

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‘Chorus Line’ Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dead At 68

“Chorus Line” and “Sting” composer Marvin Hamlisch has died at the age of 68.

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Legendary composer Hal David received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame Friday. (credit: AP)

Legendary Composer Hal David Gets Walk Of Fame Star At 90

It’s unlikely you can go an entire day without hearing a Hal David song. And you have surely sung his songs in the car or in the shower.

CBS2 / KCAL9–10/14/2011

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‘The Color Purple’ Composer Fred Steiner Dies At 88

Fred Steiner, a television and film music composer who penned the theme for the “Perry Mason” TV series and was one of the composers of the Oscar-nominated score for “The Color Purple” has died.


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‘Lonely Boy’ Composer Andrew Gold Dies In Encino At 59

Andrew Gold, a singer, musician and composer whose songs included the 1977 hit “Lonely Boy,” has died. He was 59.


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‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ Songwriter Dies At 96

Hugh Martin, the composer-songwriter whose works included “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Trolley Song,” died Friday. He was 96.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/11/2011