We remember Marvin Hamlisch during the first anniversary of his passing (8/6/2012)

To My Marvin: I miss you dreadfully. I love you forever and after that…xoxo. Terre. – Terre Blair Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch First Anniversary

J. Ernest Green wrote: “A year ago we lost a great composer, musician, performer – but most of all he was a friend, mentor, husband and one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever known. He saw things in us that we didn’t see, and then he helped us to discover them for ourselves!

Performing and working with Marvin was one of the finest experiences of my life, but even better was the time I spent with him talking about baseball, dessert (while we sampled several) and life. All of my love and prayers go out his beautiful and extraordinary wife and best friend – Terre Blair Hamlisch!!

Marvin – you taught all who knew you how to be better musicians and artists but more than that… you showed us how to just be BETTER!!

We miss you more than you know!!”  – J. Ernest Green

Kevin Cole wrote: “My Maestro, My Two Piano Partner, My Mentor and most of all My Friend. I miss you dearly. But you know that. You are on my shoulder and keep me going with our daily chats. Your faith in me has made all the difference. Your generosity on stage and off is a shining example to all of us. You continue to inspire every time we play your music. It was Gershwin that brought us together and Hamlisch that keeps us going. Looking forward to our next adventures. THANK YOU MARVIN! (D.F.I.U.)” – Kevin Cole

Kevin Cole

Marissa McGowan wrote: I can’t believe that it has been almost a year since we lost our incredible composer and friend Marvin Hamlisch. Besides being an unbelievable talent, which everyone in the world knows, he was the kindest, most giving man. We all miss him terribly. All of my love and prayers go to his beautiful and strong widow Terre Hamlisch- one of the most amazing women I know. We love you Marvin.” – Marissa McGowan

Marissa McGowan

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Watch: The Inspiring Music of Marvin Hamlisch:

Marvin Hamlisch -Inspiring Music


 

65 comments

  1. We fondly remember Marvin Hamlisch each and every day. He is dearly missed, but his melodies, music and magic will linger in our ears, minds and hearts forever! We are proud to have Team Hamlisch as a friend, honor Marvin’s legacy with the creation of the Marvin Hamlisch Memorial Award, and send our love to Terre.

    All we do for love! -- Jeremiah Hernandez

    Diana K. Feldman, Volunteer Chair
    and the grateful Staff and Volunteers
    of the American Cancer Society

  2. I didn’t get to meet Marvin but I’m so lucky to know some of his family and I’ve got to meet Terre also! I have heard so many stories about Marvin and from what I’ve heard he was an amazing man and I feel like I’ve got to meet him from his family 🙂 my thoughts are with Terre and the rest of his family this month as I know it’s hard for all of you <3 Marvin will always been remembered and never forgotten that's for sure, his music will live on!

  3. I have never met anyone as amazing as Marvin Hamlisch. He has changed the way I look at life. Thank you for that.
    I miss him dearly! All my LOVE, Rod Kaufmann

  4. Dear Terry,

    Hope you’re well. My thoughts are with you today, and hope that Marvin’s legacy will live on in the tribute I’m a part of in Ocean City New Jersey.

    Be well,

    Joe

  5. Especially today, we are thinking of Terre as well as Marvin. His love for you, Terre, was particularly manifest the last time we saw him. He took such pride in your achievements, even more so than in his own. He was concerned about your health as he sat with us at Yom Kippur services; it seems like yesterday and it seems like ages ago. We missed him at Passover time; our seder was not the same without him. We are so moved by the love, respect, and memories of him that you have shared with us and with the world at large. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to honor his memory.

  6. R.I.P Marvin Hamlisch, a year went by so fast but you’re still being remembered every day through the wonderful creations you left behind

  7. WHAT A GIFT IN MY LIFE TO HAVE WORKED WITH A WONDERFUL PERSON LIKE MARVIN YOU TRULY ARE MISSED NOT ONLY AS A MUSICAL GENIUS BUT AS A FRIEND THAT YOU WERE TO ME THANK YOU RIP

  8. Remembering Marvin Hamlisch on the first anniversary of his passing. This was the the final day of mixing the score for “The Informant”. What a time! — with Marvin Hamlisch and Todd Whitelock.

  9. Music is a universal language and Marvin’s music was a blessing to the world. May he rest in peace and may Terre and all his family members find joy in remembering him and his special talents today. God Bless.

  10. Thinking of my amazing uncle Marvin Hamlisch today I can’t believe it has been year since he has passed my prayers and thoughts with my aunt today I love you both so much!♥

  11. My daughter Emily was in the Children’s Festival Chorus and had the opportunity to sing with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops when she was in 7th grade. Parents were there to chaperone, and Marvin made sure he came over to talk to us. In fact, he joked about the Moms being there for the Pops! He could not have been nicer or more thoughtful. What a great experience for the kids, and for the CFC chaperones!

  12. I feel very fortunate to have been able to work with Marvin during his many visits to Pittsburgh. He was a true genius and an incredibly nice guy. I miss him very much.

  13. Dear Marvin, Although we will always have the legacy of your amazing music, there will always be a void in my heart that no one else can fill. There will never be another Marvin Hamlisch. Not only an amazing talent but the kindest, most generous person I’ve ever know. I truly miss my brother from another mother!!

  14. Fresh out of college, I was given the gift of working with Marvin. He was one of the most genuine people I have ever had the opportunity to know and treated EVERYONE with such kindness and thoughtfulness. And to this day, every time I eat ice cream, I think of Marvin and Shelly Stannard Fuerte. I am a better person for having known him.

  15. Remembering Marvin on the anniversary of his passing. The PSO pops will never be the same..I miss his wit, his smile, his laughter and his genius. We miss you, Marvin!

  16. Remembering Marvin Hamlisch today. Though I never had the chance to meet him, he has had a profound influence on my musical journey through one of my dear friends. Today I am reminded of the joy, passion, and love that was always present in his music and his interactions with people. “While I Still Have the Time” and while we still have the time, we can truly honor him by bringing music and love to all. Thank you, Marvin, for showing us what it means to be a wonderful human being.

  17. “Kiss today goodbye and point me toward tomorrow.
    We did what we had to do
    Won’t forget, can’t regret, what I did for love”
    A Year ago, we lost a Musical icon…
    RIP Marvin Hamlisch

  18. Thinking of Marvin on this day, thank you for all the wonderful music you brought to our ears. I had the pleasure of working for you. Sending thoughts and prayers to Terre.

  19. Can’t believe it’s been a year. I was at the Ravinia concert with Idina Menzel. She was so sick, but Marvin truly had her back. What a gentleman he was.

  20. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hamlisch on several occasions and was always delighted and entertained by his conversations and his particular love of teaching and sharing music with children. He is a real loss to this world and although I can’t do justice to him in words, I am sure he would be amazed at how many lives he touched and how we miss him.

  21. Remembering you today and every day, Marvin. Lots of love and music to Terre and all others you left behind. “everything was beautiful at the ballet…”

  22. Dear Hamlisch Family,
    My heart is with you all.
    Today I remember Mr. Hamlisch, or Marvin as he told me to call him. I had the great privilege of meeting Marvin in 2007 when he was a judge on the Canadian television show Triple Sensation. He immediately put me at ease and gave off such a warmth that I found very comforting. As I continued to work with him, I was constantly amazed at his humour! He was incredibly funny and many times we’d joke around and he’d have me in stitches. I will forever be grateful to Marvin for believing in me and for asking me to sing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, it was an incredible opportunity and I will never forget it. I will never forget his humour, I will never forget his kindness and I will most certainly never forget him. He was truly special and I feel so lucky to have known him.

    With deepest sympathies and warmest thoughts,

    Anwyn

  23. We saw Marvin only one in Buffalo shortly after his marriage. We never were in the right city again to see him unfortunately but we always followed his career. How many standing ovations did he get that evening in Buffalo, NY? Many, but never enough for this genius & fine fine gentleman & human being. We miss him, too…Cathy & Charles Ezell, Monument CO

  24. Marvin, we miss you every day!!!! We carry you in us and your music is sung. You will never be forgotten!! We will always remain a part of your glorious symphony. Love you and Terre! The McVey Clan

  25. Dear Hamlisch Family,Thinking of all of you and Marvin on this difficult day. A year ago today when I received the news of Marvin’s passing it broke my heart. Marvin was such an inspiration and was always a source of encouragement. I met Marvin the day before I graduated from high school. I was chosen to compete in his Search for a Star competition with the Seattle Symphony. The day before the first concert we all came in and performed our songs for him. I walked in and he said, “This is going to be short and sweet, I want to go shopping at Nordstroms.” He wasn’t kidding I think I sang less than 30 seconds of each song and he said great kid, you be wonderful tomorrow. I ended up winning the competition, but more than that I gained an incredible mentor. Over the years I had the honor of performing with Marvin all over the country on his symphony tours. It was such an amazing experience. He always made you feel at ease and never let you take yourself too seriously. I felt relaxed performing with him, I was at home, and so was he. The last time I spoke with Marvin was July 31st and we talked about the upcoming concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony. I still have the last message he left me on my phone, I don’t think I could ever bring myself to erase it. I went and performed that winter without him in Pittsburgh and it was one of the most challenging concert series for me, I missed him dearly, it just wasn’t the same without him, it will never be.Thank you Marvin for all you did for me, you kindness and support. Whenever I get down I think, Marvin Hamlish believes me in and that’s all I need. Take Care,Rachel DeShon

  26. Dear Terre, Thinking about you and Marvin on this sad day…I just wanted to share the story of how I met your incredible husband in 1988. He changed my life that day.

    I idolized Marvin throughout my childhood and finally met him at a benefit concert at the Union County Arts Center in NJ, where I was active in community theatre. It was my 15th birthday.

    I spent that afternoon volunteering backstage and helping the staff organize programs just in the hope of meeting Marvin. Someone tipped him off about me and the next thing I knew he had marched out to the lobby to meet me. He said, “I hear you play the piano and write songs. Why don’t you come up on stage and show me?” For the next 20 minutes I got to play for him. Some of his songs, some of mine. Then he said, “Wanna be in the show tonight? You can play for me and I’ll pretend I’m Sinatra.” He wanted it to be a surprise for my parents. So that evening, I waited for my cue, snuck backstage, Marvin gave me a hilarious introduction, and we performed a song from “They’re Playing Our Song” together. It was the best.

    From that night, we stayed in contact. He gave me advice, put me in touch with people who he thought might help, spoke to my mom about where I should goto school, and even wrote me a college recommendation letter. Every time I saw him he was kind, generous, and always asked how my parents were doing. His early confidence in me was a major reason I decided to pursue a career in music. Truly grateful to have known him. Sincerely,
    Matthew Sklar

  27. I miss you, Marvin. Knowing you changed my life forever. Your kindness and generous heart saved the Pasadena Symphony, and for that I am forever grateful. But even more than that, you brought me and Terre together and gave me the gift of one of the dearest friends I have ever had. You are very dearly missed, but you will live on forever through the music you gave us. I love you.” Melinda Shea

  28. I can’t believe that it has been almost a year since we lost our incredible composer and friend Marvin Hamlisch. Besides being an unbelievable talent, which everyone in the world knows, he was the kindest, most giving man. We all miss him terribly. All of my love and prayers go to his beautiful and strong widow Terre Hamlisch- one of the most amazing women I know. We love you Marvin.

  29. A year ago we lost a great composer, musician, performer -- but most of all he was a friend, mentor, husband and one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever known. He saw things in us that we didn’t see, and then he helped us to discover them for ourselves!

    Performing and working with Marvin was one of the finest experiences of my life, but even better was the time I spent with him talking about baseball, dessert (while we sampled several) and life. All of my love and prayers go out his beautiful and extraordinary wife and best friend -- Terre Blair Hamlisch!!

    Marvin -- you taught all who knew you how to be better musicians and artists but more than that… you showed us how to just be BETTER!!

    We miss you more than you know!!

  30. Dear Terre,

    I cannot claim to have known Marvin a lot. However, I dare say that his pure presence on and off stage as well as his very personal way of making music and connecting with audiences was a special gift that had the power to touch people’s lives.

    I still remember our first meeting backstage when my friend and colleague Shelly introduced me to him. I was afraid to say hello because he was Marvin Hamlisch and I was nothing but an intern. But what did Marvin do? He asked me where I was from, and then we chatted for a short while about the best way to prepare “Weisswuerste” (Bavarian veal sausages). When I had to return to Germany, he graciously signed some piano sheets for me. Wonderful memories from the past.

  31. Marvin Hamlisch was a genius AND a great man. He was the most wonderful, larger than life, make you laugh from the bottom of your being character. Marvin loved life, spread joy and was amazingly generous. He believed in the undying goodness of people. In memory of him on the anniversary of his death, please go out and do something wonderful for someone else. Marvin said, “Music can make a difference.” Marv DID make an incredible difference in the lives of so many. You can/should too!

  32. How wonderfully fortunate all of us are to have had Marvin’s incredible gifts and giving spirit touch us! He gave us so much!
    As we remember Marvin today, let us reflect on what it means to live in a, “giving spirit,” as we go through our lives day by day.
    Miss you and love you buddy!
    Mark, Christy, Grace and Kylie

  33. Working with Marvin on seven “In Performance at the White House” programs, with President Ronald Reagan and his First Lady, Nancy, was one of the great joys in my life. I saw Marvin do it ALL — choices of theme, talent, and songs: writing arrangements, working on the script, rehearsing & conducting the Marine Band, solo performances and hosting duties, too — all with intelligence, charm and real enjoyment of what he was doing. He was a brilliant composer, a great conductor of symphony orchestras, a delightful entertainer, a humanitarian, the list is endless. The world lost a major musical talent one year ago and we will miss him forever. We need to see more of Marvin’s work on Broadway and on stages all over the world!

  34. Marvin, we miss you so much! Our Passover seder was just not the same without you. We know how much you loved Terre; you showed more pride in her accomplishments than in your own. We appreciate all that she has done and continues to do to keep your memory alive for the world. Our memories of you go way back to childhood and are graced with the many happy times we spent together. What a lucky bunch we were to have you accompany our games, our imaginary play and our family get-togethers with your brilliant music.

  35. It is one year later and time has not taken any of the sting out of Marvin’s passing. No amount of time gone by will do that. His will always be a life taken too soon.

  36. Everyday I have a memory of Marvin. I will never forget him. Aug. 6 will always be a day of good memories. Michael Bielski

  37. Marvin, I can’t believe you’ve been gone a year. Thank you for all that you gave us. From your talents, to your wisdom, to your unrivaled pleasure in bringing others joy, you were the best. Nobody did it or will ever do it better, my friend. I miss you.

    Love, Shelly and Art Fuerte

  38. Marvin, my head knows you’ve gone--but you’re still here in my heart. The world will always remember you for all the incredible music you created and your warm and wonderful personality. Those of us fortunate enough to be your family have memories that go back for decades. While you knew greatness for your work, we knew you as our own personal star and we got to take amazing rides on your coat tails--and those memories--light the corners of our minds--forever. I love you and miss you every day. Thank you for everything you gave me.

  39. Marvin -- you departed this stage far too soon. We will forever love you for the music that will long soothe and inspire us; and for your incomparable wit and generosity of spirit that gave so much joy. Although we have every reason to mourn again on this August 6th, we instead choose to celebrate in having reveled in your company and friendship for as long as we could. Rest with the angels -- they’re the lucky ones!

    Terre -- know of our love and constant thoughts.
    Greg, Catherine, Olivia, Emma & William

  40. We remember Marvin as a very special and brilliant talent, but also a very kind and fun-loving man. He was an inspiration to a young John Lloyd Young, years before he made it to Broadway, and I as JLY’s manager was thrilled to collaborate with Marvin on future plans for him and JLY. We miss him. Now, Terre, a dear heart, we are honored to support you in every possible way to ensure Marvin’s legacy into the future. We are your friends for good. Call on us any time. We love you, Dona Miller and John Lloyd Young

  41. A year may have gone by without Marvin among us on Earth, but he remains forever in our hearts and in our thoughts with every magnificent note that is played or sung, with every act of kindness and generosity shown, and with every yellow rose that blooms.

    We love you Terre — stay strong!!
    Susan Ness

  42. We all lost so much ONE YEAR AGO tomorrow when our friend and colleague passed. I was privileged to work with Marvin numerous times and I cherish those experiences! Terre: You have my heart.
    HERE’S TO MARVIN HAMLISCH!!!

    Mark Hummel

  43. Thank you to the hundreds of people that have already started sending me emails, texts, and calls about their love for Marvin on this particularly Difficult day. Thank you to all the friends posting messages on Marvin’s website and social networks. I am overwhelmed and humbled at the outpouring of affection and very grateful. I know Marvin would be as well. With warm appreciation,
    Terre Blair -- Hamlisch

    UPDATE: Thanks to the sixty thousand friends that visited Marvin Hamlisch during the first anniversary of his passing
    (Aug. 6). Thanks to the fifteen thousand friends that visited Marvin’s website during that day! Thank you for your comments and memories. Humbled and grateful! -- Terre Blair Hamlisch & Team Hamlisch.

    • Thank you for sharing your memories with us- I enjoyed him several times at Wolf Trap. Hope you have a peaceful day tomorrow as I am sure it will be an emotional one.

    • Tom Burris Marvin created some of the most beautiful music the world has ever known. And while he is gone…his music lives on…and for that…we are all so very blessed. And through his music…Marvin too lives on…in the memories we share and melodies we sing. Thank You Marvin. Thank You.

    • Marvin you are missed. Your humor will be in our memories. Stories of dinners with you will be passed down to children and grand children. Your music will forever remain in our hearts.

    • He loves us more. Memories of marvins humor will be in our memories. Stories of dinners with him after the show will be passed on to our childrens children. Marvins music will forever remain in our hearts.