Charlie Smalls (October 25, 1943 – August 27, 1987) was an African- American composer and songwriter, best known for writing the music for the 1975 Broadway musical . The Wiz
prodigy, Smalls attended the Juilliard School at age eleven in 1954, staying until 1961. He wrote the song "From Me To You" for the [1 ] Hugh Masekela 1966 album Hugh Masekela's Next Album. In 1968, he appeared on the "Some Like It Lukewarm" episode of [2 ] (episode #56, original airdate March 4, 1968), chatting at a piano with singer The Monkees Davy Jones. He wrote a song for [3 ] John Cassavetes's 1968 film called "Never Felt Like This Before". Faces
After graduating from the
High School of Performing Arts, Smalls toured as a member of the New York Jazz Repertory Company before beginning work on The Wiz. An African-American retelling of L. Frank Baum's , The Wonderful Wizard of Oz The Wiz was adapted into a feature film, starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, by Motown Productions and Universal Pictures in 1978. He also wrote the score for the 1976 film, . Drum
He died suddenly aged just forty-three in
Belgium, during emergency surgery to repair a burst appendix. He is survived by his son Michael. [4 ]
At the time of his death, Smalls was working on a new musical. He had begun working on
Miracles, a musical adaption of by The Man Who Could Work Miracles H.G. Wells. He had recorded some songs with Geoffrey Holder and The Harlem Boys Choir. [5 ]
Honours [ edit ]
Smalls won the 1975
Tony Award for Best Score for his work on The Wiz. [6 ]
References [ edit ]
^ Aufderheide, Jeremy (2007). " Creators: Charlie Smalls". The Wiz: A Virtual Coffee Table Book. Retrieved January 20, 2008.
^ Sandoval, Andrew (2005). The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story Of The 60s TV Pop Sensation. Thunder Bay Press. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-59223-372-4.
^ Search for "Charlie Smalls" at " Past Winners Search". . Retrieved January 20, 2008. The American Theater Wing's Tony Awards
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