Friday, June 24, 2022

RIP Artie Kane


Artie Kane, Grammy-nominated pianist and composer of film scores including “Looking for Mr. Goodbar” and “Eyes of Laura Mars,” died Tuesday at his home on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, Wash. He was 93. Born Aaron Cohen in Columbus, Ohio on April 14, 1929, Kane was widely considered one of the finest keyboard players in the history of Hollywood. He played for every major composer during the 1960s and ’70s, including John Williams (“The Poseidon Adventure”), Jerry Goldsmith (“Chinatown”), Lalo Schifrin (“The Cincinnati Kid”), Henry Mancini (“Wait Until Dark”), Michel Legrand (“The Thomas Crown Affair”), John Barry (“The Deep”), Johnny Mandel (“The Americanization of Emily”), Elmer Bernstein (“McQ”) and many others. He played piano on Jerry Goldsmith’s Euro-western score for “100 Rifles” starring Burt Reynolds, Jim Brown and Raquel Welch.

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