Famous Musician Who Created 'Anthem for Hippie Generation' Dies Day Before Bday

December 17, 2018Dec 17, 2018

The sad news was reported on Monday, December 17 that famous composer Galt MacDermot has passed away. The composer of several Broadway hits died the day before his 90th birthday. 

MacDermot, most famous for his work on "Hair" and "Two Gentlemen of Verona," passed away on Monday. According to Rolling Stone, his granddaughter confirmed his death. 

MacDermot found notoriety in the 1960s as he worked on several hit records, including Grammy Award-winning "African Waltz" for Cannonball Adderley. After moving to New York, he began composing music for Gerome Ragni and James Rado, before the three of them created "Hair." MacDermot worked with them on "The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)," which became "an anthem for the hippie generation."

The production reportedly earned two Tony nominations and won a Grammy for Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album. In its 2009 Broadway revival, it won another Tony and Drama Desk Award.

After working on several other hits, MacDermot was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. The following year, he won the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rolling Stones noted that not only did MacDermot have a profound impact on Broadway, he also made an impact on the entire hip-hop genre. Some of his sounds have appeared in tracks from Snoop Dogg, Faith Evans, and Busta Rhymes.

Please be praying for MacDermot's family during this time. Share your prayers here! In other recent news, a Grammy-winning singer just took a sabbatical to read the Word of God.